Narendra Modi to visit Sri Lanka's Tamil heartland

2015-03-11 14:10

Narendra Modi will become the first Indian leader to visit Sri Lanka's war-torn Tamil heartland, sending a powerful message on reconciliation to the new government in Colombo.

Muslim party ditches Sri Lanka president

2014-12-28 13:09

Sri Lanka's main Muslim party has quit the government and pledged support to the opposition in a move seen as the biggest setback yet to President Mahinda Rajapakse's re-election bid.

Deadly riots flare in Sri Lanka resort

2014-06-17 08:33

More deadly violence has flared in a Sri Lankan coastal resort where Buddhist hardliners set shops and homes alight for a second night in defiance of a curfew, police and residents say.

Sri Lanka slams UN rights chief

2014-02-25 09:00

Sri Lanka has accused the UN rights chief of "unwarranted interference" for a probe into allegations that government forces killed thousands of civilians during the Tamil civil war.

UK PM to make landmark visit to Sri Lanka

2013-10-25 13:51

David Cameron will become the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka's war-torn Tamil heartland during next month's Commonwealth summit when he will press Colombo on human rights.

Ex-chief justice fears for her life

2013-01-15 19:55

Sri Lanka's sacked Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake says she fears for her life and has been forced to quit her official residence because of the threat of violence.

UK media shows footage of Sri Lanka massacre

2010-12-01 13:19

New footage of an apparent massacre by Sri Lankan troops during the island's civil war has been broadcast by British media, alleging at that least seven women were killed.

Lawmaker ends 'death fast'

2010-07-10 19:38

A Sri Lankan lawmaker has ended a "death fast" outside the main UN compound in Colombo after failing to get the world body to disband a panel probing alleged war crimes in the country.

S Lanka political writer missing

2010-03-11 17:06

Six weeks ago Sri Lankan political writer and cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda went missing, and his fate has raised further concerns about the island's culture of violence against the media.

Sri Lanka on edge after vote

2010-01-27 09:03

Incumbent Mahinda Rajapakse has taken a strong lead in early results from Tuesday's election, as armed troops surrounded the hotel of his main rival.


Sri Lanka presidential challenger says victory in sight

2015-01-08 08:08

The main challenger for the Sri Lankan presidency said victory was in sight and promised a new political culture as he cast his vote.

Sri Lanka leader asks Tamils to forget the past

2014-12-18 13:53

Sri Lanka's president asked minority Tamils to 'forget the past' as he campaigned for re-election, vowing not to allow another uprising after decades of ethnic war.

S Lanka frees India fishermen, rejects UN censure

2014-03-28 10:57

Sri Lanka's president has ordered the release of Indian fishermen detained for poaching after New Delhi surprisingly refused to back a US-led censure motion against Colombo at the UN.

Sri Lankan president to defend war crimes claims

2013-11-14 11:28

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has stated that he was ready to defend his country against allegations of war crimes at this week's Commonwealth summit.

Deployment report causes upset

2013-02-05 14:03

Sri Lanka says it had rejected a US request to send troops to Afghanistan but retracted the claim within hours, triggering angry responses on social media about the government's credibility.

Sri Lanka: War crimes case hilarious

2011-10-25 16:53

The office of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse says a new crimes charge filed in an Australian court against his is "hilarious".

Sri Lanka appeals death-row maid

2010-10-26 12:03

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has appealed for the king of Saudi Arabia to spare the life of a Sri Lankan housemaid convicted of killing an infant.

Ruling party wins huge majority

2010-04-21 19:06

Sri Lanka's ruling party has won a huge majority, falling just short of a two-thirds majority in the island's parliamentary elections.

Sri Lanka president wins election

2010-01-27 13:00

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has won a bitterly fought re-election, as troops ringed the hotel of his main rival.

Blasts shadow Sri Lankan poll

2010-01-26 08:50

Bomb blasts in Sri Lanka have escalated tensions as the country went to the polls in the first presidential election since the end of its 37-year civil war.

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