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Easter attackers should be executed says Sri Lanka president

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president has demanded capital punishment for the "terrorists" responsible for the deadly Easter Sunday attacks just days after he blamed international drug dealers for the suicide bombings.

Drug gangs behind Sri Lanka Easter bombings, president claims

Colombo - International drug syndicates orchestrated Sri Lanka's deadly Easter Sunday bombings, the country's leader claimed Monday, despite earlier blaming the attacks on Islamists.

Sri Lanka court rejects Easter bomb murder charge against officials

Colombo - A Sri Lankan court Tuesday rejected prosecution demands that the country's police chief and a top defence official face murder charges for failing to prevent the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks.

Sri Lanka president vetoes military deal with the US

Colombo - Sri Lanka's President Saturday announced he will not allow his government to conclude a proposed military deal that would allow US troops free access to the island's ports.

Sri Lanka police chief arrested over Easter attacks failures

Colombo - Sri Lankan police arrested their top commander and a former defence chief Tuesday over alleged failures to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 258 people, spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

Police chief faces crimes against humanity charge over S.Lanka attacks

Colombo - Sri Lanka's police chief and a top defence official should be tried for "grave crimes against humanity" over failure to prevent Easter bombings that killed 258, the state prosecutor said Monday.

Sri Lanka president rebuffs UN chief over hangings

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president said Monday he had rejected a telephone appeal by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to reconsider his push to reintroduce the death penalty after 43 years.

Sri Lanka faces legal challenges in bid to resume hangings

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president is facing fresh legal challenges in his attempt to end a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and start executing drug convicts, officials said Sunday.

Sri Lanka president signs four death warrants to end moratorium

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president said Wednesday he has signed death warrants for four condemned drug offenders to become the first people to be executed on the island in decades "very soon".

Sri Lanka police overturn local council ban on Muslims

Colombo - Sri Lanka's police Tuesday stepped in to prevent a local council from banning Muslim traders from a weekly fair in another backlash from the devastating Easter attacks blamed on Islamic extremists.

Sri Lankans charged over traffic in baby elephants

Colombo - A senior Sri Lankan conservation official was among eight people charged Tuesday in a landmark case over the capture and sale to the wealthy of dozens of baby elephants as status symbols.

Sri Lanka policeman defies president to testify at attack probe

Colombo - A Sri Lankan police officer on Tuesday defied President Maithripala Sirisena and testified before a parliamentary investigation into the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed 258 people.

Sri Lanka 'super woman' cop guilty of child abuse

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court fined an award-winning woman police officer for illegally detaining and intimidating a teenage girl to frame a local politician for rape, officials said Friday.

Saudi Arabia extradites Sri Lankans linked to Easter attacks

Colombo - Five Sri Lankans wanted in connection with the Easter bombings that killed 258 people were arrested in Saudi Arabia and extradited Friday, police and Interpol said.

Sri Lanka law chief orders swift resolution of cold cases

Colombo - Sri Lanka's attorney-general ordered police Thursday to speed up investigations into several high-profile criminal cases, including the 2006 massacre of 17 French charity workers that remains unresolved.

Catholic church bombed in Sri Lanka attacks reopens

Colombo - Sri Lanka's bombed Catholic church was reconsecrated Wednesday with a prayer for a strong national leader to punish those responsible for the Easter attacks that killed 258 people.

Sri Lanka MPs defy president to resume Easter attack probe

Colombo - Sri Lanka's parliament Tuesday defied President Maithripala Sirisena and resumed investigations into security lapses surrounding the Easter suicide bombings that killed 258 people, officials said, as a political crisis in the country deepened.

India's Modi makes unscheduled stop at bombed Sri Lanka church

Colombo - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unexpected visit Sunday to a Colombo church bombed during the Easter suicide attacks on his first trip to neighbouring Sri Lanka since his election triumph.

Sri Lanka MPs clash with president over Easter attacks probe

Colombo - Sri Lanka's parliament warned President Maithripala Sirisena not to scuttle a controversial investigation into security lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, the Speaker's office said Sunday.

Sri Lanka president sacks intelligence chief over Easter attacks probe

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president has sacked the national intelligence chief and will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, officials said Saturday.

Sri Lanka to ban chainsaws, timber mills: president

Colombo - Sri Lanka will ban imports of chainsaws and shut timber mills within five years to protect forests, President Maithripala Sirisena's office said Friday.

Protests over Muslim politicians grip Sri Lankan city

Colombo - Demonstrations by several thousand people gripped Sri Lanka's pilgrim city of Kandy on Monday as Buddhist monks demanded the sacking of three top Muslim politicians over the Easter suicide bombings.

Police chief blames president for failing to prevent Sri Lanka attacks

Colombo - Sri Lanka's suspended police chief has petitioned the Supreme Court, accusing President Maithripala Sirisena of failing to prevent the Easter bombings that killed 258 people.

Sri Lanka detain nearly 100 in anti-Islamist swoops

Colombo - Sri Lanka's military has detained nearly 100 suspects during four days of search operations against remnants of an Islamist group blamed for the Easter attacks that killed 258, officials said Sunday.

Fake news rampant after Sri Lanka attacks despite social media ban

Colombo - Sri Lankan social networks saw a surge in fake news after the Easter suicide bombings a month ago despite an official social media blackout, highlighting the inability of governments to contain disinformation, experts said.

Sri Lanka DNA tests confirm Easter attacks ringleader was hotel bomber

Colombo - Sri Lanka's police Tuesday said DNA tests confirmed that the ringleader of the Easter attacks, Zahran Hashim, was one of the suicide bombers who blew himself up at the Shangri-La hotel.

'Mother of Satan' bombs show foreign hand in Sri Lanka bombings: investigators

Colombo - One month after the Sri Lanka suicide attacks that killed more than 250 people, investigators have told AFP the bombers used "Mother of Satan" explosives favoured by the Islamic State group that are a new sign of foreign involvement.

Safe for Catholic schools to reopen: Sri Lanka army

Colombo - Sri Lanka has tightened security ahead of the reopening Tuesday of some Catholic schools for the first time since the Easter bombings that killed 258 people, the army chief said.

Sri Lanka president vows to eliminate jihadist threat

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president marked the 10th anniversary of the end of a protracted war with Tamil rebels Sunday by vowing to crush Islamist militants responsible for Easter bombings that killed 258 people.

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.
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