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A Sri Lankan soldier stands guard near St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

A Sri Lankan official said Tuesday an initial investigation shows the Easter Sunday bombings were in retaliation for a terrorist attack on in New Zealand, Reuters and AFP first reported.

The latest: Police have arrested 40 suspects but no group has claimed responsibility for the church and hotel bombings, which killed 321 people. Sri Lanka's Junior Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament they were carried out by 2 extremist groups, National Thawheed Jama’ut (NTJ) and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim, in response to the March shootings inside 2 Christchurch mosques.

Details: Sri Lanka enacted an emergency law Tuesday, giving police and the military special powers to counter militant strikes.

  • It emerged Priyalal Disanayaka, Sri Lanka's deputy inspector general of police, sent a letter on April 11 warning the directors of four Sri Lankan security agencies the NTJ was plotting suicide attacks against churches in Sri Lanka, per AP.
  • Among those arrested for the attacks is the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers involved in one of the attacks, AP reports.
  • The FBI will assist in the investigation.
  • Sri Lanka began a national day of mourning, as relatives began to bury loved ones killed in the attacks.

Go deeper: Sri Lanka's deadliest terror attack ever shakes a delicate balance

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Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.

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CDC extends interval between COVID vaccine doses for exceptional cases

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.

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