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Sri Lanka opens landmark inquiry into 2012 jail massacre

Colombo - Sri Lanka announced Thursday a long-awaited investigation into the massacre of 27 prisoners that became a symbol of the rights abuses allegedly perpetrated by the war-era regime.

Sri Lankan navy rescues elephant washed out to sea

Colombo - Sri Lanka's navy has rescued an elephant that got into difficulties after being washed out to sea, a spokesman said Wednesday, calling it a "miraculous escape".

Sri Lanka vows Tamil autonomy despite Buddhist resistance

Colombo - Sri Lanka vowed Wednesday to grant greater autonomy to its Tamil minority in a new constitution after an influential Buddhist monk said the clergy opposed the plan.

Sri Lanka train deaths prompt selfie crackdown

Colombo - Sri Lankan railway authorities announced a crackdown on selfies on Tuesday after a 12-year-old boy was decapitated and two other men also died while snapping themselves on a coastal track.

Sri Lanka saves pod of stranded whales

Colombo - Sri Lanka's navy and local residents rescued a pod of about 20 stranded pilot whales off the island's northeastern coast on Wednesday, an official said.

Sri Lanka tightens building laws as monsoon rain toll tops 200

Colombo - Sri Lanka pledged Wednesday to tighten construction laws as the toll from heavy rains rose to 203, saying many landslide victims would have survived had their homes not been built on slopes.

Sri Lanka appeals for help as floods foul water supply

Colombo - Sri Lanka appealed Tuesday for volunteers to help with a massive clean-up after landslides and floods left at least 193 dead and tens of thousands without safe drinking water.

Sri Lanka deploys thousands of troops as flood toll climbs to 169

Kalutara - Thousands of Sri Lankan troops battled Monday to get relief supplies to nearly half a million people displaced by the island's worst flooding in well over a decade, which has killed 169 people.

Sri Lanka steps up relief as monsoon toll exceeds 150

Colombo - Emergency teams rushed food and water Sunday to half a million Sri Lankans displaced by the island's worst flooding for more than a decade, as the death toll climbed to 151.

Sri Lanka rushes aid to flood victims, death toll hits 146

Colombo - Emergency teams rushed to distribute aid Sunday to half a million Sri Lankans displaced after the island's worst flooding in more than a decade, as authorities upgraded the death toll to 146.

India aids Sri Lanka as monsoon kills 100

Colombo - India joined Sri Lanka's relief operation Saturday as 230,000 people were driven from their homes after an intense monsoon deluge killed at least 103 people.

Indian aid arrives as Sri Lanka monsoon toll hits 100

Colombo - Indian medical teams and emergency relief arrived in Sri Lanka Saturday as the monsoon-related death toll reached 100 and authorities warned of more flooding in low-lying areas.

Floods, landslides kill at least 91 in Sri Lanka

Colombo - Flooding and landslides killed at least 91 people and left another 110 missing in Sri Lanka as the monsoon set in Friday, dumping record rainfalls in many parts of the island, authorities said.

Sri Lanka's men face rape in custody decade after civil war: study

Colombo - Men in Sri Lanka are being raped in custody nearly a decade after the civil war, when sexual assault was routinely used to torture detained Tamils, a report said Wednesday.

Sri Lankan embassies sheltered criminals: foreign minister

Colombo - Sri Lanka's foreign minister on Friday accused the previous administration of using its embassies abroad as "safe houses" for murderers accused of perpetrating human rights abuses during the civil war.

Sri Lanka rescues 30 Rohingya aboard Indian boat

Colombo - Sri Lanka's coastguard Sunday detained an Indian boat which had illegally entered the island's territorial waters and rescued 30 Rohingya refugees including 16 children who were on board, an official said.

Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Hundreds evacuated after deadly Sri Lanka dump collapse

Colombo - Sri Lanka has moved over 400 families to temporary shelters after tonnes of rotting garbage collapsed onto a slum on Friday, killing at least 28 people.

Hope fades for Sri Lanka missing, garbage toll hits 23

Colombo - Hopes of finding anyone alive under a collapsed mountain of garbage in Sri Lanka's capital faded Sunday as the death toll reached 23 with another six reported missing, police said.

Sri Lanka garbage dump toll rises to 15

Colombo - Sri Lankan soldiers dug through rubbish with their bare hands Saturday to pull out victims after a huge garbage mountain collapsed on their homes, killing at least 15 people.
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