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Sri Lanka sends bone fragments from mass grave for US analysis

Colombo - Bone fragments from one of the biggest mass graves found in Sri Lanka since its civil war ended nearly a decade ago have been sent to the US for analysis, officials said Thursday.

Sri Lanka marks decade since journalist murder amid justice calls

Colombo - Sri Lankan journalists Tuesday paid tribute to anti-establishment editor Lasantha Wickrematunge 10 years after his murder by a suspected government death squad that came to symbolise a deadly decade-long crackdown on the country's media.

Sri Lanka slaying anniversary highlights hunt for justice

Colombo - Ten years after top newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed by a suspected government death squad the failure to secure a prosecution has come to highlight Sri Lanka's struggle with a dark past.

Sri Lanka reinstates ousted PM, begins uneasy truce

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president on Sunday reappointed as prime minister the same man he sacked from the job nearly two months ago, ending a power struggle and immediately setting off an uneasy cohabitation government.

Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister: official

Colombo - Sri Lanka's sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated Sunday, his party said, ending a 51-day crisis that had paralysed the island nation and pushed it towards debt default.

Rajapakse bows out, ending Sri Lanka power struggle

Colombo - Sri Lanka's crisis looked over on Saturday as strongman Mahinda Rajapakse bowed out of a power battle that had crippled the island nation for seven weeks and sent it heading for a possible debt default.

Rajapakse ends standoff as Sri Lanka risked shutdown

Colombo - Sri Lanka's strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse will step down on Saturday from his disputed position of premier, his son said on Friday, signalling an end to the seven-week long power-struggle that threatened to shut the government.

Court rules against Sri Lanka president, impeachment edges closer

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court opened the way for potential impeachment proceedings against the president on Thursday, ruling that he broke the law by dissolving parliament last month.

Sacking of Sri Lanka parliament illegal: Supreme Court

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena's sacking of parliament last month was illegal, clearing the way for potential impeachment proceedings against him.

Sri Lanka's ousted PM likens president to Hitler

Colombo - Sri Lanka's toppled premier likened the president to Hitler on Tuesday as he demanded to be reinstated, almost six weeks into a paralysing political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation.

Sri Lanka court denies Rajapakse authority to act as PM

Colombo - A court in Sri Lanka suspended Mahinda Rajapakse's powers as prime minister on Monday and ruled his disputed cabinet could not govern the strife-torn island until it proved its legitimacy.

Sri Lanka court denies Rajapakse authority to act as PM

Colombo - A Sri Lanka court on Monday suspended Mahinda Rajapakse's powers as prime minister and ruled that his cabinet could not function until its legitimacy was established.

Sri Lanka parliament blocks govt spending amid crisis

Colombo - Sri Lanka's parliament on Friday escalated a power struggle with President Maithripala Sirisena, voting to block spending by the disputed government he installed last month.

Sri Lanka's top military official detained over mass murder cover-up

Colombo - Sri Lanka's military chief was remanded by court Wednesday after weeks evading arrest over the alleged cover-up of the abduction and murder of 11 young men during the island's civil war.

Sri Lanka MPs boycott parliament as crisis drags on

Colombo - Allies of Sri Lanka's embattled president Maithripala Sirisena boycotted parliament Tuesday as the country drifted into a second month of political turmoil.

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted PM

Colombo - President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday reignited the power struggle that has crippled Sri Lanka's government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted premier

Colombo - President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday reignited the power struggle that has crippled Sri Lanka's government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

New Maldives leader warns of 'dire' economy, renews India ties

Colombo - Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took office as the new Maldives president Saturday and immediately warned of a "dire" economic crisis as he turned to India for help, signalling an end to the pro-China stance of his predecessor.

Chilli powder thrown as Sri Lankan MPs brawl again

Colombo - Sri Lanka's political crisis escalated Friday with police having to escort the speaker into parliament and MPs throwing chilli powder and furniture at rivals.

Punch-up in Sri Lankan parliament

Colombo - Sri Lanka's parliament descended into chaos on Thursday with MPs swinging punches and throwing projectiles a day after legislators voted the "purported" prime minister out of office.
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