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‘The numbers are just staggering’: Death toll rises in Sri Lanka

Joanna Slater and Tony Romm with analysis on the Sri Lanka attacks and the government’s response. Rachael Bade on why Speaker Pelosi is tapping the brakes on impeachment talk. Aynne Kokas on China’s first sci-fi blockbuster coming to Netflix.
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More than 300 dead in Sri Lanka
It was a day of mourning in Sri Lanka, after a wave of coordinated bombings across the country took the lives of more than 300 people and injured more than 500. “The numbers are just staggering,” says The Post’s India bureau chief, Joanna Slater.

Three hotels and three churches were targeted Sunday by suicide bombers. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. The Sri Lankan government is focused on a small extremist group called National Thowheed Jamaath.

Immediately after the bombings, the government also shut down virtually all social media.

“This is a country that has struggled with misinformation online,” says Tony Romm, who covers tech policy for The Post. Ethnic tensions “are exacerbated by sites like Facebook,” he says, “and the Sri Lankan government has been critical of Facebook in the past for not doing enough to address these problems in real time.”

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Democrats talk impeachment
As some Democrats beat the drum on impeaching President Trump after the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s redacted report, others in party leadership are advising a more cautious approach. After the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told her caucus that, for now, leadership has no proposals to open impeachment proceedings.

Rachael Bade breaks down the process of impeachment — and why House leadership is wary of kick-starting it.

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‘The Wandering Earth’
China’s first big sci-fi blockbuster is coming to Netflix at the end of the month. University of Virginia professor Aynne Kokas explains the significance of “The Wandering Earth” and China’s attempts to expand its soft power.

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