Many more injured as explosions hit three hotels and three churches in and around Colombo as well as at Batticaloa in the east of the country
The UK prime minister, Theresa May, and the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, have both condemned the attacks.
The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time.
We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear.
I’m appalled by the horrific attacks in Sri Lanka, on Easter Sunday, the most important day in the Christian calendar. I stand with the victims, their families, the people of Sri Lanka and Christians around the world. We must defeat this hatred with unity, love and respect.
The Easter Day service my family and I were at in Colombo today was cut short following explosions in churches and hotels.
Our prayers for the victims of these evil attacks, and for their families. Our thoughts are with the medical staff, police and all involved in the response.
Plusieurs explosions à Colombo (églises et grands hôtels). Tenez-vous éloignés des lieux publics. Évitez tout déplacement.
By contrast to the other three hotels hit by explosions, which were all luxury establishments, the target of the latest explosion appears to have been a much more modest guesthouse.
BREAKING NEWS - Two dead and few injured following 7th blasts inside Topical Inn Guest House near the Zoo
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As the festival season looms, it’s time to invest in the go-to summer hat. The bucket hat is back with a bang in an array of pop colours, patterns and logosContinue reading...
The Athertons’ ride started when Dan, then 15 and the eldest of three siblings, first took to the BMX tracks around their home near Exeter and encouraged his brother, Gee, and sister, Rachel, to join in. A decade or so later, on 1 June 2008 in the Andorran resort of Vallnord, four Mountain Bike World Cup races were held and the Athertons won three of them.
The family’s assault on the sport has continued ever since, with new fronts opening this year as they launch their own brand of bicycles and a bike park near their Welsh base.Continue reading...
The brewer’s ballsy relaunch raises a few questions…
What went through Orson Welles’s mind, I wonder, when he first growled the line “Probably the best lager in the world” into a microphone? He may have been pondering his fee. He may have reflected on how well suited his distinctive gravelly voice was to the slogan’s understated confidence. It may have made him fancy a drink. It probably didn’t make him think that Carlsberg was probably the best lager in the world, because it probably isn’t. And last week its manufacturers admitted it.
In fact, they launched a new slogan: “Probably not the best beer in the world. So we’ve changed it.” This marketing admission raises a few questions, the first of which is: “How likely is it to be the best this time?” I mean, they’ve been calling their previous version “probably the best” for 46 years. It doesn’t feel like they’re adherents to a rigorously self-doubting approach to product development.Continue reading...
Not clear whether aircraft or unmanned drones were behind strike, which follows US statement in support of Haftar
Several airstrikes and explosions shook Tripoli overnight in an escalation of an assault on the Libyan capital by the warlord Khalifa Haftar.
A Reuters reporter and several residents said they saw an aircraft circling for more than 10 minutes over the city late on Saturday, and that it made a humming sound before opening fire on several areas.Continue reading...
Twelve crews tackle the fire using a helicopter, water jets and beaters
A helicopter is being brought in to help fight a large fire burning on the famous Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire.
More than 70 firefighters were at the scene, south of the town of Ilkley, and police have being deployed to keep people away from the area.Continue reading...
Wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘agile’
The next theme for our weekly photography assignment, published in print in the Observer New Review is ‘agile’.
Share your photos of what agile means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.Continue reading...
Maxine Peake’s roles range from a transgender Hamlet to a sharp lawyer in the BBC series Silk to, most recently, an early 19th-century matriarch from Manchester in Mike Leigh’s film Peterloo. Now she is about to star in a stage adaptation of Julia Leigh’s harrowing memoir of IVF treatment, Avalanche: A Love Story, as part of the Barbican’s Fertility Fest about “the science of making babies and modern families”.
You have made no secret of your attempts at IVF; was it personal experience that drew you to this piece?
What I like about this piece is that there is no happy ending. It is so difficult for people for whom IVF has not been positive to find stories that do not end well. I wish I could have read Avalanche when I was going through IVF. My experience was not successful. I did three rounds and that was me done. I felt I’d been through the mill. And I felt guilt. I felt: do I want a child enough? What people do not understand is that you are pumping your body with hormones. I felt I don’t want to do this again, thank you very much.
From the Lascaux caves to the notepad doodle, we have always been drawn to draw. On the eve of the UK’s first art fair dedicated to drawing, we celebrate the freest and first of all art forms
Art starts with a drawing – specifically a drawing by a clever young girl named Kora, otherwise known as the Maid of Corinth. Kora is a teenager in ancient Greece who has fallen in love with a soldier. Alas he is called up to war. Desperate to keep hold of him, or some memory of his handsome presence, Kora asks him to stand against a wall in bright sunlight so she can draw the outline of his shadow. His trace remains, held there for ever by her perfect line. And thus drawing is born, at least according to Pliny.
It’s a tall story. We all know that drawing goes right back to the wild horses running across the caves of Lascaux, to the prehistoric riders of Bhimbetka and the magnificent bison of Altamira. There are drawings on ice-age animal skins and ancient Egyptian papyruses. But the story of Kora endures, partly because she has a name, but also because she is driven to drawing by love: you might say that the Maid of Corinth is, like many of us, a passionate amateur.Continue reading...