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Sri Lanka parliament votes to curb president's power

Colombo - Sri Lanka's parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to curb the power of the presidency, restoring a two-term limit and reviving independent bodies to manage key institutions such as the police and the judiciary.

Sri Lanka graft busters question Rajapakse brothers

Colombo - Two brothers of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse faced questioning by anti-corruption investigators on Thursday as the new government stepped up its crackdown against the old regime.

India's Modi visits Sri Lanka's Tamil heartland

Jaffna - Narendra Modi landed in Jaffna on Saturday, making a highly symbolic first visit by an Indian prime minister to Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northern Tamil heartland after urging greater autonomy for the island's largest minority.

Modi pushes Tamil autonomy during Sri Lanka visit

Colombo - Narendra Modi urged Sri Lanka's new leaders to give greater autonomy to its Tamil minority after a long ethnic war, as he began the first official visit by an Indian premier to the island in 28 years on Friday.

Sri Lanka to discuss new war crimes probe with UN

Colombo - Sri Lanka's newly-elected government will next month look to win United Nations backing for a domestic probe into alleged war crimes under former leader Mahinda Rajapakse, an official said Saturday.

ISIS vows to take down Rome

In the most recent propaganda video released by the militant group ISIS, the terroristic group vows to conquer Rome. Some say it is a blatant attack on Christians.

Sri Lankan leader courts India on first foreign trip

Colombo - Sri Lanka's new president heads to India this weekend on his first foreign trip in office, seeking to rebuild ties hit by tensions over growing Chinese influence on the strategically located island.

Ex-Sri Lanka leader's brother accused of killing editor

Colombo - Sri Lankan authorities are investigating a claim that the toppled president's younger brother ran a "death squad" and ordered a high-profile newspaper editor's assassination, a police spokesman said Sunday.

Pope leads joyous million-strong mass on Sri Lanka seafront

Colombo - A million worshippers packed the Colombo seafront to greet Pope Francis as he canonised Sri Lanka's first saint on Wednesday in the biggest public celebration the city has ever witnessed.

'Exhausted' pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

Colombo - Pope Francis on Tuesday cancelled a planned meeting with Sri Lankan bishops, with one security official saying he was "exhausted" after a long journey from the airport exposed to the hot sun.

Pope urges respect for human rights on Sri Lanka trip

Colombo - Pope Francis urged respect for human rights as he began a two-nation Asia tour in a windswept Sri Lanka Tuesday, bearing a message of peace and reconciliation after a decades-long civil war.

Pope begins Asia visit in Sri Lanka

Colombo - Pope Francis will arrive in Sri Lanka on Tuesday, days after the surprise election of a president who has pledged a new culture of tolerance in a country still recovering from civil war.

Coup averted in Sri Lanka: new government

Colombo - Sri Lanka's new government on Sunday accused toppled strongman Mahinda Rajapakse of having tried to stage a coup to cling to power after losing last week's presidential election.

Sri Lanka's new president welcomes dissidents home

Colombo - New President Maithripala Sirisena invited exiled dissidents back to Sri Lanka and promised to end censorship Saturday as he began to turn the page on the authoritarian rule of his toppled predecessor.

Sirisena sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president

Colombo - Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as Sri Lankan president Friday after a shock victory over veteran strongman Mahinda Rajapakse in an election dominated by charges of corruption and growing authoritarianism.

Tense wait for results after close Sri Lanka election

Colombo - Sri Lankans faced a tense wait Friday for the result of a bitterly contested election that pitted South Asia's longest-serving leader against a former minister who has become a symbol of resentment over corruption.

Sri Lanka votes in tightest election in decades

Colombo - Sri Lankans turned out in large numbers Thursday, shrugging off some reports of intimidation to vote in the island's tightest election in decades as President Mahinda Rajapakse battles for survival.

Sri Lanka monitors fear voter intimidation before election

Colombo - International observers said Sunday they had received complaints of voter intimidation before this week's Sri Lankan presidential election, in which the incumbent faces a tough battle to win an unprecedented third term.

Violence escalates ahead of Sri Lanka polls: Officials

Colombo - Campaign-related violence escalated across Sri Lanka ahead of next week's elections as President Mahinda Rajapakse fights an unexpectedly tough battle to remain in power, poll monitors and police said Saturday.

Sri Lanka floods, mudslides kill 14

Colombo - Floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 14 people in Sri Lanka and driven 80,000 from their homes, police and officials said Friday, as the country marked the 10th anniversary of the tsunami.
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