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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.

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.

Sri Lanka parliament sacks Rajapakse, leaving power vacuum

Colombo - Sri Lanka's parliament on Wednesday voted out the bitterly disputed government of former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, removing one controversial figure but leaving the country in a power vacuum.

Sri Lanka parliament to meet in showdown between rival PMs

Colombo - Sri Lanka's parliament will meet under tight security Wednesday, after the top court ruled its dissolution illegal and opened the door to a vote on which of two rival prime ministers has the support to rule.

Sri Lanka Supreme Court restores parliament in boost to ousted PM

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled President Maithripala Sirisena's dissolution of parliament in a major boost to sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's fight to reclaim the post from an arch-rival.

Sri Lanka speaker urges officials to defy president 'illegal orders'

Colombo - Sri Lanka's speaker on Sunday accused President Maithripala Sirisena of usurping parliament and urged public servants to defy his "illegal orders", as the president scrambled to defend his controversial sacking of the legislature.

Sri Lanka's Rajapakse vows to hold polls despite challenge

Colombo - Sri Lanka's former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse Sunday vowed snap elections would go ahead to "seek a mandate from the people" after the president's sacking of parliament plunged the country deeper into political turmoil.

Legal challenge as Sri Lankan political turmoil deepens

Colombo - Sri Lanka's largest party announced Saturday a legal challenge to President Maithripala Sirisena's sacking of parliament, a move that has plunged the Indian Ocean island nation into fresh turmoil and alarmed the international community.

Sri Lanka heads for showdown as Rajapakse rallies support

Colombo - Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse rallied tens of thousands of supporters in a show of strength Monday even as the parliament's speaker refused to recognise his controversial appointment as prime minister.

Rajapakse rally gathers as Sri Lanka showdown toughens

Colombo - Thousands of supporters of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse headed for the capital on Monday to rally in support of his controversial nomination as prime minister, as the island's constitutional crisis deepened.

Sri Lanka Tamils push parliament to end crisis

Colombo - Sri Lanka's main Tamil party on Sunday urged the president to reconvene parliament and end a worsening political crisis, as the minority ethnic community emerge as kingmakers in the power struggle.

Sri Lanka rivals target defectors to end political crisis

Colombo - Attempts to win over MP defectors intensified in Sri Lanka's constitutional crisis Saturday amid growing pressure to let the suspended parliament hold a vote on the two rivals who each claim to be prime minister.

Sri Lanka rivals target defectors to end political crisis

Colombo - Attempts to win over MP defectors intensified in Sri Lanka's constitutional crisis Saturday amid growing pressure to let the suspended parliament hold a vote on the two rivals who each claim to be prime minister.

Sri Lanka's ousted PM says time running out to avert 'bloodbath'

Colombo - Sri Lanka's sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has warned time is running out to avert a "bloodbath" while voicing hope that parliament will resolve a damaging constitutional crisis in the coming days.
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