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A series of coordinated bombings on Easter Sunday rocked Sri Lanka killing more than 350 people. At least 500 people have been wounded in the deadliest attack in the island .The blasts targeted three churches, as well as four hotels – including the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and the Cinnamon Grand – in the capital Colombo. Nearly all victims were Sri Lankan. Dozens of foreigners were also killed.


Notre Dame, a medieval cathedral, caught fire. The roof is gone, and with it the spire. The interior damage is extensive. Firefighters saved artefacts and relics, including a supposed part of Jesus’s crown of thorns.

Julian Assange, a cofounder of WikiLeaks, arrested in London. America wants him for publishing military secrets. Sweden may also want him: a woman who says he raped her. He also faces jail in Britain for jumping bail.

Egypt President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi becomes stronger. Egypt’s parliament passed constitutional amendments that would allow him to rule until 2030.

Hugo Carvajal, a former head of Venezuela’s military intelligence service, arrested in Spain. He called on the army to stop supporting Nicolás Maduro.


AKQA says it used AI to invent a new sport called Speedgate. To do that, AKQA  says it used an existing recurrent neural network architecture, feeding it data about 400 sports, which were then used to generate sports concepts and rules.

Mohamed Salah, an Egyptian soccer hero and a sporting legend who just completed an improbable comeback. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the first woman to be speaker of the house and the youngest woman elected to Congress. Those are just some of the individuals selected for this year’s edition of Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the most influential people in the world.


Despite disputes, Apple and Qualcomm settled a six-year licensing agreement.

FBI asked Apple to unlock iPhone in 2017. The FBI made more of an effort to get Apple to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone than it did trying to open the device on its own, according to a Justice Department report.

Amazon has entered into discussions to launch a free, ad-supported music service.

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