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Egypt voters approve referendum extending president’s rule

Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday, a move that critics fear will cement his authoritarian rule eight years after a pro-democracy uprising.

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Migrants fearful after hundreds arrested in Mexico raid

UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 8:11 p.m.

Central American migrants traveling through southern Mexico toward the U.S. on Tuesday fearfully recalled their frantic escape from police the previous day, scuttling under barbed wire fences into pastures and then spending the night in the woods after hundreds were detained in a raid.
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Saudi Arabia beheads 37 prisoners for terrorism crimes

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded 37 Saudi citizens, most of them minority Shiites, in a mass execution across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes. It publicly pinned one of the convicted Sunni extremists’ bodies and its severed head to a pole as a warning to others.
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As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

A top Sri Lanka official said Tuesday the Easter bombings that killed 321 people were carried out by a Islamic fundamentalists in apparent retaliation for the New Zealand mosque massacres last month by a white supremacist, while the Islamic State group sought to claim responsibility for the suicide blasts at churches, hotels and other sites.
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US voices disappointment at delay in Afghan talks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Afghanistan’s president over the weekend to express Washington’s disappointment over the indefinite postponement of Afghan talks with the Taliban, according to a statement released Monday.
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Official: Sri Lanka failed to heed warnings of attacks

UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019, 5:07 p.m.

Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings from intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group that officials blame for Easter Sunday bombings which killed more than 200 people, the country’s health minister said Monday.