Sri Lanka, Google, Philippines: Your Tuesday Briefing

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We’re masking the most recent from Sri Lanka, the withdrawal of Herman Cain for a seat on the Federal Reserve’s board, and a second earthquake in two days within the Philippines.

The bombings on Easter Sunday that killed at the very least 310 individuals had been carried out by a radical Islamist group that was intent on avenging final month’s assaults at two mosques in New Zealand, Sri Lanka’s protection minister stated immediately. The official, Ruwan Wijewardene, didn’t say what had led investigators to that conclusion. Listed here are the most recent updates.

Ten days earlier than the assault, Sri Lanka’s safety companies had been warned that the little-known group, Nationwide Thowheeth Jama’ath, was concentrating on church buildings. However no motion was taken in opposition to the group, which is now blamed for the assaults. The federal government’s historical past of infighting seems to have contributed to the communication breakdown.

The small print: Right here’s what we all know and don’t know concerning the assaults, which wounded about 500 individuals.

The victims: Funerals started on Monday. One girl, whose 11-year-old granddaughter was killed, cried: “There are such a lot of unhealthy individuals on this planet. Why kill the innocents?” Learn profiles of those that died.

Perspective: Within the quick aftermath of the assaults, the Sri Lankan authorities briefly blocked entry to social media websites. That was a superb factor, our columnist writes in an Op-Ed.

The Supreme Court docket introduced on Monday that it could resolve whether or not the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — which outlawed discrimination based mostly on race, faith, nationwide origin and, notably, intercourse — ensures protections for homosexual and transgender employees.

The courtroom agreed to listen to three instances which can be anticipated to supply the primary indication of how its new conservative majority will strategy L.G.B.T. rights. The Trump administration has argued that the Civil Rights Act can’t pretty be learn to use to discrimination based mostly on sexual orientation or transgender standing.

In the present day: The justices are to listen to arguments on including a query about citizenship to the 2020 census. The Trump administration has stated that such knowledge would assist it implement the Voting Rights Act of 1965, however critics say that each authorized and unauthorized immigrants would possibly refuse to take part.

The speaker tried to persuade Home Democrats on Monday that they’ve the flexibility to carry President Trump accountable with out impeaching him, whilst she denounced what she referred to as the president’s “extremely unethical and unscrupulous habits.”

For now, Ms. Pelosi and different Democratic leaders seem to have sufficient assist to pursue investigations with out formally convening impeachment proceedings. Mr. Trump stated on Monday that there have been no grounds to question him and instructed reporters he was “not even a bit bit” involved.

What’s subsequent: Lawyer Normal William Barr is scheduled to testify in Congress subsequent week, and Robert Mueller, the particular counsel, has been requested to take action. The Home Judiciary Committee has additionally subpoenaed Donald McGahn, the previous White Home counsel and one of many central figures within the report by Mr. Mueller.

The 2020 race: 5 Democratic presidential candidates — Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — participated in a sequence of city halls on CNN on Monday. Listed here are the highlights.

African swine fever impacts pigs however is innocent to people. The illness, for which no vaccine exists, has unfold throughout China, the world’s largest producer and client of pork.

Some farmers and livestock analysts say they assume that the extremely contagious illness is extra widespread than officers have acknowledged, and the federal government’s hushing up of the issue matches a sample from earlier public well being crises, together with an AIDS epidemic within the 1990s and a widespread tainting of child method in 2008.

Why it issues: The Chinese language economic system, already slowing, is beginning to really feel the results of the pork disaster. Larger costs for the meat helped push inflation to a five-month excessive in March, and hog futures within the U.S. have rallied as merchants wager that China will purchase extra American meat.

The mum or dad firm of Sterling Jewelers Inc. is the biggest jewellery retailer within the U.S., with manufacturers like Kay, Jared the Galleria of Jewellery, Osterman, J.B. Robinson, Zales and a dozen others.

Sworn statements, arbitration proceedings and interviews revealed that, for 1000’s of ladies, working for the shops meant unequal pay, harassment — and typically worse. Learn our report in The Instances Journal.

Embattled picks for Fed Board: Herman Cain has withdrawn his title from consideration for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board within the face of previous sexual harassment allegations. A second doable nominee, Stephen Moore, has come beneath new scrutiny over his attitudes towards girls.

Retaliation accusation at Google: Two staff who helped set up a walkout final 12 months over the corporate’s remedy of sexual harassment stated they had been demoted or instructed their position would change. “We prohibit retaliation within the office, and examine all allegations,” a Google spokeswoman stated.

Second quake within the Philippines: A robust earthquake hit the island nation immediately, a day after one which killed at the very least 16 individuals.

Late-night comedy: Conan O’Brien was intrigued by the comic who was simply elected president of Ukraine: “I regarded up their Structure: The order of succession in Ukraine goes comic, juggler, magician, then secretary of protection. That’s the way it works. After listening to about it, Elizabeth Warren signed up for improv courses.”

What we’re : This photograph essay of the judging of the Pulitzer Prizes. The briefings editor, Andrea Kannapell, writes: “This 12 months, the photojournalist Jose R. Lopez (who occurs to be a veteran of the briefings group) was given distinctive entry to the method by which jurors resolve on the premier awards in journalism. Their faces report utter seriousness of objective.”

And in the event you’re off on a solo journey, we’ve got steerage on how one can join safely with individuals you meet.

In 1995, the United Nations’ cultural and academic company, Unesco, designated April 23 because the day to honor studying, in addition to publishing and mental property rights.

The date is one on which a number of distinguished writers are historically thought to have died — notably William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, each in 1616. (Some data present that Cervantes died on April 22.)

However on the time, the identical date didn’t essentially imply the identical day.

On the time Cervantes died, his house nation, Spain, operated beneath the Gregorian calendar, the one which a lot of the world makes use of immediately. It was launched in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII.

However Shakespeare’s England, a Protestant nation, nonetheless adopted the Julian calendar. It didn’t undertake the Gregorian model till 1752.

So April 23 in Shakespeare’s day would have been Might three in ours.

That’s it for this briefing. See you subsequent time.

— Chris

To Mark Josephson, Eleanor Stanford, John Dorman and Kenneth R. Rosen for the break from the information. Chris wrote immediately’s Again Story. You’ll be able to attain the group at

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