ISIS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings

ISIS, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a wave of coordinated bombings at churches and high-end hotels across Sri Lanka. The terrorist organization offered no evidence to support that assertion, which was initially announced in a statement in Arabic published by its Amaq news agency on Tuesday, saying the attackers were “among the fighters of the Islamic State,” according to a translation by SITE Intelligence Group, a company that tracks extremist groups. ISIS later issued a longer, formal statement identifying the seven suicide bombers who detonated explosive-laden vests at…

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Pope Francis To Visit 3 African Countries In September

Pope Francis will visit the African countries of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius in early September, the Vatican announced on Wednesday. The Vatican said that during the Sept. 4-10 visit, Francis will visit the capitals: Maputo in Mozambique, Antananarivo in Madagascar and Port Louis in Mauritius. In a national address, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said his country invited Francis last year and that the pontiff accepted “in principle, as long as his health allowed.” This will be the second papal visit to the southern African nation since John Paul II visited…

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Trump Declares End to ISIS

U.S. President Donald Trump has declared that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will be eliminated from its last territory in Syria by Thursday. Trump, who spoke at the White House, announced that the last of the Islamic State’s territory in Syria was currently being liberated by US-backed forces and that the situation would be resolved “by tonight.’’ While holding maps of ISIS’ territory in Iraq and Syria before and after his election, Trump pointed to a very small portion of the map that was currently being held…

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Uganda Adopts Strategies to Stop Gambling

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has ordered authorities to stop issuing and renewing licences to betting firms in a bid to crack down on gambling, the finance minister said Monday. “The directive was received on the matter and it is going to be implemented,” the minister David Bahati told AFP. Speaking to the privately owned Daily Monitor, Bahati said Museveni had ordered that “from now onwards, no new companies are going to be licensed.  Those which are already registered, no renewal of licences when they expire.” Gambling, especially in sport, has become…

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