One of the attackers behind the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka once studied in the UK, officials say, as further details on the bombers emerge. He studied there in the mid-2000s and did not complete a full university degree, a senior Whitehall official told the BBC. The attacker later did a course in Australia, Sri Lanka's deputy defence minister said. The death toll has risen to 359, with more than 500 people wounded. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said the Islamic State (IS) group may be linked to the blasts. IS has said it carried out the attacks, which targeted churches and high-end hotels, although it did not provide direct evidence of its involvement. Key information fromEmirates24|7
Sara Ali Khan Gautam Gulati Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas. Photo: Instagram Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora in London. Photo: Instagram Amrita Arora Photo: Instagram Iulia Vantur Pooja Hegde Sonakshi Sinha Ananya Panday (L), Tiger Shroff (C) and Tara Sutaria perform during the first song launch of upcoming romantic comedy drama Hindi film "Student of the Year 2". (AFP) Shweta Bachchan Alia Bhatt Suhana Khan Varun Dhawan Kareena Kapoor Sidharth Malhotra, Ekta Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra Janhvi Kapoor Kareena Kapoor (Instagram) Kareena Kapoor and Karisma Kapoor (Instagram) Shilpa Shetty and family. Anushka Sharma Arjun Kapoor Sonam Kapoor and husband Anand Ahuja Priyanka Chopra shares photoAl Jazeera
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticised the administration of US President Donald Trump for not condemning a mass execution of prisoners in Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia beheaded 37 of its citizens for what it said were "terrorism"-related crimes, publicly pinning two of the bodies to a pole as a warning to others. "After a wink at the dismembering of a journalist, not a whisper from the Trump administration when Saudi Arabia beheads 37 men in one day - even crucifying one two days after Easter," Zarif said on Twitter, referring to the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi agents in October. "Membership of the #B_team - Bolton, Bin Salman,
A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 has made a seemingly miraculous recovery after emerging from a 27-year-long coma. Munira Abdulla, who was aged 32 at the time of the accident, suffered a severe brain injury after the car she was travelling in collided with a bus on the way to pick up her son from school. Omar Webair, who was then just four years old, was sitting in the back of the vehicle with her, but was left unscathed as his mother cradled him in her arms moments before the accident. Ms Abdulla - who was being driven by her brother-in-law - was left seriously injured, but last year regained consciousness in a German hospital.Emirates24|7
Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger chose the 'Avengers: Endgame' premiere to make their first public appearance as a couple. The 39-year-old actor and the 29-year-old author announced their engagement in January, following half a year of romance, and on Monday the pair stepped out for their first major public appearance as a couple at the film's star-studded launch at the Los Angeles Convention Center. On the red carpet, Chris - who plays Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - admitted he counts his "blessings every day" that he has "good things" happening in his work life and at home. Giving an update on the progress of their wedding planning, Chris joked to 'Entertainment Tonight': "I'm up to about my neck, you know?Egypt Independent
The United States on Monday said it will not extend sanctions exemptions to countries importing oil from Iran when they expire in early May. It means countries and companies trading with Iran without Washington's consent risk US sanctions and getting cut off from the American financial system. Washington had reimposed sanctions on Iran in November last year after President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the landmark nuclear deal struck between Iran and six global powers. But the US had granted waivers, known as significant reduction exceptions (SRE), which allowed India and seven other countries to continue importing a reduced quantity of Iranian oil for six months ending May 1. At the time,Emirates24|7
Serena Williams says it took "a lot of effort" to plan Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower when she threw the special bash back in February. The 37-year-old tennis star has been friends with the former actress - who was known as Meghan Markle before marrying Prince Harry last year - for several years and took on the task of planning her baby shower back in February for the tot she's expecting any day now, and has now revealed the party was a lot more pressure than she'd first thought. Speaking to Business of Fashion, she said: "Planning something like that takes a lot of effort. Serena - who has a 19-month-old daughter of her own named Alexis Olympia - threw Meghan's shower at The Mark Hotel, where guests were treated to a flower-arranging class and plenty of delicious food.