the explosion sites, the police said.Television footage showed ambulances r
ushing the injured to the Colombo National Hospital, the Batticaloa Hospital in
the east and the Negombo Hospital on the outskirts of the capital where the explosions took place.
There has been no claim of responsibility so far for the multiple blasts.
In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north o
f Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters.
Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a national security council meeting at his home for later in the day.
One of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo.
St. Sebastian’s church posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Fa
cebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.
Out of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddh
ist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim, and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 cen
president of R.W. Mann & Co, an aviation consulting firm. “I think it will be a good thi
ng for Max aircraft, but I’m not sure it will be a good thing overall if it creates an international bureaucratic proce
ss for future certification that will take longer than any individual oversight agency would now require.”
James Hall, managing partner of Hall & Associates, an aviation consulting firm in Washin
gton and former chairman of the NTSB, said it’s unclear how the FAA’s new panel will m
esh with investigations of Boeing launched by the US inspector general, US Justice Department and Congress.
“Will the technical review team look at the certification pro
cess, or is it an attempt to get the plane back in the air?” Hall said. “We’ll see.”
Boeing said it would work closely with the new task force.
“We welcome the Joint Authorities Technical Review and look forward to working wi
th the panel,” Paul Bergman, a spokesman for Boeing in Seattle, said in a statement. “Safety is our top priority.”
in their favor. Hundreds of thousands of people marched through London on Saturday calling for a new referendum on whether to leave the EU or remain.
But with the deadline for a Brexit decision less than three weeks away, British poli
ticians remain divided, and increasingly despairing about the country’s political gridlock.
“Brexit is like the Death Star of politics,” Conservative legislator George Freeman said. “I always fea
red it would be like this. It’s destroying and soaking up all the prime minister’s room for maneuver and political goodwill.
“I’ve never known this country so divided, so angry and in such a dangerous state,” he said.
France is willing to support the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, with the best way forward
being to work together on a project-by-project basis, former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin told China Daily.
In an exclusive interview ahead of the state visit of President Xi Jinping to France
on Monday and Tuesday, Raffarin said it is in France’s national interest to be part of the BRI.
“We also want our companies to propose projects which are good for the BRI, but also go
od for our enterprises,” said Raffarin, who served as prime minister from 2002 to 2005.
BEIJING — China’s agriculture ministry said Wednesday that a new case of African swine fever had been confirmed in Shaanxi province.
The outbreak occurred on a farm with a total of 11,334 pigs in the city of Yulin, the Ministry of A
griculture and Rural Affairs said, citing a China Animal Disease Control Center report.
Up until now, 62 pigs on the farm have died from the viral disease, while 150 have been infected, the ministry said.
A team was dispatched to the area immediately, and local authori
ties have initiated an emergency response to block, cull and disinfect affected pigs.
Transport of all pigs and related products out of or into the blockaded region is forbidden, the ministry said.
African swine fever is believed to only infect pigs, and no humans or other species have thus far been infected.
China reported its first case of the disease in August 2018 in the northeastern province of Liaoning.