Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka offers fresh probes into missing thousands

2017-05-21 15:04

Sri Lanka's president has announced new investigations into alleged secret detention centres to find tens of thousands of people still missing after the decades-long war.

Hundreds moved after deadly Sri Lanka dump collapse

2017-04-17 20:09

Sri Lanka has moved over 400 families to temporary shelters after tonnes of rotting garbage collapsed onto a slum on Friday, killing at least 29 people.

Sri Lanka garbage mountain buries 40 homes

2017-04-14 21:50

At least two people have died and 10 others have been injured in Sri Lanka's capital after a massive rubbish dump buried an estimated 40 homes during the traditional new year.

10 dead after boat capsizes off Sri Lanka's coast

2017-02-19 18:56

Sri Lankan police say at least 10 people were killed and seven others rescued after the boat they were traveling in capsized off the country's southwestern coast.

Sri Lanka arrest astrologer who predicted president's death

2017-02-01 13:22

Sri Lanka police have arrested an astrologer who predicted President Maithripala Sirisena would die.

Sri Lanka wants Trump's help on war crime charges

2016-11-30 06:46

Sri Lanka's leader is seeking the support of US president-elect Donald Trump to free Sri Lankan troops from war crime allegations from the country's decades-long civil war.

Sri Lanka to sell white elephants

2016-10-27 20:31

Sri Lanka says it will reduce its foreign debt by $1bn by selling off former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse's vanity projects.

Protesters descend on UN as Ban Ki-moon visits Sri Lanka

2016-09-01 14:28

Dozens of Sri Lankan nationalists have rallied outside the UN compound in Colombo as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the island, protesting against the UN's actions during a prolonged civil war.

Drunk pilot stopped from taking off with 274 people on board

2016-08-21 17:01

Sri Lanka's national carrier has suspended a captain who failed a breathalyser test just before he was due to fly 274 passengers and crew from Frankfurt to Colombo.

Sudden death of disgraced top judge under investigation

2016-08-15 18:14

Sri Lankan police have opened an investigation into the sudden death of a top judge who became the first Supreme Court justice to face prosecution for sexually assaulting several women.


Sri Lanka seizes 200kg of heroin in massive raid

2017-05-11 17:28

Sri Lankan police make one of its biggest heroin hauls in years, days after unidentified gunmen shot dead an anti-narcotics agent near Colombo.

16 killed as mountain of garbage collapses in Sri Lanka

2017-04-15 18:45

At least 16 people have been killed and more than 600 others fled their homes after a massive mound of garbage collapsed on part of a poor neighbourhood near Sri Lanka's capital during festivities to mark the local new year.

Sri Lanka prison bus shooting kills seven

2017-02-27 13:42

Attackers opened fire on a prison bus outside Colombo on Monday, killing five prisoners and two armed guards in the worst gang-related violence to hit Sri Lanka in decades.

3 Sri Lanka soldiers arrested for abducting journalist

2017-02-18 13:01

A spokesperson says Sri Lanka police have arrested an army officer and two soldiers over the abduction and assault on a prominent journalist.

Sri Lanka seizes biggest ever cocaine haul

2016-12-10 10:04

Sri Lanka has seized its biggest ever haul of cocaine and began investigations with the help of drug enforcement agencies in Ecuador, India and Saudi Arabia, police.

Sri Lanka bans use of young elephants for work

2016-11-23 21:15

Sri Lanka has unveiled tougher laws including a ban on using young elephants for logging and other physical work, as part of a crackdown on cruelty to domesticated wild animals.

WHO certifies Sri Lanka a malaria-free nation

2016-09-05 21:03

The World Health Organization has certified Sri Lanka as a malaria-free nation, in what it called a "truly remarkable" achievement.

Sri Lanka arrests teen for hacking President's website

2016-08-29 22:50

Sri Lanka's police has arrested a 17-year-old teenager for hacking into President Maithripala Sirisena's official website and posting a message calling for the postponement of A-level examinations.

Four elephants killed by Sri Lankan train

2016-08-17 14:51

A passenger train hit and killed an elephant and three calves in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday, the latest deadly accident involving the venerated animals.

Sri Lanka seeks spiritual help to reduce accidents

2016-08-08 20:26

Sri Lanka's police have sought spiritual help from Buddhist clergy to bless an accident-prone highway in a country that has some of the world's most dangerous roads.

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