At least 137 killed and hundreds hurt in eight explosions in churches and hotels. READ MORE

TERRORISM

The causes and forms of terrorism are many and varied.  The one common denominator is people using violence to attempt to achieve religious or political objectives.  A comprehensive, historical view of terrorism may help bring to light nuances that could help officials develop new strategies to identify problems before they start. READ MORE

Sri Lanka authorities warned of attacks: The Sri Lankan authorities received warnings two weeks before the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks that killed at least 290 people, a cabinet spokesman admitted on Monday. READ MORE

Fear rampant after local Islamic militant group blamed for Sunday’s attacks in Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka took drastic steps Monday to crack down on new potential terror threats by blocking social media and arresting more than a dozen after a series of suicide bombings allegedly carried out by a domestic radical Islamic group ripped through its capital on Easter Sunday. READ MORE

Iran responds to U.S., labels CENTCOM terrorist: Iran’s Supreme National Security Council says it has designated the United States Central Command, also known as CENTCOM, and all its forces as terrorist and labeled the U.S. as a “supporter of terrorism.” READ MORE.

FOOD SAFETY

One dead in Listeria outbreak: Deli-sliced meats and cheeses are to blame for a multistate outbreak of Listeria infections involving eight people, one of whom has died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Wednesday announced a state and federal investigation into the Listeria outbreak is underway. READ MORE

FOOD SUPPLY

Banana businesses at risk: A deadly fungus is spreading from Southeast Asia and wiping out whole plantations of America’s favorite fruit: the banana. The tropical fruit’s popularity is thanks to a few pioneering entrepreneurs, who founded Chiquita under a different name over a century ago. READ MORE

VENEZUELA

Venezuelans rally to demand power, water and end to Maduro: After weeks of power cuts and limited access to water, tens of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets on Saturday to back opposition leader Juan Guaido and protest against President Nicolas Maduro, who they accuse of wrecking the economy. READ MORE

U.S. military intervention on the table for Venezuela: A military intervention to oust Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro remains “a very serious option” for the United States, according to President Trump’s national security team. READ MORE

FOOD TECHNOLOGY

The Impossible Whopper is talking; is the Washington Post listening? So newsy is the rollout of what’s supposed to mimic the flame-grilled goodness of the Whopper, that the Washington Post sent its hamburger specialist (Tim Carman) out to the Gateway City to test it. Carman knows his subject well, and is a fan of Burger King in particular. READ MORE

CYBER SECURITY & WEB NEWS

Mysterious, safety-tampering malware infects a second critical infrastructure site: Sixteen months ago, researchers reported an unsettling escalation in hacks targeting power plants, gas refineries, and other types of critical infrastructure. Attackers who may have been working on behalf of a nation caused an operational outage at a critical-infrastructure site after deliberately targeting a system that prevented health- and life-threatening accidents. READ MORE

Rise of the ‘splinternet’: Experts warn the web will break up and fragment as governments set their own rules to filter and restrict content. READ MORE

Bezos to meet with federal prosecutors on extortion and hacking claims: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is scheduled to meet with federal prosecutors in New York as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter. The meeting signals that the US attorney’s office is escalating its inquiry connected to Bezos’s suggestion that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia was behind a National Enquirer story that exposed his extramarital affair and his claim that the tabloid attempted to extort him. READ MORE

BORDER SECURITY

Mexican troops disarmed American soldiers at border: U.S. Northern Command said in a statement that “five to six Mexican military personnel questioned two U.S. Army soldiers who were conducting border support operations” this month. The U.S. soldiers were in an unmarked Customs and Border Protection [CBP] vehicle near the southwest border near Clint, Texas. READ MORE

Migrants riot at Mexican immigration station: The group of migrants, mostly from Cuba and Africa, staged the riot to prevent authorities from carrying out deportations, Mexican media outlets Noticias MVS, Milenio and Reforma reported. READ MORE

Migrant caravans not to blame for recent border crossing slowdowns: Much has been made of so-called migrant caravans heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border, but they are a relatively small part of a broader problem increasing processing times for legal land border crossings into the United States. READ MORE