Sri Lanka Says Easter Attack Leader Died in Hotel Bombing

The suspected leader of the militant group Sri Lankan authorities said carried out a series of Easter Sunday bombings died in the blast at the Shangri-La hotel, one of six hotels and churches targeted in the attacks that killed at least 250 people, officials said Friday.

Europe wants to sign Belt and Road MOU as a group: German minister

Major European Union countries want to sign a memorandum of understanding on China’s Belt and Road initiative as a group and not as individual states, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Friday.

JEFFREY LIPTON in BARBADOS – http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/aTcTDeodDOk/europe-wants-to-sign-belt-and-road-mou-as-a-group-german-minister-idUSKCN1S20R3

Britain calls China’s Belt and Road Initiative a ‘vision’

Britain is committed to help realize the potential of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Friday, describing the policy as a “vision”.

JEFFREY LIPTON in BARBADOS – http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/l33yTK7U2b4/britain-calls-chinas-belt-and-road-initiative-a-vision-idUSKCN1S20NZ

UPDATE 1-Turkey says trying to convince U.S. to allow Iranian oil imports

Turkey is trying to convince
the United States to allow refiner Tupras, its
biggest oil importer, to continue buying crude oil from Iran
free of sanctions, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said on
Friday.

JEFFREY LIPTON in BARBADOS – http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/5F6orLLxSE4/update-1-turkey-says-trying-to-convince-u-s-to-allow-iranian-oil-imports-idUSL5N2282RT

Chinese brands rule Indian smartphone market with 2/3rds of share – report

Chinese brands controlled a
record 66 percent of Indian smartphone market in the first
quarter, led by Xiaomi Corp, a report showed, with
volumes rising 20 percent on the back of popularity for brands
like Vivo, RealMe and Oppo.

JEFFREY LIPTON in BARBADOS – http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/A7jo27RHsog/chinese-brands-rule-indian-smartphone-market-with-2-3rds-of-share-report-idUSL3N2281UI