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Sri Lanka paying deadly price for political infighting: analysts

Colombo - Crucial intelligence that could have prevented Sri Lanka's Easter attacks went ignored in part because of feuding between the country's leaders, experts say.

Sri Lanka Catholic churches halt public services over security fears

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Catholic churches suspended all public services over security fears on Thursday, as thousands of troops joined the hunt for suspects in deadly Easter bombings that killed nearly 360 people.

Sri Lanka troops join hunt for bomb attack suspects

Colombo - Sri Lanka deployed thousands of additional troops countrywide overnight to help police hunt for suspects in the Easter Sunday suicide blasts that killed nearly 360 people, a spokesman said Thursday.

China's island cities: Treasure or trouble for Asia?

Colombo - A high-rise city the size of central London rising out of the ocean next to Sri Lanka's capital is laying down another marker for China's global infrastructure ambitions whose epic scope is sounding alarm bells in Asia and beyond.

Silent streets after dozens of children killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Negombo - The streets of Sri Lanka's Katuwapitiya should be full of the sound of children's games. But after deadly Easter attacks that killed at least 45 children, they have fallen silent.

CCTV shows bomber calmly entering Sri Lanka church

Negombo - Chilling CCTV footage has emerged showing a suicide bomber calmly patting a child on the head and shoulder moments before he walked into a packed Sri Lankan church, unleashing carnage.

For Sri Lanka grave digger, a grim parade

Colombo - Piyasri Gunasena rarely digs more than one grave a day at the Madampitiya cemetery in Sri Lanka's capital. On Tuesday, two days after the deadly Easter bomb attacks, he had dug 10 by mid-afternoon.

Two Muslim brothers were Sri Lanka hotel suicide bombers: sources

Colombo - Muslim brothers carried out two of the hotel suicide blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, part of a wave of bombings that killed more than 320 people, police sources told AFP Tuesday.

Sri Lanka detains new suspects amid frantic hunt for bombers

Colombo - A Sri Lankan security dragnet hunting those responsible for horrifying bombings that claimed more than 350 lives has scooped up a further 18 suspects, police said Wednesday, as pressure mounted on politicians to explain why no one acted on intelligence...

'Saddest day' as Sri Lanka mourns blast victims

Negombo - Devastated relatives collapsed into the arms of bystanders at memorial services Tuesday, as Sri Lanka began burying victims of deadly weekend suicide blasts that claimed over 320 lives.

Little-known Islamist group NTJ accused in Sri Lanka blasts

Colombo - Before being named prime suspects in Sri Lanka's Easter bomb suicide attacks, National Thowheeth Jama'ath's main claim to fame was being linked to vandalising of Buddhist statues.

'Where is God?': Sri Lankans stunned after deadly blasts

Colombo - As Shantha Prasad carried children wounded in Sri Lanka's deadly attacks into a Colombo hospital, memories of the country's deadly civil war flooded back.

Family's near miss at bombed Sri Lanka church

Negombo - When Dilip Fernando arrived at St Sebastian's church in Sri Lanka's Negombo on Easter Sunday, it was so crowded he went elsewhere for mass. The decision probably saved his life.

Sri Lanka bombings put Christians on frontline of religious divides

Colombo - The Easter Sunday attacks on three churches in Sri Lanka mark a devastating escalation of violence against a Christian minority that has been targeted in the past, but never to such brutal and deadly effect.

'Horrific', 'cruel', 'sad': World reacts to Sri Lanka blasts

Colombo - Religious and world leaders have condemned a series of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed at least 290 people on Sunday, including dozens of foreigners with British, Dutch and American citizens believed to be among them.

Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation

Colombo - The suicide bomber waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Sri Lanka's Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back.

Easter blasts at Sri Lanka hotels and churches kill at least 207

Colombo - A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 207 people, including dozens of foreigners.

Hundreds hurt as blasts hit Sri Lanka churches, hotels

Colombo - A string of blasts hit high-end hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Sunday, injuring hundreds of people as worshippers attended Easter services.

Sri Lanka U-turns on war crimes probe

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president went back Wednesday on pledges to investigate war-time atrocities, saying he did not want to "re-open old wounds" but sparked a rift with his cohabitation government.

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.
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