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Prince Philip's car becomes Sri Lankan royal artefact

Colombo - An almost 90-year-old car that once belonged to Britain's late Prince Philip is now the centrepiece of a seaside museum in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka bans 11 Muslim groups ahead of Easter attacks anniversary

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Wednesday banned 11 Muslim organisations, including the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda, a week ahead of the second anniversary of the Easter Sunday suicide bombings which killed 279 people.

Sri Lanka seeks $17 million from Greek ship owner over oil spill

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Friday lodged a claim for $17.38 million with the Greek owners of an oil tanker that caught fire and left a spill stretching 40 kilometres (25 miles) off the South Asian island.

Sri Lanka arrests 'Mrs World' over assault

Colombo - Colombo police on Thursday arrested the current "Mrs World" on charges of assault over an on-stage fracas in which she pulled the crown off the head of the new "Mrs Sri Lanka".

Sri Lanka Christians honour Easter victims, issue fresh warning

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Christians on Sunday honoured the 279 people killed in the 2019 Easter bombings as the island's top Catholic leader warned of street protests unless those responsible were prosecuted.Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith lit candles at the St.

Catholics call for Sri Lanka ex-leader to face prosecution over Easter bombings

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Catholic church called Monday for the former president and his officials to be prosecuted for failing to prevent the suicide bombings two years ago that killed 279 people.

Sri Lanka rejects UN move to protect war crimes evidence

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Tuesday rejected a UN move to preserve evidence of war crimes in the country and said the money allocated for the effort would be better spent on housing for the poor.

Sri Lanka says burqa ban is for national security

Colombo - The Sri Lankan government insisted Tuesday that preventing Muslim women from wearing a burqa or niqab was a national security move, as it faced protests over the decision.

Sri Lanka asks Amazon to remove bikinis and doormats featuring its flag

Colombo - Sri Lanka has asked retail giant Amazon to take down bikinis, briefs and doormats featuring the nation's lion flag from its site, authorities said Sunday, two days after it protested against the Chinese-made products.

Sri Lanka bristles over Chinese doormats featuring flag

Colombo - Sri Lanka has complained to Beijing over Chinese-made doormats featuring the island's national lion flag being sold through online retail giant Amazon, officials said Friday.

Sri Lanka allows burial of virus victims after protests

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Friday buried two Muslims who died of Covid-19, formally ending its policy of forced cremations that had sparked international outrage over the violation of Islamic funeral rites.

Sri Lanka ends forced cremations after Imran Khan's visit

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Friday ended forced cremations of people who have died of coronavirus, after visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged Colombo to respect the funeral rites of the island's minority Muslims.

Probe into Sri Lanka attacks finds ex-president should face charges

Colombo - Sri Lanka's ex-president and his intelligence chiefs should be prosecuted for failing to prevent suicide bombings two years ago on Easter Sunday that killed 279 people, according to an investigation released Tuesday.

Sri Lanka import ban takes the spice out of life

Colombo - An import ban in cash-strapped Sri Lanka is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of its curry lovers, depriving them of vital turmeric supplies and encouraging budding smugglers to take their chances with the spice.

Sri Lankan monks 'ordain' last legume

Colombo - Sri Lankan Buddhist monks Wednesday ordained the world's only known specimen of a species of local tree, in an attempt to stop it being axed to make way for a motorway.

UN rights chief seeks sanctions against Sri Lanka generals

Geneva - The UN human rights chief Wednesday called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Sri Lanka's Tamil separatist conflict and sanctions against top generals and others accused of war crimes.

UN rights chief seeks sanctions against Sri Lanka generals

Geneva - The UN human rights chief has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Sri Lanka's Tamil separatist conflict and sanctions on military officials accused of war crimes, according to a report obtained by AFP.

Sri Lanka sets visitor cap as it reopens for foreign tourists

Colombo - Sri Lanka will restrict daily visitor numbers to 2,500, authorities said on Thursday, as it cautiously opened its doors to foreign tourists again after a 10-month coronavirus shutdown.

Sri Lanka holy man's 'miracle' coronavirus potion turns sour

Colombo - A self-styled Sri Lankan holy man's supposed miracle potion to prevent Covid-19 turned sour Tuesday after a minister who publicly drank it was hospitalised with the virus.

Sri Lanka sticks to cremation of Muslim Covid-19 victims despite uproar

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government insisted Friday on the cremation of all coronavirus victims, rejecting international pleas and recommendations from its own experts to allow the Muslim minority to bury their dead in line with Islamic custom.

Sri Lanka welcomes first tourists despite new coronavirus strain

Colombo - Sri Lanka welcomed its first foreign tourists in nine months Monday even as a new deadlier strain of the coronavirus gripped the island.

Anger grows in Sri Lanka over forced Muslim virus cremations

Colombo - Outrage is mounting in Sri Lanka after at least 15 Muslim coronavirus victims, including a baby, were cremated against family wishes and in contravention of Islamic funeral rites.

Cyclone hits Sri Lanka as southern India hunkers down

Colombo - Cyclone Burevi hit Sri Lanka overnight, rattling the island nation but leaving it relatively unscathed on its way to southern India, officials said Thursday.

Second cyclone in a week threatens Sri Lanka, India

Colombo - Sri Lanka and southern India battened down the hatches for the second time in a week on Wednesday ahead of the scheduled arrival of another cyclone from the Bay of Bengal.

Sri Lanka frees prisoners after pandemic sparks deadly jail riot

Colombo - Sri Lanka freed hundreds of prisoners and said it would release thousands more after a riot sparked by anger over coronavirus cases at one of its many overcrowded jails left nine inmates dead and 113 wounded.

Eight shot dead in Sri Lanka prison coronavirus riot

Colombo - Sri Lankan prison guards shot dead eight inmates and wounded at least 71 others in a riot sparked by anger over rising coronavirus infections, officials said Monday.

Sri Lanka bans Tamil remembrance of war dead

Colombo - Commemorations for Tamil Tiger rebels killed in Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war were banned on Friday after court petitions by the government of strongman President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka rescues 120 whales after country's largest stranding

Colombo - Sri Lanka has saved some 120 pilot whales in a gruelling overnight rescue involving the navy, officials said Tuesday, after the island nation's biggest stranding.

Sri Lanka rescues 120 whales after mass stranding

Colombo - Sri Lanka's navy and volunteers rescued 120 pilot whales stranded in the country's biggest mass beaching, but at least two injured animals were found dead, officials said.

Sri Lanka returns illegal waste to Britain after court order

Colombo - Sri Lanka has started shipping 242 containers of hazardous waste, including body parts from mortuaries, back to Britain after a two year court battle by an environment watchdog, officials said Saturday.
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