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Dozens of Sri Lankans from Kuwait test positive for coronavirus

Colombo - Nearly 160 Sri Lankans repatriated from Kuwait last week have tested positive for coronavirus and one returnee has died, officials said Wednesday, with concern mounting about imported infections just as the nation eases its lockdown.

Sri Lanka parade scaled down after sailors contract coronavirus

Colombo - Sri Lanka has scaled down a low-key military parade to mark the anniversary of the end of its civil war after two sailors due to take part tested positive for coronavirus, officials said Monday.

Sri Lanka remembers, one year after attacks killed nearly 300

Colombo - Survivors of Sri Lanka's Islamist suicide bombings which killed 279 people last year held a private anniversary service Tuesday as the nation paid sombre tributes and the US vowed to push for justice.

Sri Lanka Catholic church 'forgives' 2019 Easter suicide bombers

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church said Sunday it had forgiven the suicide bombers behind the attacks that killed at least 279 people last Easter.

Sri Lanka seizes record drugs haul at sea

Colombo - Two foreign trawlers packed with over $33 million worth of heroin and crystal methamphetamine were seized in Sri Lanka's biggest-ever drugs bust at sea, a navy spokesman said Thursday.

Maldives gets Amal Clooney to fight for Rohingya at UN court

Colombo - The luxury tourist destination of the Maldives has hired prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to represent it at the UN's highest court in seeking justice for Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims.

Sri Lanka calls on US to reconsider barring army chief

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Sunday said the US should reconsider its decision to refuse entry to the island's army chief over his alleged war crimes and warned that relations were being "unnecessarily complicated".

Sri Lanka arrests ex-envoy to Russia over MiG deal

Colombo - Sri Lanka arrested a former ambassador to Russia after he was extradited from Dubai Friday to face money laundering charges over a controversial MiG aircraft purchase, police said.

Tamil-language anthem dropped from Sri Lanka independence party

Colombo - A Tamil-language version of Sri Lanka's national anthem was dropped from independence day celebrations Tuesday, with critics saying the move was a setback to reconciliation after years of ethnic civil war.

Commonwealth takes back Maldives after 40 months

Colombo - Commonwealth nations on Saturday welcomed back the Maldives 40 months after it angrily quit the organisation over criticism of its human rights record under strongman president Abdulla Yameen.

Sri Lanka new govt to investigate war missing

Colombo - Sri Lanka's presidency said Friday that death certificates for thousands of people missing presumed dead from the country's civil war will only be given out after proper investigations.

Double trouble: Too many show for Sri Lanka twins record bid

Colombo - A Sri Lankan attempt to set a world record for the largest gathering of twins may have failed Monday after an unexpectedly large turnout overwhelmed organisers who vowed to try again.

Sri Lanka president acknowledges thousands of war missing are dead

Colombo - Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has acknowledged for the first time that more than 23,500 people missing for a decade since the end of the country's protracted Tamil war are dead.

Sri Lanka orders bus operators to turn down the music

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government on Thursday gave bus operators two weeks to turn down the notoriously loud music in their vehicles following complaints from passengers.

Sri Lanka president says he is 'victim' of Swiss kidnap claim

Colombo - Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Thursday the alleged kidnapping of a Swiss embassy staffer which triggered a diplomatic spat between Colombo and Bern had been concocted to discredit his election victory.

Rajapaksa brothers cement power in Sri Lanka

Colombo - Newly elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday named his brother Mahinda as Prime Minister, cementing the grip on power of a clan credited with brutally crushing the Tamil Tigers a decade ago.

Sri Lankan government to dissolve after vote debacle

Colombo - Sri Lanka's prime minister will announce his resignation to the nation later Wednesday, bringing his government to an end following his party's presidential election debacle, officials told AFP.

Symbolic swearing-in for Sri Lanka's new president

Anuradhapura - Sri Lanka's new president and scourge of the Tamil Tigers Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday urged minorities unnerved by his election victory to work with him, as he was sworn in at a ceremony steeped in symbolism for his core supporters.

Symbolic swearing-in for Sri Lanka's new strongman

Anuradhapura - Sri Lanka's new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in Monday at a Buddhist temple revered by his core Sinhalese nationalist supporters, following an election victory that triggered fear and concern among the island's Tamil and Muslim minority commu...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's new 'Terminator' president

Colombo - Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 70, set to be Sri Lanka's new president, was the de facto military chief who crushed Tamil guerrillas a decade ago, making him a revered figure among the Sinhalese majority and the powerful Buddhist clergy.
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