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Mass arrests in Maldives as activists defy emergency

Colombo - Maldivian authorities arrested more than 140 activists who defied a ban on rallies and demonstrated against a state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen, the opposition said Saturday.

Riots a heavy blow to tourism, economy: Sri Lanka PM

Colombo - Sri Lanka's prime minister said Thursday that a spate of anti-Muslim riots had damaged the island's reputation as a tourism hotspot as it prepares to host an international cricket tournament.

Mosque, shops attacked in anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lanka

Colombo - Sri Lankan police said petrol bombs were hurled at a mosque on Thursday as hundreds of troops patrolled a troubled central district where anti-Muslim violence has left three people dead.

Fresh arson attacks in Sri Lanka despite emergency laws

Colombo - Mobs torched Muslim-owned businesses in a central Sri Lanka district on Wednesday as hundreds of police and troops struggled to restore order after days of rioting.

Mobs clash with police after Sri Lanka emergency

Colombo - Police fired teargas to disperse rioters in curfew-bound central Sri Lanka hours after a state of emergency was imposed in a bid to quell anti-Muslim violence, an official said Wednesday.

Sri Lanka declares emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots

Colombo - Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency Tuesday after anti-Muslim riots left two people dead and more than 100 homes and shops ablaze in the popular hill resort of Kandy.

Sri Lanka declares emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots

Colombo - Sri Lanka Tuesday declared a nationwide state of emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots that have killed at least two people and damaged dozens of mosques and homes.

Sri Lanka imposes curfew in Kandy after anti-Muslim riots

Colombo - Sri Lanka imposed a curfew Monday in a central hill station town popular with tourists after days of communal unrest that saw a man killed and Muslim businesses set alight.

Sri Lanka elephant kills top Buddhist monk

Colombo - A senior Buddhist monk died in hospital Saturday, a day after being attacked by an elephant at his own temple near the capital, police said.

Maldives' Nasheed vows to run for president

Colombo - Exiled Maldives opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed vowed Friday to run for president after the Supreme Court overturned his criminal conviction, saying it was politically motivated.

Cleared Nasheed vows to challenge Maldives president in polls

Colombo - The exiled former leader of the Maldives vowed Friday to run for president after the Supreme Court quashed his conviction, dealing a major blow to the ruling regime.

Former Sri Lanka bank chief engaged in insider trading: probe

Colombo - A former governor of Sri Lanka's central bank has been accused of insider trading by a damning presidential report into a high-profile bond scandal that cost the island millions.The long-awaited inquiry recommended the state recover a $4.

Sri Lanka president restores ban on women buying alcohol

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president on Sunday reimposed a four-decade-long ban on women buying liquor, just days after his finance minister had lifted the restriction.

Sri Lanka unions call off rail strike after backlash

Colombo - Sri Lanka's railway workers called off an island-wide strike Wednesday that disrupted travel for hundreds of thousands of students ahead of crucial school exams, prompting a public backlash.

Sri Lanka hands over debt-laden port to Chinese owner

Colombo - Sri Lanka Saturday handed over a deep-sea port to a Chinese firm, in a deal agreed to boost the cash-strapped island's finances that has raised concerns at home and abroad over Beijing's growing influence. The $1.

Storm kills at least seven in Sri Lanka

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government on Thursday deployed troops to help regions stricken by a major storm which killed seven people with five others missing, authorities said.

Sri Lanka arrests six in hunt for monks who attacked Rohingya

Colombo - Sri Lankan police said Sunday they have arrested six people in their hunt for a mob led by Buddhist monks who attacked Rohingya refugees last week.

Sri Lanka calls monks who attacked Rohingya 'animals'

Colombo - The Sri Lankan government Wednesday slammed a group of radical Buddhist monks who attacked Rohingya refugees on the island as "animals", pledging action against police who failed to protect them.

Sri Lanka arrests man with gold-filled bottom

Colombo - Sri Lanka customs arrested an India-bound air passenger attempting with "difficulty" to smuggle nearly one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of gold stuffed in his rectum, a spokesman said Monday.

Sri Lanka probes 'longest saree' wedding for using kids

Colombo - A Sri Lankan couple is under investigation for deploying hundreds of school children to carry the train of the bride's saree during a wedding ceremony, authorities said Friday.About 250 students of a state-owned school carried the train of the 3.
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