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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.

Maldives ex-president Nasheed back in jail: Party

Colombo - The Maldives has put former president Mohamed Nasheed back in jail a month after his 13-year prison sentence was commuted to house arrest, his party said Monday.

Opposition party joins Sri Lanka government

Colombo - Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka's prime minister on Friday for another term after securing the backing of the country's second-biggest party for a new government of national unity.

Sri Lanka PM warns against divisive politics after vote surge

Colombo - Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged Sri Lanka's parties on Wednesday to work together as he began forming a new government backed by minority Tamils after a surge in support for his reform-driven agenda in parliamentary elections.

Sri Lanka's ruling party wins election with 106 seats: Results

Colombo - Sri Lanka's ruling party won parliamentary elections on Tuesday, making huge gains and strengthening its mandate for reform, although it has fallen short of an outright majority, official results showed.

Ex-Sri Lanka leader Rajapakse concedes election defeat

Colombo - Sri Lanka's former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse admitted his dream of a political comeback was over Tuesday as parliamentary election results showed a huge surge in support for the party that helped engineer his ousting.

Ex-Sri Lanka leader Rajapakse concedes election defeat

Colombo - Sri Lanka's former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse told AFP Tuesday he has conceded defeat in parliamentary elections, ending his hopes of returning to power just months after he was toppled as president.

Penpics of key players in Sri Lanka's general election

Colombo - The following are profiles of key players in Sri Lanka's general election on Monday.Mahinda RajapakseSri Lanka's former strongman president, who was ousted in January and is seeking a return to power as prime minister, is a polarising figure.

Former strongman Rajapakse plots comeback as Sri Lanka votes

Colombo - A bullish Mahinda Rajapakse said he was confident of staging a shock return to power as Sri Lanka's prime minister in elections Monday held just months after he was toppled as president.

Ex-strongman Rajapakse plans comeback as Sri Lanka votes

Colombo - Sri Lanka goes to the polls Monday with former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse desperate to pull off a shock political comeback, this time as prime minister, months after being toppled as president.

Sri Lanka deploys thousands of police on election eve

Colombo - Sri Lanka deployed thousands of police on Sunday in stepped up security on the eve of a general election after the campaign was hit by sporadic violence that claimed four lives.Police Inspector General N.K.

Sri Lanka ex-strongman Rajapakse in election comeback bid

Colombo - Sri Lanka's beleaguered former leader Mahinda Rajapakse will try to pull off a shock political comeback in elections Monday that he hopes will propel him to the premiership, months after being toppled as president.

Sri Lanka's Rajapakse issues challenge to president

Colombo - Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse openly challenged his successor Friday, demanding he respect the "will of the people", after the country's new leader vetoed his ambitions to become prime minister.

Maldives join hunt for MH370 after debris sighting claims

Colombo - The Maldives joined a regional search for wreckage from missing flight MH370 following reports that islanders in the Indian ocean atoll nation had spotted unidentified debris, police said Sunday.

Sri Lanka's ex-leader defends son over murder claim

Colombo - Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapakse Sunday denied his son was involved in the controversial death of a national rugby player as a magistrate ordered a fresh investigation.

Sri Lankan Tamils push for autonomy and justice

Jaffna - The road blocks and military checkpoints are gone, and the restrictions on foreign tourists and journalists visiting the area have been lifted.

Sri Lanka police seek help to track rally gunmen

Colombo - Sri Lankan police appealed for information Saturday to track down four gunmen who opened fire at a ruling party rally in the capital, killing a woman and wounding 12 other people.

Deadly shooting at Sri Lanka election rally

Colombo - Masked gunmen opened fire at an election rally headlined by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake in Sri Lanka's capital Friday, killing a woman and wounding 12 ruling party activists, police said.

Ex-Maldives leader's 13-year term commuted to house arrest

Colombo - Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed has had his 13-year prison sentence commuted to a term under house arrest, his international lawyer Jared Genser said Friday.

Sri Lanka's president sacks parliament: official

Colombo - Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Friday ordered the immediate dismissal of parliament, clearing the way for a snap election 10 months ahead of schedule.
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