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Sri Lanka jails killers of British tourist

Colombo - A Sri Lankan ruling party politician and three accomplices were Friday sentenced to 20 years in jai for murdering a British holidaymaker on Christmas Eve and raping his Russian partner.
In the Media by AFP

Sri Lanka announces probe into military's alleged rights abuses

Colombo - Sri Lanka announced Thursday an investigation into its military over allegations of rights abuses, following intense international pressure for a war-crimes probe into the island's decades-long ethnic conflict.
In the Media by Amal Jayasinghe (AFP)

Australian minister in Sri Lanka as boat crisis deepens

Colombo - Australia's immigration minister arrived in Colombo early Wednesday as a group of Sri Lankan migrants controversially turned back by Canberra at sea said they were treated worse than dogs.
In the Media by AFP

Returned Sri Lanka migrants vent fury at Australia

Galle - Sri Lankan migrants aboard a boat that was controversially turned back mid-sea by Australia slammed Canberra on Tuesday, claiming they were abused, given little food and treated "worse than dogs".
In the Media by Amal Jayasinghe (AFP)

Dalai Lama denounces Buddhist-Muslim violence

Leh - The Dalai Lama has called for an end to the violence between the two faiths. Specifically he is asking members of his faith to stop their attacks on the Muslim community.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Australian minister to visit Sri Lanka amid boat dispute

Colombo - Australia's immigration minister will visit Colombo this week for talks on illegal immigration following international concern at his country's handling of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers, it was announced Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Man claims to have lived on Mars for the last 17 years

An ex-marine under the pseudonym name of Captain Kaye claims he has spent the last 17 years living on Mars defending the human colonies from martians.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 10 comments

Muslims demand UN probe into Sri Lanka religious riots

Colombo - The main Muslim party in Sri Lanka's ruling coalition Wednesday demanded a UN probe into one of the country's worst-ever religious riots, as President Mahinda Rajapakse toured the violence-hit resort region.
In the Media by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi (AFP) - 1 comment

Peace envoy in Norway would testify on Sri Lanka war 'atrocities'

A report on Sunday said that Erik Solheim, a top Norwegian peace envoy, said he would testify to any international war crimes investigation over "atrocities" committed during Sri Lanka's separatist conflict.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

Sri Lanka detains British tourist over Buddha tattoo

Colombo - Sri Lanka has detained a female British tourist for having a Buddha tattoo on her right arm and ordered her deportation, police said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

T20 winners Sri Lanka brace for biggest party after war

Colombo - Sri Lanka was preparing to throw its biggest party since the end of the country's ethnic war Monday after beating India in the final of cricket's World T20 tournament.
In the Media by AFP

Sri Lanka ruling party wins vote test with lower margin

Colombo - Sri Lanka's ruling party won local elections, but with smaller than expected margins in a crucial mid-term test for President Mahinda Rajapakse, official results showed Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Sri Lanka mass grave over old burial site

Colombo - Sri Lankan authorities halted excavations after recovering 81 skeletal remains from an unmarked mass grave atop an old burial ground in the island's former war zone, an official said Saturday.Judicial medical officer Dhananjaya Waidyaratne said digging...
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Selective justice: Foreign nationals and the death penalty

Geneva - The International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) steps up its campaign this week for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Sri Lanka family finds mass grave in garden

Colombo - A Sri Lankan family has stumbled upon the remains of at least nine bodies buried in the garden of their home, police said Saturday, the latest mass grave to be discovered in the country's former war zone.The family made the grisly find on Friday while ...
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Bellamy Brothers is first country act to tour Sri Lanka and India

Legendary country duo, the Bellamy Brothers, has returned from an extensive tour of India and Sri Lanka. They are the first country act to tour in those Asian countries.
In the Media by Markos Papadatos

UN seeks foreign probe of Sri Lanka war crimes

Colombo - The United Nations' human rights chief has recommended an international investigation into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final stages of its Tamil separatist conflict, a report said Sunday.The local Sunday Times newspaper in Sri Lanka sa...
In the Media by AFP

New report raises pressure on Sri Lanka over 'war crimes'

Colombo - Sri Lanka's army led an orgy of indiscriminate killing at the climax of the island's civil war, and has since tried to destroy evidence of its crimes, a new investigation published Wednesday by foreign experts claimed.
In the Media by Amal JAYASINGHE (AFP)

Op-Ed: Commonwealth summit opens in Sri Lanka, chaotic scenes in Jaffna

Colombo - The Commonwealth Summit began in Sri Lanka Friday but the row over human rights breaches will not go away. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will chair the summit for the next two years, which could cause problems if concerns are not addressed.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 7 comments

Op-Ed: Sri Lanka hosts Commonwealth summit amid human rights abuse

Colombo - Sri Lanka's failure to address international concerns about its record on human rights during its war with Tamil rebels has overshadowed this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo.
In the Media by Abdul Kuddus - 6 comments
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