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Sri Lanka airline suspends drunk pilot in Frankfurt

Colombo - Sri Lanka's national carrier has suspended a captain who failed a breathalyser test just before he was due to fly 274 passengers and crew from Frankfurt to Colombo, the airline said Sunday.

Sri Lanka's latest status symbol, a baby elephant

Colombo - Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka's wealthy elite -- a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown.

Hundreds left homeless after Sri Lanka depot blast

Colombo - Hundreds of Sri Lankans have been left homeless after explosions at an ammunition depot on the edge of Colombo flattened houses and killed a soldier, an official said Tuesday.

Thousands flee Sri Lanka ammunition depot explosions

Colombo - A series of explosions rocked a military ammunition depot on the edge of Sri Lanka's capital into Monday, sparking huge fires and forcing thousands to flee as debris fell into populated neighbourhoods.

Flood-hit Sri Lanka pulls more bodies from landslides

Colombo - Sri Lankan soldiers pulled more bodies from landslides and distributed food and water to hundreds of thousands of residents camped in shelters on Sunday after major floods hit the island.

Foreign aid reaches flooded Sri Lankan capital, 71 dead

Colombo - Foreign aid began arriving in Sri Lanka Saturday, bringing help to half a million people forced out of their homes by rains and landslides that have killed at least 71 in a week of extreme weather wreaking havoc in South Asia.

500,000 flee homes as Sri Lanka flood misery worsens

Colombo - Desperate Sri Lankans clambered onto rubber dinghies and makeshift rafts Friday to escape monster floods in the capital Colombo as officials said half a million people had fled their homes across the island.

Sri Lankan troops search for 100 missing after landslides

Aranayaka - Sri Lankan troops were digging through tonnes of mud Thursday to search for more than 100 people reported missing after landslides buried two villages, claiming at least 24 lives.

Lightning kills four elephants in Sri Lanka

Colombo - Four elephants, including two calves, were killed by lightning in northern Sri Lanka in one of the worst wildlife tragedies to hit the country in years, officials said Sunday.

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.
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