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Sri Lanka marks war anniversary with thousands still missing

Kilinochchi - Still reeling from the Easter terror attacks, Sri Lanka commemorates this weekend 10 years since the end of a bloody civil war that killed at least 100,000 people, from which the scars are still not healed.

Sri Lanka Muslims pray at vandalised mosques

Colombo - Sri Lanka's minority Muslims attended Friday prayers as heavily armed troops and police guarded all mosques, including those badly vandalised in riots in the wake of the Easter terror attacks.

Sri Lanka forces on patrol after anti-Muslim riots

Colombo - Troops and police patrolled parts of Sri Lanka on Thursday as international pressure mounted on Colombo to contain anti-Muslim riots that killed one man in a backlash against the Easter terror attacks.

Alarm over Sri Lanka reinstating major accused of journalist murder

Colombo - An international rights group Thursday expressed alarm over the Sri Lanka army's decision to reinstate an intelligence officer accused of high-profile attacks against journalists, including the assassination of a senior editor.

Arrests, new curfews in Sri Lanka after anti-Muslim riots

Colombo - Sri Lanka's police arrested over 100 suspects and reimposed night curfews in violence-prone areas Wednesday after anti-Muslim riots left one man dead and caused extensive damage to homes, businesses and mosques.

Sri Lanka situation 'under control' after anti-Muslim riots

Colombo - Sri Lankan authorities said Wednesday they had the situation "under control" after mosques and Muslim-owned shops and businesses were targetted in a violent backlash after the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

Escalating Sri Lankan anti-Muslim riots claim first life

Minuwangoda - Sri Lanka announced Tuesday a curfew for a second straight night after a man was killed by sword-wielding rioters in an escalating anti-Muslim backlash following the Easter terror attacks.

Sri Lanka province under curfew after first riot death

Colombo - A Sri Lankan province north of the capital was under indefinite curfew Tuesday after the first death in anti-Muslim riots in the wake of the Easter terror attacks, police said.

Sri Lanka's anti-Muslim riots claim first death

Colombo - A Muslim man was slashed to death in Sri Lanka Monday, police said after imposing a nationwide curfew to contain a violent new backlash against Easter suicide bombings.

Sri Lanka under curfew after anti-Muslim riots

Colombo - Sri Lanka imposed a nationwide night curfew Monday, after anti-Muslim riots spread to three districts just north of the capital in a violent new backlash against the Easter suicide bombings.

Sri Lanka blocks social media after anti-Muslim riots

Colombo - Sri Lanka blocked Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media platforms on Monday after anti-Muslim riots hit several towns in the latest fallout from the Easter Sunday suicide attacks.

Sri Lanka Catholics hold first Sunday mass after Easter attacks

Colombo - Thousands of Catholics attended mass in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo Sunday amid tight security to prevent a repeat of Easter bomb attacks that killed 258 people.Soldiers armed with automatic assault rifles guarded St.

Sri Lanka probes British bride's honeymoon death

Colombo - The husband of a British bride who died on her honeymoon in Sri Lanka will be kept in the country at least until a formal hearing on the death is held on Wednesday, police said.

Sri Lanka slaps controls on mosques after jihad attacks

Colombo - The Sri Lankan government on Friday ordered mosques to clamp down on extremists and to submit copies of sermons in new fallout from the Easter suicide bombings that left 258 dead.

Sri Lanka says jihadi threat persists despite arrests

Colombo - Sri Lankan authorities have arrested or killed all the jihadists responsible for Easter suicide bombings, but the island still faces the threat of "global terrorism," the prime minister said Tuesday.

Christian-Muslim clashes rock Easter attacks town in Sri Lanka

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church appealed for calm and an alcohol ban Monday after clashes between Christians and Muslims in a town scarred by the Easter suicide attacks.

Curfew in Sri Lanka city as religious tensions rise

Colombo - Sri Lanka clamped curfews at a city outside the capital Sunday to contain religious tensions as the authorities prepared to reopen schools after Easter bombings that killed 257 people.

Sri Lanka town under curfew after religous violence

Colombo - A city near Sri Lanka's capital was placed under curfew by police Sunday, following clashes between Muslim and Christian mobs two weeks after suicide bombings left 257 people dead.

Sri Lanka Catholics say lonely prayers as churches close for second week

Negombo - Father Suranga Warnakulasuriya said prayers alone in his church Sunday, as Catholic services were suspended across Sri Lanka for the second straight week since the Easter suicide attacks.

The macabre puzzle of piecing together victims at Sri Lanka morgue

Colombo - The nauseating smell of death that infested the streets around Colombo's morgue after Sri Lanka's devastating Easter attacks has finally dispersed.

More Sri Lanka attacks feared as Muslims condemn Easter bombs

Colombo - Sri Lanka bolstered security Friday with fears of attacks against bridges in the capital as the prime minister vowed to hunt down any remaining Islamic State extremists behind the deadly Easter bombings.

Sri Lanka attack mastermind used chatrooms to sway suicide bombers

Colombo - While Sri Lanka Easter suicide attacks mastermind Zahran Hashim used social media to publicly call for the death of non-Muslims, he worked for months in private chatrooms to persuade six young men to sacrifice themselves, Muslim community leaders say.

More attacks feared in Sri Lankan capital, police say

Colombo - Islamist extremists in Sri Lanka are believed to be planning attacks on bridges in Colombo, authorities said, as they warned several conspirators in the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 257 people still at large.

Sri Lanka blasts show Asia is fertile ground for IS ideology

Kuala Lumpur - The Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate" may have collapsed in the Middle East but Asia provides fertile territory for a resurrection, analysts say, as last month's bloody Easter Sunday suicide attacks in Sri Lanka have shown.

Sri Lanka mass cancelled over fresh attack fears

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Catholic Church scrapped plans to resume Sunday services following a "specific threat" against two religious locations after the deadly Easter attacks.

Sri Lanka steps up security for low-key May day

Colombo - Sri Lanka stepped up security Wednesday as political parties staged low-key May Day commemorations after calling off scheduled rallies following fears of Islamist bomb attacks.

Sri Lanka Muslim women uncover out of fear

Colombo - Religious tensions and a government ban on covering the face since the Easter Sunday suicide attacks have forced conservative Muslim women in Sri Lanka to shun veils, head scarves and long robes in public.

Sri Lanka Catholics to resume mass two weeks after attacks

Colombo - Catholic masses in Sri Lanka will resume Sunday under tight security, two weeks after Easter bombings killed 253 people at three churches and three luxury hotels, the country's top cardinal said.

Follower of Sri Lanka bomber sought India attack: police

New Delhi - An alleged follower of Sri Lankan bombing leader Zahran Hashim is to appear in a southern Indian court Tuesday after admitting he wanted to carry out an attack in India's Kerala, investigators said.

Neighbours struggle with Sri Lanka bombers' road to radicalism

Colombo - The two brothers zoomed around the Sri Lankan capital in flashy cars and pursued thriving careers, now their neighbours are struggling to understand how the pair turned to radical Islam and became suicide bombers.
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