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ISIS leader al-Baghdadi pictured for first time since 2014, intel group says

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Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was pictured in a new video for the first time since July 2014, SITE Intelligence Group said Monday.

The video was released by ISIS’s propaganda arm al-Furqan.

Rumors of al-Baghdadi’s death have persisted as ISIS militants who have surrendered to U.S.-backed coalition forces, believed their ideological leader abandoned their cause.

Baghdadi also suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and injuries sustained during an airstrike years ago.

The United States is offering up to $25 million for any credible information that leads to his capture.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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After Sri Lanka blasts, government targets the niqab veil

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As Sri Lanka’s long civil war ended in this once-contested region along its eastern coast, Muslim women eager to show their piousness began wearing the black niqab veil to hide their faces.

Now in the wake of Easter suicide attacks launched by Islamic State group-linked militants that killed over 250 people, Sri Lanka’s president has used his emergency powers to ban the practice previously unheard of in the island nation off the southern coast of India.

The ban, which took effect Monday, has been touted as a security measure. However, it criminalizes a practice more associated with an ultraconservative form of Islam previously unknown on the island, one that more closely adheres to the strict beliefs more common in Saudi Arabia.

It also focuses public attention on women who practice their religious beliefs peacefully, while the government and foreign diplomats say IS-linked militants armed with explosives still roam the island.

“As we have seen in Afghanistan and elsewhere, Muslim women will become a convenient cover for military action,” wrote Nimmi Gowrinathan, a professor at the City College of New York. “Sri Lanka’s pain from the Easter attacks should not be used to promote failed policies.”

The niqab is a black veil made of thin fabric, often with a small opening from which a woman’s eyes can peer out. It’s far more concealing than the hijab, a scarf covering the hair that some Muslim women wear.

Most Islamic scholars and experts say a woman is not religiously required to cover her face with a niqab. However, strictly orthodox Sunni Muslims known as Salafists who advocate a literal return to centuries-old Islamic law believe women must cover their faces.

Such ideas previously were unknown in Kattankudy, a city 220 kilometers (135 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo. But gradually, foreign money and ideas have entered the area.

The population grew more conservative, reflected in the current construction here of a massive copy of Jerusalem’s famed Al Aqsa mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam. The alleged mastermind of the Easter bombings, Mohammed Zahran, also preached an increasingly extremist version of Islam in Kattankudy glorifying the killing of nonbelievers.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe acknowledged to The Associated Press in an interview that authorities wanted to investigate the role of foreign money in the Easter attacks, saying in particular that money from Saudi Arabia had been going to religious organizations.

“Saudi Arabia or the Middle East has been the source of many of those funds and some of it has gone into these extreme organizations,” Wickremesinghe told the AP on Thursday. “These are what we are investigating.”

The Saudi government did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who like other government officials faces widespread criticism over security agencies’ failure to stop the bombings despite having specific prior warnings, banned the practice on Sunday. Under Sri Lanka’s emergency regulations, invoked after the bombing, the measure took effect Monday.

Sirisena “has taken steps to ban . all forms of face covers that may hinder one’s identity been ascertained, as a threat to national security and public safety,” an English-language statement from his office read. “This directive specifies the need for one’s face been clearly visible for ascertaining their identify as its main criterion.”

The statement added that Sirisena “issued this directive to ensure national security and a peaceful and reconciled society, where no ethnic group or community would be subjected to discomfort.”

However, such a measure wouldn’t have stopped the suicide bombings of the three churches and three hotels on Easter, as all were carried out by men. But some Muslim women acknowledged the need to follow the government’s laws amid the ongoing crisis.

“It’s good (the ban on face covering) but some people will feel some hurt because that’s the Islamic culture,” Fathima Musthaque said. “When they are dressing (without covering their face), they get a guilty feeling.”

She added: “All Muslims are not a terrorist. The terrorists are doing this kind of work and it has affected all . not only Muslims, but all the Sri Lankan people.”

On Monday, the first day of the ban, Associated Press journalists briefly saw only one woman wearing the niqab on the streets. However, many shops and businesses remain closed as the threat of more attacks remains. In Kattankudy, few women were on the street.

Neighborhood hijab shops sold colorful scarves as well as ones that are simply black, some called “Dubai style.” Their shelves bore alcohol-free perfumes named after the Burj Kahlifa, the world’s tallest building in Dubai, as well as one called Zam Zam, the name of a well in Mecca that Islamic tradition holds appeared by God’s hand to quench the thirst of one of Ibrahim’s children.

Two teenage salesmen, who gave their names only as Adhnan and Atheek for fear of reprisal for talking to journalists, said they sold at least five niqabs a week. They disagreed over whether they’d asked their own wives to wear the niqab. Adhnan said his mother had worn it since Sri Lanka’s long civil war ended after getting a “deeper understanding of religion.”

“I don’t want anyone to look at my wife,” he added.

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Associated Press writer Rishabh Jain contributed to this report.

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New Zealand spent more than $700,000 on slushy machines to keep prison guards cool

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New Zealand’s Department of Corrections is being criticized for spending more than $700,000 on slushy machines to reduce staff discomfort and tension that could lead to inmate violence.

Information obtained by New Zealand’s National Party revealed that 193 of the machines were installed at 16 locations across the country after a record-breaking heatwave last summer, at a reported cost of NZ$1,095,308 ($730,000).

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National Party leader Simon Bridges called the move “an extraordinary waste of taxpayers’ money,” according to The Guardian.

“Government departments under Labour have got the idea that taxpayer money is there to spray around on whatever,” he said.

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Department of Corrections officials, however, defended the decision to bring in the machines, which prisoners do not have access to.

The department’s acting national commissioner, Andy Milne, said the 2017-2018 summer heatwave caused substantial discomfort among staff and risked raising prisoner tensions.

“The situation had the potential for significantly increased prisoner tension and aggression, and the real risk that prisoners or staff would be seriously hurt as a result,” Milne said.

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The department said the slushy machines, along with other cooling measures like wet face cloths and personal fans, have been a success because there have been no major incidents between prison staff and inmates during the summer, despite high temperatures.

January 2018 was New Zealand’s warmest month in any reliable temperature records dating back to 1867, with highs around 100 degrees Farenheit.

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How eight elderly men nicknamed the ‘Bad Grandpas’ robbed $20M from safety deposit boxes in London

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A group of elderly men nicknamed the “Bad Grandpas” robbed an estimated $20 million in jewels from an underground deposit facility in London through some audacious means, a new book describes.

The eight men, who were experienced criminals, ages 52 to 73 at the time, concocted a bold plan while drinking at the pub to break into the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in the diamond district of London in 2012. Three years later, after purchasing a diamond-tipped drill and a copy of “Forensics for Dummies,” the men successfully burrowed into the safe on Easter weekend of 2015 and made off with millions in precious jewels packed into empty garbage bins.

“The Last Job: The ‘Bad Grandpas’ and the Hatton Garden Heist” by Dan Bilesfsky tells the story of the robbery and where it went wrong — eventually leading to the gang’s capture and conviction.

“This represented a final hurrah,” author Dan Bilefsky told The New York Post. “They were motivated by cash, but, at a time in life when many of their contemporaries lived in nursing homes, the excitement of a final heist got their hearts going.”

“They felt that they had nothing to lose,” he continued. “There was a brazenness that was born of age.”

It all started when 73-year-old Brian Reader, nicknamed “The Guv’nor” began complaining to his friends that he needed some extra cash, although his home was valued at about $1 million at the time. He and his colleagues, who declared themselves as “The Firm,” decided that the Hatton Garden Safe would be an ample target, as it housed about 1,000 security boxes full of valuable goods, including jewelry, cash and gold.

For the next three years, they devised their plan, purchasing a copy of “Forensics for Dummies” to read up on DNA testing techniques and a $5,200 drill to penetrate the vault’s reinforced concrete wall. The crew watched YouTube videos to learn how to use the drill and reportedly practiced in the plumbing shop of one of its members, 47-year-old Hugh Doyle, which was overheard by some neighbors.

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On Easter weekend in 2015, Reader assembled his full team: Michael “Basil” Seed, 54; getaway driver John “Kenny” Collins, 74; “extra pairs of hands” Carl Wood, 58, and Terry Perkins, 66. After the heist, they enlisted William “Billy the Fish” Lincoln, 59, who helped them hide the stolen items.

Around 8:30 p.m. on the Thursday before Easter, the group destroyed the security cameras at Hatton Garden, shut off the alarms and spent hours drilling into the wall of the safe. Once they broke through, they discovered that the safety deposit boxes had steel sides, which they attempted to break with their battering ram, but broke the tool instead.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Diamond driller Sunny Kirby climbs through the hole used by burglars to access the underground vault of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company which was raided in what has been called the largest burglary in English legal history on January 19, 2016 in London, England. Around 200 million GBP was stolen during the burglary which took place in April 2015. Four elderly men who were experienced thieves have since pled guilty to the crime while four other men are being tried on suspicion of involvement, one man, nicknamed ‘Basil’, is still at large. (Photo by Carl Court/ Hatton Garden Properties Ltd/Getty Images)

The men returned home, feeling discouraged, and the next day, the heist’s leader, Reader, got cold feet. Carl Wood also changed his mind the next day and backed out. The rest of the group, however, persevered and were able to get into 70 of the steel safety deposit boxes and make off with the goods inside. They wiped down the crime scene with bleach to get rid of any fingerprints — a tip they learned from their “Forensics for Dummies” book.

What they didn’t account for, however, was the wide network of surveillance in London, and that one of The Firm members, Collins, drove his Mercedez-Benz to the crime scene, which is registered in his name, to act as the look-out.

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Police bugged the men’s cars and overheard them bragging about their crime while trash-talking each other. About six weeks later, the men met to discuss how they were going to split up all of their goods at Perkins’ daughter’s house. It was there that police broke down the door and arrested all who were in attendance at the meeting.

They later apprehended Reader at his own home, and Wood, while getting out of his car.

Police then confiscated the stolen goods from various odd hiding places, including garages and under pots and pans — one member even hid his jewels underneath the tombstone of his girlfriend’s late father.

The men all pleaded guilty — and seven members received seven years in prison for the heist. Doyle, however, received a suspended sentence.

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Perkins died from a heart attack while in prison in 2015, but the remainder of the men are still behind bars at the maximum-security facility Belmarsh prison, which also currently holds Julian Assange.

Despite their crimes, the public still had sympathy for the “Bad Grandpas.”

“[The gang members] didn’t hurt anyone and there was a feeling of ‘good on them,’ ” Bilefsky said. “If they bore a hole through Belmarsh, that would be impressive. But I don’t think they will be escaping anytime soon.”

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Sri Lanka emergency law bans face coverings as church urges more vigorous crackdown on militants

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Muslim women in Sri Lanka will no longer be able to cover their faces because of a new emergency law ordered by the president that bans all kinds of facing coverings that may conceal a person’s identity.

The law, which took effect Monday morning, comes eight days after the deadly Easter bombings of churches and hotels that killed more than 250 people in the South Asian country. Dozens of suspects have been arrested but local officials and the U.S. Embassy in Colombo have warned that more militants remain on the loose with explosives.

President Maithripala Sirisena proposed the law that would prohibit any face garment which “hinders identification” to ensure his office. The niqab and burka – predominately worn by Muslim women – were not specifically named.

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The decision came after the Cabinet had proposed laws on face veils at a recent meeting. It had deferred the matter until talks with Islamic clerics could be held, on the advice of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Muslim leaders criticized the move, with one person calling it the “stupidest thing to do.”

“Three days ago we took a voluntary decision regarding this,” Hilmy Ahmed, vice president of Sri Lankan organization of Muslim clerics told the BBC. “The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulema told all Muslim women not to wear face veils for security reasons. If they want to wear a veil, then they were told not to come out.”

He continued: “We see this as a reflection of the conflict between the president and the prime minister. We strongly criticize the decision. We will not accept the authorities interfering with the religion without consulting the religious leadership.”

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On Sunday, Catholics shut their churches for fear of new attacks, forcing many to watch on television Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, deliver a homily before members of the clergy and the country’s leaders in a small chapel at his residence in the capital.

The closing of all of Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches – an extraordinary measure unheard of in the church’s centuries on the island – came after the warning by the U.S. Embassy in the capital.

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Sri Lankan Catholics pray standing on a road as they attend a brief holly service marking the seventh day of the Easter Sunday attacks near the exploded St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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Before services began, the Islamic State group claimed three militants who blew themselves up Friday night after exchanging fire with police in the country’s east. Investigators sifting through that site and others uncovered a bomb-making operation capable of spreading far more destruction.

“This is a time our hearts are tested by the great destruction that took place last Sunday,” Ranjith told those watching across the nation. “This is a time questions such as, does God truly love us, does he have compassion toward us, can arise in human hearts.”

On Monday, the cardinal urged the government to crack down on Islamic extremists with more vigor “as if on war footing.” He said the church may not be able to stop people from taking the law into their own hands unless the government conducts a more thorough investigation and does more to prevent further attacks.

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A Sri Lankan relative of a victim of Easter Sunday bomb blasts pays tribute at the burial site after a televised Sunday mass by Sri Lankan Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

“All the security forces should be involved and function as if on war footing,” Ranjith told reporters. “I want to state that we may not be able to keep people under control in the absence of a stronger security program,” he said. “We can’t forever give them false promises and keep them calm.”

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Ranjith, however, said the church assures Muslims that it will not allow any revenge attacks against them.

He also said church services would be held this coming Sunday after necessary precautions are taken.

The government is accused of not having acted on near- specific information from a foreign intelligence agency over several weeks on an imminent attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Latest: Mozambique death toll jumps to 38 after cyclone

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Mozambique’s government says the death toll from last week’s Cyclone Kenneth has jumped to 38 as flooding continues.

The new toll was announced Monday as heavy rains continued to hamper efforts to deliver food and shelter to badly hit communities. More rain is forecast in the days ahead.

Kenneth roared into northern Mozambique on Thursday, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai struck the central part of the country. Flooding caused most of the more than 600 deaths that followed.

Now aid workers say they have an “awful sense of deja vu” after Kenneth as flood waters rise.

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8:15 a.m.

Rains from Cyclone Kenneth, the second tropical storm to hit Mozambique within weeks, continued to pound the northeastern city of Pemba and surrounding areas causing massive flooding and destruction.

One death has been confirmed so far and 160,000 people are at risk, with more torrential rain forecast for the days ahead.

The government described the situation as “critical” in other centers of Cabo Delgado province which are unreachable by road. In a statement Sunday night, the government said the death toll could rise due to “worrying” rains.

The towns of Ibo, Macomia and Quissanga have been badly flooded and many buildings and homes destroyed. Access to those centers is currently not possible by road and the heavy rains have made air contact difficult. Safe drinking water has become scarce.

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Pakistan, IMF in final round of talks on $8 billion bailout

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Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund have launched the final round of talks over the $8 billion bailout package for Islamabad, a deal that’s expected to be signed next month.

The round started on Monday in the Pakistani capital and is expected to last till May 7.

It comes as the IMF issued a report on Mideast and regional economies, saying that Pakistan’s economic growth is expected to slow from about 5% last year to close to 3% this year.

The U.S., which exerts major influence over IMF, has said it should not finance the billions of dollars in loans that Pakistan has taken from China as part of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure initiative.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised to improve the country’s economy and provide more jobs.

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The Latest: EU congratulates Sánchez on Spanish victory

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The Latest on the results of the Spanish general election (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

The European Union executive says that it is confident that outgoing prime minister Pedro Sánchez “will be able to form a stable pro-European government that will allow Spain to continue to play an important role in the EU.”

Spokesman Margaritis Schinas added that the results also show that “a crushing majority of the Spanish population has chosen for clearly pro-European parties.”

He said that EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has called Sánchez to congratulate him on “his clear victory”

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7:55 a.m.

Spain’s third parliamentary election in less than four years has done little to dispel uncertainty over the political future of the eurozone’s fourth largest economy.

The center-left Socialist party won re-election in Sunday’s ballot, collecting nearly 29% of votes, and will try to form a government. It would be one of only a handful of socialist governments in the European Union.

But with only 123 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies, Spain’s parliament, it needs to negotiate the support of smaller rival parties to pass legislation.

Even an alliance with the far-left, anti-austerity party United We Can wouldn’t give the Socialists the key number of 176 seats.

Spain’s political landscape has fragmented further, with far-right party Vox claiming its first seats in the national parliament.

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Libyan officials say airstrikes intensify in Tripoli

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Libyan officials say Khalifa Hifter’s self-styled Libyan National Army has intensified its airstrikes over the past two days on rival militias in and around the capital, Tripoli.

The officials say Monday that airstrikes have targeted the Nawasi Brigade, one of several militias allied with a weak U.N.-supported government, in the Abu Salim district, about 7 kilometers (4 miles) from Tripoli’s center.

They say airstrikes and shelling also hit the towns of Khallet al-Forjan, Ain Zara and al-Twaisha, south of Tripoli.

The officials requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief media.

Hifter, whose forces control much of eastern Libya, launched an offensive to retake the capital on April 4. The U.N. says the fighting has killed more than 270 people, including civilians, and displaced more than 41,000.

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Blaze breaks out in forest that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

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British firefighters are tackling a blaze in the woodland that inspired “Winnie-the-Pooh.”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service says its crews were called Sunday evening to a blaze in southern England’s Ashdown Forest, inspiration for the 100 Acre Wood in A.A. Milne’s children’s stories.

The fire service says the blaze, which covers 6 hectares (14 acres), is under control but firefighters remain on the scene Monday.

Fire service spokesman Andrew Gausden told the BBC that the fire did not appear to have been started deliberately. He said it spread quickly through dry undergrowth.

Two fires damaged the same forest in February.

Milne had a home just north of Ashdown, and the forest helped inspire his stories about lovable bear Pooh and his friends.

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