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Japanese police probe knife on desk of emperor’s grandson

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Japanese media reports say police are investigating a knife that was placed on the school desk of Emperor Akihito’s grandson.

The incident involving 12-year-old Hisahito, who is in succession line for the Chrysanthemum Throne, comes as Japan prepares for ceremonies marking Akihito’s abdication on April 30.

Kyodo News says police are investigating security camera footage. The Metropolitan Police Department has declined comment and Ochanomizu University Junior High School did not answer calls.

Akihito’s son, Crown Prince Naruhito, is set to become emperor May 1. Hisahito is Naruhito’s nephew.

The emperor, revered as a god during World War II, now holds no political power and serves as national symbol.

Akihito and his family are generally popular but have been targeted in attacks in the past.

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The Latest: Sri Lanka troops find 15 bodies in raid on house

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The Latest on Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka (all times local):

8:50 a.m.

Police say that 15 bodies including six children have been found after a raid in east Sri Lanka on militants linked to the Easter bombings.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara gave the figures early Saturday after a gunfight between soldiers and the suspected militants near Sammanthurai.

The gunbattle began Friday night after police tipped off soldiers to a suspected safe house, where authorities say the militants set off three explosions and opened fire. At least three others were wounded in the attack.

Gunasekara says some of the dead likely were militants who blew themselves up in suicide bombings.

Earlier, the military said at least one civilian had been killed in the attack.

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8:05 a.m.

Sri Lanka’s military says soldiers are raiding an area in the country’s east where a gunfight between troops and suspects linked to the Easter suicide bombings killed two militants and one civilian.

Maj. Gen. Aruna Jayasekara, the local military commander, said Saturday that at least three people were wounded in the gunbattle that saw at least three explosions.

Jayasekara says soldiers and police wanted to wait until daylight to carry out further raids given houses being built so close together.

Meanwhile, the military says security forces have recovered explosives, detonators, “suicide kits,” military uniforms and Islamic State group flags during the raids.

The Easter suicide bombings, claimed by the Islamic State group, targeted churches and hotels and killed at least 250 people.

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Sri Lanka says 2 militants, civilian killed in fresh raid

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Sri Lanka’s military says soldiers are raiding an area in the country’s east where a gunfight between troops and suspects linked to the Easter suicide bombings killed two militants and one civilian.

Maj. Gen. Aruna Jayasekara, the local military commander, said Saturday that at least three people were wounded in the gunbattle that saw at least three explosions.

Jayasekara says soldiers and police wanted to wait until daylight to carry out further raids given houses being built so close together.

Meanwhile, the military says security forces have recovered explosives, detonators, “suicide kits,” military uniforms and Islamic State group flags during the raids.

The Easter suicide bombings, claimed by the Islamic State group, targeted churches and hotels and killed at least 250 people.

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Mexico complains to US about longer border crossing times

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Mexico has expressed concern to the United States government about lengthy delays at ports of entry along their shared border that are hurting companies in both countries.

Mexico’s foreign affairs ministry said in a statement Friday that impacts to Mexican and U.S. businesses have been felt in April due to delays in customs inspections at the border.

In late March, the U.S. government announced it was moving some personnel from ports of entry to help Border Patrol handle the influx of migrant families. Longer border crossing times resulted.

Mexico asked for a meeting of the 21st Century Border Executive Steering Committee, which includes officials from both governments, to discuss the issue.

In the first two months of 2019, Mexico became the United States’ number one trading partner.

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After grief and chaos, picture of Sri Lanka bombers emerges

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An impatient little girl in a pretty dress pulls on the hand of a man, possibly her grandfather, as they cross a brick courtyard outside St. Sebastian’s Church on Easter Sunday. Directly in her path a slightly built, bearded man, bent beneath the weight of a large backpack, slows down so he doesn’t bump into the girl, his fingers seeming to touch her hair for just an instant as she passes.

And then, CCTV cameras show, they both go about their day, the girl continuing across the courtyard, the man with the pack marching with purpose toward the main church building — a common, almost mundane interaction made chilling only by what happens next.

The man walks into the church packed with worshippers, a ceiling fan whirring above, and, according to authorities, detonates the bomb in his bag, part of a coordinated set of attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the country that killed more than 250 people. Officials are now hunting for clues that might explain how a little-known Islamic radical group went from defacing Buddhist statues and posting online screeds to pulling off one of the most stunning and brutal attacks in recent years.

From a copper factory outside Colombo where the bombs may have been put together, to a respected spice merchant’s luxury compound in the capital where his two wealthy, radicalized sons reportedly planned their parts in the bombings, to a hothead mastermind who seems to have sharpened his building hatred with help from the Islamic State group — a picture of a determined local militant cell that suddenly went global is slowly emerging from the immediate aftermath of grief and confusion.

As the bombers’ motivations and backgrounds come into focus, Sri Lanka, which dealt with homegrown terror of a much different sort during a nearly three-decade civil war, is struggling to understand how a sliver of local Muslims broke off from what had been a relatively inclusive form of the religion for years and apparently joined an international militant network whose brand is mass murder on a spectacular scale.

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THE SPICE BROTHERS

It doesn’t look much like a militant lair: The three-story villa’s smooth, well-maintained exterior rises up behind a solid white wall in a quiet, leafy neighborhood, wood-framed glass doors opening up on spacious balconies flanked by pillars, a BMW parked outside.

But it was inside this home that the sons of a wealthy, well-connected — and now arrested — pepper and cinnamon merchant, Mohammad Yusuf Ibrahim, may have planned their deadly parts in the bombings. And it was here that, as the police closed in after the men’s alleged suicide attacks, the wife of one of the brothers reportedly blew up herself, her children and several police officers.

At a copper factory that has been linked in local media to the family, conspirators may have packed scraps of metal into the bombs used in the attacks.

Some of the attackers reportedly worked out at a local gym ahead of the attacks. They played soccer. They bought a car in a suburb of Colombo.

The developing portrait of the attackers is both maddeningly incomplete and unsettling. These men appeared to be well-educated — one, for instance, reportedly studied in the United Kingdom and Australia; well-connected, with apparent links in some cases to the nation’s business and political elite, and financially stable.

So how could some of Sri Lanka’s most well-off citizens fall prey to virulent extremism?

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe offered this not altogether satisfying explanation: “They were too educated and, therefore, they were misled.”

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THE MASTERMIND

He stands in a long black robe, surrounded by other purported bombers, the only one with his face uncovered by a scarf. Clutching an assault rifle in one hand, he lifts the index finger of the other in an apparent militant salute and pledges allegiance to the Islamic State group, which distributed the video it says shows the attackers it had sponsored.

The man appears to be Mohamed Zahran, who officials said was the attackers’ ringleader, and who was only recently confirmed by officials to have died in one of the suicide missions.

Zahran has been affiliated with a group called National Towheed Jamaat, which has been known for several years because of his incendiary online speeches lashing out against all non-Muslims and calling for their elimination. The group has also reportedly vandalized Buddhist statues.

In 2014, a group that called itself the “Peace Loving Moderate Muslims in Sri Lanka” published a newspaper commentary that said National Towheed Jamaat was “fast becoming a cancer” within Sri Lanka’s Muslim community and warned that the group was making mosque attendance compulsory, forcing a strict implementation of Islamic law and making women cover their faces and wear long robes.

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THE OUTSIDE HELP

Easter Sunday again. Another CCTV camera, another man carrying a too-large backpack. This time at a luxury hotel. He enters the restaurant and pauses, awkwardly, among the tables.

The world has zeroed in on what officials say happens next — the carnage and the misery — but police have been trying to answer another very specific mystery: How did this tiny, little-known Sri Lankan group suddenly orchestrate a large-scale, nearly simultaneous suicide bombing attack against busy churches and hotels across the country?

The right people had to be recruited and trained in bomb-making. Safe houses had to be found; the targets scouted. Someone had to make sure the bombers got where they needed without blowing themselves up at the wrong time or getting stopped by police.

It is the kind of sophisticated operation that strongly points to local extremists being groomed by foreigners.

The choice of targets — Christians and foreigners — also suggests outside assistance. A strictly homegrown Islamic extremist attack would have likely targeted majority Buddhists because of anger over ultranationalist mob attacks on Muslims in past years.

The Islamic State group claimed quick responsibility for the attack, but only recently Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that there was confirmation that the Sri Lankan attackers were supported by the group.

Police have announced that the attackers got some of their weapons training overseas, and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said some 140 people in Sri Lanka have been identified as having links to IS.

“This is another experience for us. Not that we are not strangers to terrorism, but this is global terrorism, so we have to ensure that we root this out,” Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said.

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THE SEEDS OF HATE

The Easter explosions may have seemed sudden, but experts point to a long period of gradual radicalization among some Sri Lankan Muslims.

Muslims in the country were once a “model community” that supported the government in the fight against the Tamil Tiger rebels in the civil war that ended in 2009, terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna said. It was only after the 2001 attacks in the United States and the subsequent U.S. invasion of Iraq, he said, that radical preachers began coming to Sri Lanka, often from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and extremists began more regularly posting online hate.

“This type of Islam started to replace the local and traditional type, which is a very beautiful form of Islam because it accommodated other religions. There had been space for other religious groups to operate, but the type that came from the Middle East was very hard line, more political, more anti-Western,” he said.

Now, he said, “The floodgates have been opened.”

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Colombia seeks arrest of ex-rebel leader for dodging courts

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A peace tribunal in Colombia has ordered the arrest of a former rebel commander for failing to contribute to reconciliation efforts mandated by a recent peace deal.

Hernan Velasquez was one of the most-feared commanders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia behind some of the deadliest attacks in the country’s half-century conflict. But he laid down his weapon in 2016 along with thousands of other guerrillas as part of the peace deal.

Since then he has failed to appear before the peace tribunal to confess his war crimes. As a result, magistrates on Friday said he would no longer be eligible for benefits including protection from arrest.

Last year he went underground with other prominent rebel leaders who’ve criticized the government for not living up to its commitments.

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Ex-president Da Silva: Brazil governed by ‘crazy people’

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From the federal police headquarters where he is serving a sentence for corruption and money laundering, Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the South American country is now being governed by a “bunch of crazy people.”

Da Silva, who governed Brazil from 2003 to 2010, said Brazilians should look at themselves in the mirror after the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has garnered world attention for his promises to open up the Amazon to development, and comments seen as offensive to minorities and the LGTB community.

“We are going to do a general self-criticism in this country. This country cannot be governed by the bunch of crazy people who govern it,” said da Silva, who is commonly known as Lula, in an interview with the newspapers El Pais and Folha de S. Paulo. “The country doesn’t deserve this and more importantly the people don’t deserve this.”

The Workers’ Party leader has been held in the city of Curitiba since April 2018, after a second court ratified the sentence handed down by former judge Sergio Moro, who is now Brazil’s justice minister. Da Silva was convicted of corruption and money laundering over a beachfront apartment that prosecutors say he received from a construction company in exchange for lucrative government contracts.

“I am obsessed with unmasking judge Moro and those who sentenced me. I want to expose the farce that was mounted in the Justice Department of the United States,” asserted the ex-president in the first interview to be authorized by authorities since he was jailed.

Tuesday, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court reduced the penalty of the former president from 12 years to eight years and 10 months. If he doesn’t receive any new sentences before then, he could enter a semi-open prison regime in September.

Although he focused his criticism on Moro, Brazil’s former president was also found guilty by a second court and also by the Supreme Court.

“I know very well my place in history. I reaffirm my innocence,” da Silva said.

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif accuses Trump officials, Mideast of ‘dragging’ US into conflict with Iran

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says that members of the Trump administration as well as other countries in the Middle East are “dragging the United States into a conflict” with Iran during an interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace set to air on Sunday.

Among those Zarif suspects of wanting to escalate tensions are National Security Advisor John Bolton, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Wallace asked if they’re “all trying to exercise regime change?”

“At least, at least,” Zarif responded. “They have all shown an interest in dragging the United States into a conflict.  I do not believe that President Trump wants to do that, I believe President Trump ran on a campaign promise of not bringing the United States into another war.  But I believe President Trump’s intention to put pressure, the policy of maximum pressure on Iran in order to bring Iran to its knees so that we would succumb to pressure, is doomed to failure.”

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)

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Earlier this week, there had been a war of words between the State Department and the  Iranian foreign minister over the minister’s proposed prisoner swap.

“The Iranian regime can demonstrate its seriousness regarding consular issues, including Iranians who have been indicted or convicted of criminal violations of US [sic] sanctions laws, by releasing innocent U.S. persons immediately,” a State Department spokesperson said. “We call on Iran to free all unjustly detained and missing U.S. persons, including Xiyue Wang, Robert Levinson, Siamak Namazi, and Nizar Zakka, among others.”

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain also contributed to this report.

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Brazil bank ad featuring blacks, transgender taken off air

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A bank commercial that featured a transgender woman and several young blacks has been removed after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro intervened.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain with a long history of disparaging comments about minorities and gays, took office Jan. 1. Since then, he has frequently weighed into cultural wars.

In a statement to The Associated Press Friday, Banco do Brasil said the ad was taken off air after Bolsonaro spoke with the state-run bank’s president, Rubem Novaes. The statement said the director of marketing had been fired, but did not provide further details.

The president’s office declined comment.

Set to music, the ad shows several Brazilians going about their day.

News of the ad’s removal comes a day after Bolsonaro reportedly said Brazil should not become a “gay paradise.”

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif accuses Trump officials, Mideast of ‘dragging’ US into conflict with Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says that members of the Trump administration as well as other countries in the Middle East are “dragging the United States into a conflict” with Iran during an interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace set to air on Sunday.

Among those Zarif suspects of wanting to escalate tensions are National Security Advisor John Bolton, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Wallace asked if they’re “all trying to exercise regime change?”

“At least, at least,” Zarif responded. “They have all shown an interest in dragging the United States into a conflict.  I do not believe that President Trump wants to do that, I believe President Trump ran on a campaign promise of not bringing the United States into another war.  But I believe President Trump’s intention to put pressure, the policy of maximum pressure on Iran in order to bring Iran to its knees so that we would succumb to pressure, is doomed to failure.”

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)

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Earlier this week, there had been a war of words between the State Department and the  Iranian foreign minister over the minister’s proposed prisoner swap.

“The Iranian regime can demonstrate its seriousness regarding consular issues, including Iranians who have been indicted or convicted of criminal violations of US [sic] sanctions laws, by releasing innocent U.S. persons immediately,” a State Department spokesperson said. “We call on Iran to free all unjustly detained and missing U.S. persons, including Xiyue Wang, Robert Levinson, Siamak Namazi, and Nizar Zakka, among others.”

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain also contributed to this report.

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