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Soldiers in front of church in Negombo (Reuters/Stringer)The Sri Lankan government says a local Islamist group is behind a series of bomb attacks. The blasts on Sunday across the country killed hundreds and injured many more.

 

Omar Al-Bashir, a political hardliner and controversial leader of Sudan, has stepped down after 30 years in power, reports say Thursday.


United Arab Emirates-based Al-Arabiya network reported that Mr Al-Bashir resigned his position with immediate effect.

The 75-year-old has reportedly handed over to the country’s supreme military council controlled by the armed forces.

His ouster follows days of protests that have engulfed the country, which is amongst the largest by land mass in Africa.

Reports of Mr Al-Bashir’s resignation came shortly after the soldiers reportedly surrounded his palace in the capital Khartoum.

Agence France-Press cited state television as announcing the military was gearing for an important message to the nation, but the statement did not appear to have come before Mr Al-Bashir’s reported exit.

Additional details of Mr Al-Bashir’s ouster were still sketchy as of early Thursday morning in Abuja, as other claims on social media said it came through a military coup d’etat.

Mr Al-Bashir has been highly unpopular amongst Western powers, and was indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2008 for alleged crimes stemming from the genocide in Darfur.

While he remained an unwelcomed political figure in the West, African leaders, however, largely stood behind him, dismissing the charges against him as a witch-hunt and refusing to hand him over for prosecution at The Hague.

He seized power in 1989 as a military general, and has served the longest since the country gained independence in 1956.


Heavy chants against Mr Al-Bashir’s reign rented the air across the county, and solidarity songs by the military were reported to be playing on the airwaves.

This is a developing story,

 additional details will be provided as soon as we have them in our disposal.

Jamal Khashoggi
The family could also receive tens of millions of dollars in “blood money” payments following the trial of Khashoggi’s alleged killers in Riyadh. All told, the family could stand to collect more than $70 million in cash and assets, the source estimated. The Saudi government would contend that these payments are intended to make amends, but the expectation is that in exchange for the money, they won’t publicly criticize the royal family over Khashoggi’s death, the source said.
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The Israeli military announced that it will shut down all crossings into Israel from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, for the national elections, as is standard

practice during festivals and holidays.
The Israel Defense Forces said the closure will begin Monday at midnight and last through midnight Tuesday.