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Maldives strips jailed ex-leader Nasheed of pension

Colombo - The Maldives on Wednesday stripped jailed former president Mohamed Nasheed of his pension entitlements and health insurance, after demanding he return from medical leave in Britain.

Sri Lanka bans landmines seven years after ethnic war

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government Thursday announced it would ban landmines and promised to destroy its stockpiles of the explosive devices, nearly seven years after its protracted civil war ended.

Ex-Maldives leader asks for more prison leave

Colombo - Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has requested two more months' leave from prison after travelling to London for urgent medical treatment, the honeymoon island nation's government said Tuesday.

Britain, Sweden should accept Assange ruling: UN rights chief

Colombo - The UN human rights chief said on a visit to Sri Lanka Tuesday that Britain and Sweden should accept the findings of one of his panels that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had been arbitrarily detained.

UN rights chief in Sri Lanka for talks over war crimes

Colombo - The United Nations' human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein began his first visit to Sri Lanka Saturday to gauge the island's progress in investigating allegations troops committed atrocities during a prolonged civil war.

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Fonseka joins government

Colombo - Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday joined the coalition government which has vowed to probe allegations of atrocities committed during the bloody finale of the island's separatist war.

Maldives ready to extend Nasheed's prison leave

Colombo - The Maldives said Friday it could extend the prison leave granted to former president Mohamed Nasheed to go to London for medical treatment after he hinted at delaying his return.

Sri Lanka destroys biggest ever illegal ivory haul

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday destroyed its biggest ever illegal ivory haul in the first public crushing of poached tusks in South Asia, intended to send a stark message to smugglers.

Jailed Maldives ex-leader leaves for surgery in Britain

Colombo - Jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed left for Britain on Thursday following a stop over in Sri Lanka after the honeymoon islands' government granted him prison leave for urgent surgery, his party said.

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

Colombo - Up to 100,000 people still living in camps six years after the end of Sri Lanka's brutal ethnic war will be given land to build homes within six months, President Maithripala Sirisena told AFP Sunday.

Sri Lanka cricket stars sorry for Enrique concert chaos

Colombo - An entertainments company owned by two Sri Lankan cricket legends apologised Monday for an Enrique Iglesias concert where local women shed their underwear, sparking outrage from the country's president.

Saudis 'commute Sri Lanka maid's stoning death sentence'

Colombo - A Saudi Arabian court has commuted the death-by-stoning sentence passed on a Sri Lankan maid convicted of adultery, the government in Colombo said on Wednesday."We have succeeded in getting the death sentence overturned.

India, Sri Lanka plan bridge across ocean

New Delhi - India and Sri Lanka, separated by the 19 mile wide Palk Straits in the Indian Ocean, plan to build a bridge across, to develop interconnectivity and transport.

Sri Lanka arrests Maldivian wanted over speedboat 'bomb plot'

Colombo - Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a Maldivian man wanted in connection with an alleged bomb blast aboard President Abdulla Yameen's speedboat and forced him to return home, an immigration official said Monday.

FBI says no bomb blast on Maldives president's boat: Report

Colombo - The FBI has said it found no evidence an explosion on board the Maldives president's boat was caused by a bomb, a report said, raising questions about his deputy's arrest over the incident.

Maldives woman wins reprieve from death by stoning

Colombo - The Maldives' highest court has overturned an unprecedented sentence of death by stoning for a woman convicted of adultery, a crime in the Muslim island nation, media reports said Monday.

Sri Lanka promises 'no questions' if Swiss bank cash brought back

Colombo - Sri Lanka Friday asked citizens holding Swiss bank accounts to redeposit the cash in their home country and promised there would be "no questions asked" if they do.

UN wants international judges in Sri Lanka war crimes court

Colombo - The United Nations on Wednesday detailed horrific abuses committed in Sri Lanka's civil war, including the disappearance of tens of thousands of people, and said the country needed international help to probe war crimes and enable reconciliation.

Sri Lanka's parliament sworn in after unity government formed

Colombo - Sri Lanka's new parliament was sworn in on Tuesday following a general election that saw Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe form a broad-based unity government.

Sri Lanka arrests army personnel over missing journalist

Colombo - Sri Lanka's police on Monday arrested four army personnel, including two senior officers, in connection with the disappearance of a dissident cartoonist that triggered international condemnation of the island's rights record.
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