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Five Britons killed in Sri Lanka terror attacks which left more than 200 dead, foreign ministry confirms

Five Britons killed in Sri Lanka terror attacks which left more than 200 dead, foreign ministry confirmsFive Britons have been killed in the Sri Lankan terror attacks which left more than 200 people dead, the country’s foreign ministry has confirmed. James Dauris, the UK's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, who visited some of the injured Britons in hospital, earlier today condemned the "deplorable violence" as he urged people in Sri Lanka to get in touch with members of their family to let them know they were safe. The country’s foreign ministry said the nationalities of 11 foreigners killed in the Easter Sunday blasts have been verified. It was confirmed that three Britons and two people holding joint US and British citizenship were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks after a series of explosions which ripped through churches and luxury hotels. Sri Lanka attacks – Locator map Three Indians, one Portuguese national, two Turkish nationals were killed while a further nine foreigners were also reported missing. A Dutch national and a Chinese national also have been reported among the victims. The Easter attacks mark the worst bloodshed Sri Lanka has seen since its brutal civil war ended a decade ago. The authorities said 207 were killed and 450 injured in the attacks, most of which were being blamed on suspected suicide bombers. No one has taken responsibility for the killings, but officials say seven suspects have been arrested. pic gallery News of the death of the British nationals came as the first victims of the Easter bombings were named as a TV chef and her daughter, Nisanga. Shantha Mayadunne had been staying at the Shangri-La hotel in the capital Colombo which was one of four hotels bombed this morning. Her daughter had posted a photo of the family in the hotel shortly before the explosion with the caption, 'Easter breakfast with my family'. Six nearly simultaneous explosions at churches and hotels killed scores of people in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. Hours later there were further explosions in Dehiwala and Dematagoda on the outskirts of Colombo. In Colombo, St Anthony's Shrine and the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels were targeted in the first wave of explosions. Other blasts were reported at St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, a majority Catholic town north of Colombo, and at Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa. Mr Dauris said: "I've been speaking this afternoon with Brits in hospital who have been affected by today's senseless attacks. "My team's and my thoughts go out to all those people who are suffering as a result of the deplorable violence Sri Lanka has witnessed this Easter Sunday." Prime Minister, Theresa May said the Easter Sunday massacre was "truly appalling" and "no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear".



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What Meghan Markle means to black Britons

What Meghan Markle means to black BritonsMSNBC's Katy Tur spoke with a 12-year-old British girl who has become inspired by Meghan Markle joining the royal family.



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Poll finds minimal interest in royal wedding among Britons

Poll finds minimal interest in royal wedding among BritonsTwo in three Britons are “not interested” in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this weekend, according to a new poll published on Tuesday. The YouGov survey found 66 percent of British people were uninterested in the upcoming nuptials — with around a third “not interested at all”. The poll, commissioned by anti-monarchy campaign group Republic, questioned 1,615 Britons over two days late last week.



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Grand Canyon crash that killed Britons happened on tribal land with fewer aviation regulations

Grand Canyon crash that killed Britons happened on tribal land with fewer aviation regulationsInvestigators are continuing to probe what caused a helicopter to plunge into the Grand Canyon as it emerged that the crash happened on tribal land where air tours are not as highly regulated as those inside the national park itself. Three British tourists died when the helicopter went down on Saturday. They were in Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday and took a helicopter sightseeing tour on the Hualapai reservation. Becky Dobson, 27, her boyfriend Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother, Jason Hill, 32-year-old lawyer died. Three friends and the pilot are in hospital where investigators want to interview them about what went wrong. Unlike the national park, air tours on the Hualapai reservation are not subject to federal regulations that restrict routes, impose curfews and cap the amount of flights over the Grand Canyon each year. The Federal Aviation Administration granted the Hualapai Tribe an exemption 18 years ago after finding that the regulations would harm the tribe's economy where tourism is a major driver. Most of the flights over the reservation originate from Las Vegas, and air tour operators aggressively market them. The pilots can fly between canyon walls and land at the bottom next to the Colorado River on the reservation, which isn't allowed at the park other than for emergency operations. Quartermaster Canyon locator The National Transportation Safety board says it can't say with any certainty yet what caused Saturday's crash. Gary Robb, an attorney who has represented crash victims for almost 40 years, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal it may take investigators as long as nine months to establish the cause of Saturday’s crash. “It’s too early to speculate, but early indications suggest that perhaps heavy gusts could have been a factor that drove the aircraft to strike a wall of the canyon,” he said. “The other possibility is some sort of in-flight mechanical issue, including an engine problem or main rotor blade fracture or defect. Stuart Hill and Becky Dobson died when a helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon on Saturday Credit: facebook “You also cannot rule out human error, whether it be some sort of pilot incapacitation or neglect.” Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters said it is co-operating with the investigation and that it abides by flight safety rules and regulations that exceed those required by the Federal Aviation Administration. Saturday’s crash was its fourth fatal accident in the past 20 years, claiming eight lives.



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Just 14 Percent of Britons Want Camilla to Be Queen: Prince Charles' Image Suffers as World Remembers Princess Diana

Just 14 Percent of Britons Want Camilla to Be Queen: Prince Charles' Image Suffers as World Remembers Princess DianaAs 20th Anniversary Of Princess Diana Approaches, Charles Reminded Of That Difficult Period's Negative Legacy



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German police release Britons questioned over 'terror talk'

German police release Britons questioned over 'terror talk'BERLIN (AP) — German police on Sunday released three British citizens who were taken into custody after their conversation during a flight to London prompted an easyJet pilot to make an unscheduled stop in Cologne.



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Climate change: 84% of Britons want Theresa May to have a word with Donald Trump

Climate change: 84% of Britons want Theresa May to have a word with Donald TrumpMore than eight out of 10 British people want Theresa May should use her influence to persuade Donald Trump to keep the United States within the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a new poll. While Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, Emmanuel Macron, the new French President, and other world leaders have made clear the importance of the US remaining part of the world’s efforts to restrict global warming to less than two degrees Celsius, the Prime Minister has been accused of keeping a “pact of silence” with the Republican billionaire. Ms May will meet Mr Trump at the G7 summit on Sicily on Friday for two days of talks on a range of issues, with the US stance on climate change likely to be high on the agenda.



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Britons start sex young and experiment into old age

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) – Britons are having sex from their teens until well into their 70s and experimenting with experiences and techniques once dismissed as deviant, according to a major series of scientific studies of sexual behavior. “People are working very very hard, they are very busy,” said Kaye Wellings of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, when asked why she thought people had reported a drop off in average frequency. “We need to start thinking about sex differently – sexual health is not merely the absence of disease, but the ability to have pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free from coercion,” said Wellings, who co-led the series and presented the findings at a briefing in London. Improving the quality of people’s sexual experiences and relationships was also important for their broader health, the researchers added.
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