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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.

1000s flee Sri Lanka ammunition depot blasts

2016-06-05 22:50

Powerful explosions have continued to ripple through a military ammunition depot on the edge of Sri Lanka's capital, as firefighters battled huge blazes six hours after the initial blasts that have forced thousands to flee.

73 dead, scores missing in weeklong Sri Lanka storms

2016-05-21 18:24

Sri Lanka's government has raised the death toll from landslides and heavy flooding around the island nation to 73, as soldiers continue searching for scores of people missing since deadly landslides struck hill country several days ago.

 

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.

Fire triggers blasts at Sri Lankan army camp, killing 1

2016-06-06 16:03

A fire erupted at a Sri Lankan army camp and spread to an ammunitions depot, triggering explosions and killing a soldier before being brought under control.

Sri Lanka gives up hope for 100 lost in landslide

2016-06-02 19:02

Sri Lanka has given up searching for some 100 people believed to have been buried under the earth in a massive landslide last month.

500 000 flee homes amid Sri Lanka flood misery

2016-05-20 16:03

Desperate Sri Lankans have clambered onto rubber dinghies and makeshift rafts to escape monster floods in the capital Colombo, as officials said 500 000 people had fled their homes across the island.

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