Escalating anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lankan claim first life May 15, 2019 0 462 12345 AFPMinuwangoda, Sri LankaSri Lanka announced Tuesday a curfew for a second straight night after a man was killed by sword-wielding rioters in an escalating anti-Muslim backlash following the Easter terror attacks.Violence broke out late Monday, three weeks after Islamist extremist bombings killed 258 people, with rampaging mobs carrying out arson attacks and 2,000 people vandalising a mosque, witnesses said. Police announced another nationwide curfew for a second night to try and stop the violence, beginning at 9:00 pm (15:30 GMT).The curfew had been in place all day in North-Western Province (NWP), where police said a 45-year-old Muslim man was slaughtered in his carpentry shop late Monday by a crowd carrying swords. Fauzul Ameen was buried Tuesday at a Muslim cemetery in Nattandiya under tight security. Heavily armed troops and police backed by armoured personnel carriers guarded a service attended by around 100 people. Police said Tuesday that just over 80 people had been arrested including Amith Weerasinghe, a man from Sri Lanka’s majority Buddhist Sinhalese community on bail for his role in similar riots in March last year.The suspects were being held under emergency laws and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights under which convicts could be jailed up to 10 years. Elsewhere in NWP, north of Colombo, attackers outnumbering police and security forces set fire to Muslim-owned shops, vandalised homes and smashed windows, furniture and fittings inside several mosques. RELATED ARTICLES Philippines gives thumbs-up to Duterte as loyalists dominate election May 15, 2019 0 1331 Don’t meddle in next US presidential vote: Pompeo tells Russia May 15, 2019 0 1875 Senior Conservatives tell May to ditch Brexit talks with Labour May 15, 2019 0 1811 Iran foreign minister in India for talks after US sanctions Reuters NEW DELHI Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will hold talks with his counterpart in the Indian capital on Tuesday after New Delhi stopped purchases of Iranian oil this month in the wake of renewed US sanctions. .. Violence during BJP president’s roadshow in Kolkata; arson outside college hostel Agencies kolkatta Students, learnt to be members of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad, were protesting near the front gate of Calcutta University and shouting “Amit Shah go back” slogans. Angered by the protest, BJP workers, .. China praises Pakistan for ‘swift action’ after terror attack at Hotel BEIJING: China has praised the Pakistan’s security forces for their “swift action” in neutralising the terrorists who attacked a luxury hotel in Gwadar and ensured the safety of the Chinese personnel and institutions .. 4 cops killed in Pakistan’s Quetta terror attack ARYNEWS ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Imran Khan while condemning the Quetta terrorists’ attack has sought a detailed report from the concerned authorities, ARY News reported on Tuesday. The terrorist attack in Quetta’s .. Bangladesh sets up new court to try opposition leader Dhaka: Bangladeshi authorities have set up a new makeshift court adjacent to a jail outside the capital Dhaka to try imprisoned opposition leader Khaleda Zia, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Zia, a two-time former prime .. US warns EU over ‘poison pill’ defence plans Brussels: The United States has sent a stern warning to the European Union that its plans to boost defence cooperation within the bloc could unravel decades of transatlantic cooperation and damage NATO. A May 1 letter .. Putin meets Pompeo as US seeks ‘a way forward’ Sochi: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the highest-level talks between the rival powers in nearly a year, dealt with a raft of disagreements from Venezuela to Iran to .. Democrats and Trump fight in court over his financial records WASHINGTON: A federal judge on Tuesday said financial records from US President Donald Trump’s long-time accounting firm would be part of a “proper subject of investigation” by Congress, appearing to side with ..