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Bindi Irwin must prove father's death via contract with DWTS

A judge in the L.A. Superior Court has ruled Bindi Irwin will not be paid for appearing on the show Dancing with the Stars until proof is provided of her father's death. Steve Irwin was best known as the Crocodile Hunter on Animal Planet.

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.

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.
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