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Sri Lanka's Muslims face persecution in wake of terror attacks

Muslims arrive for prayers at the Grand Mosque in the capital, Colombo. Photo: Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority is facing increased persecution in the wake of an Easter Sunday terror attack which left 258 dead.

The latest: President Maithripala Sirisena lamented growing religious and ethnic divisions yesterday, saying, "If we divide and fall apart, the whole country will stand to lose. Another war will break out.”

Islamic State leader appears on video for first time in 5 years

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, when he was last seen on video in 2014. Photo: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared in a video released by the group's propaganda arm for the first time in 5 years, seemingly confirming that he is still alive, AP reports.

Details: Al-Baghdadi mentions recent events, like the Islamic State's loss of its last physical territory in Baghouz, Syria, last month as well as the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka — for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility — that killed hundreds.

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