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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.

Maldives opposition face crackdown after failed power bid

Colombo - Opposition parties in the Maldives accused the government Friday of waging a revenge campaign against their leaders after they narrowly failed to seize control of parliament.

Sri Lanka signals arrests over high-profile killings

Colombo - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said Wednesday he would not protect anyone guilty of murder during the civil war, flagging arrests for a spate of high-profile crimes allegedly perpetrated by security forces.

Sri Lanka ex-leader's brother 'led death squad': court

Colombo - Former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapakse's brother Gotabhaya directed a top-secret death squad which targeted journalists and dissidents, a court was told Monday.

Maldives deny atoll sale to Saudis after protests

Colombo - The Maldives government on Wednesday denied it was selling a cluster of small islands to Saudi Arabia, following opposition protests against such a deal, but said it was seeking foreign investment to develop the area.

Sri Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Colombo - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers.

Sri Lanka prison bus shooting kills seven: police

Colombo - Attackers opened fire on a prison bus outside Colombo on Monday, killing five prisoners and two armed guards in the worst gang-related violence to hit Sri Lanka in decades.

Sri Lanka's record Christmas tree pruned due to work delays

Colombo - Sri Lanka surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree Saturday despite building delays forcing organisers to prune the structure by almost half, an official said.
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