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Sri Lanka ruling party in purge ahead of snap polls

Colombo - Sri Lanka's ruling party was set for a purge Saturday after a senior minister declared he was challenging President Mahinda Rajapakse in snap elections called for January.

Monks' party quits Sri Lanka government ahead of polls

Colombo - Sri Lanka's main party of Buddhist monks announced Tuesday it was quitting President Mahinda Rajapakse's government in protest at his failure to loosen his grip on power before a re-election bid.

There were warning signs ahead of Sri Lanka mudslide: survivors

Koslanda - Sniffer dogs were deployed Friday to search for mudslide victims in Sri Lanka as survivors said they had seen warning signs of the disaster, such as cracks in the ground and livestock fleeing.

Sniffer dogs join search for Sri Lanka mudslide victims

Haputale - Sniffer dogs were brought in Friday to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, two days after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.

Rains hamper Sri Lanka mudslide tragedy search effort

Haputale - Heavy rains disrupted a massive search Thursday for scores of people feared buried in a landslide on a Sri Lankan tea estate, further dimming prospects of finding anyone alive.

Heavy diggers join hunt for Sri Lanka mudslide victims

- Rescue workers stepped up their desperate search Thursday for survivors of a landslide in Sri Lanka which is feared to have buried alive 100 people on a tea plantation, deploying heavy diggers to claw through the mud.

Sri Lanka heads for snap presidential poll in January

Colombo - Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election in January -- almost two years ahead of schedule -- with Mahinda Rajapakse seeking a third term, the information minister said Monday.An early election had been widely expected.

China's Xi to launch $1.4bn port city development in Sri Lanka

Colombo - Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday to launch construction of a Beijing-funded $1.4 billion port city and seek closer defence ties that could provoke unease in neighbouring India.

Sri Lanka told not to exploit Pope for poll boost

Colombo - The Roman Catholic church on Friday urged Sri Lanka not to politicise a visit by the pope in January amid reports that President Mahinda Rajapakse may hold a snap election early next year.

Japanese PM ends Sri Lanka trip with visit to temple

Colombo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered flowers and worshipped Monday at a historic Buddhist temple outside Colombo as he wrapped up his two-nation South Asian tour that also took him to Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka refuses entry to UN war crimes investigators

Colombo - Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island's decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday.

Bill Clinton: 'I could have killed bin Laden... and I didn't'

New York - Former President Bill Clinton, one day before the 9/11 attack on New York City and the Pentagon - using civilian airliners filled with passengers - boasted that he could have killed Usama bin Laden but turned down the chance.

Sri Lanka jails killers of British tourist

Colombo - A Sri Lankan ruling party politician and three accomplices were Friday sentenced to 20 years in jai for murdering a British holidaymaker on Christmas Eve and raping his Russian partner.

Sri Lanka announces probe into military's alleged rights abuses

Colombo - Sri Lanka announced Thursday an investigation into its military over allegations of rights abuses, following intense international pressure for a war-crimes probe into the island's decades-long ethnic conflict.

Australian minister in Sri Lanka as boat crisis deepens

Colombo - Australia's immigration minister arrived in Colombo early Wednesday as a group of Sri Lankan migrants controversially turned back by Canberra at sea said they were treated worse than dogs.

Returned Sri Lanka migrants vent fury at Australia

Galle - Sri Lankan migrants aboard a boat that was controversially turned back mid-sea by Australia slammed Canberra on Tuesday, claiming they were abused, given little food and treated "worse than dogs".

Dalai Lama denounces Buddhist-Muslim violence

Leh - The Dalai Lama has called for an end to the violence between the two faiths. Specifically he is asking members of his faith to stop their attacks on the Muslim community.

Australian minister to visit Sri Lanka amid boat dispute

Colombo - Australia's immigration minister will visit Colombo this week for talks on illegal immigration following international concern at his country's handling of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers, it was announced Sunday.

Man claims to have lived on Mars for the last 17 years

An ex-marine under the pseudonym name of Captain Kaye claims he has spent the last 17 years living on Mars defending the human colonies from martians.

Muslims demand UN probe into Sri Lanka religious riots

Colombo - The main Muslim party in Sri Lanka's ruling coalition Wednesday demanded a UN probe into one of the country's worst-ever religious riots, as President Mahinda Rajapakse toured the violence-hit resort region.
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