Sri Lanka

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.

Sri Lanka calls off search for bodies at landslide site

2014-11-10 10:17

Sri Lanka has called off search operations for the bodies of those killed in a landslide in the central part of the country, minister of disaster management Mahinda Amaraweera says.

Rains slow Sri Lankan landslide search

2014-10-31 22:26

Heavy rains are hampering search operations at the site of a landslide in Sri Lanka where more than 100 people have been buried under tons of mud and rubble.

No hope of finding mudslide survivors in Sri Lanka

2014-10-30 11:24

There is no hope of finding survivors after a mudslide tore through a tea plantation, a Sri Lankan disaster official says, amid widely conflicting reports about how many people had been buried alive.

10 dead, 250 missing in Sri Lanka mudslide

2014-10-29 16:37

A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing.

Bad weather strands 150 Sri Lankans in Myanmar sea

2014-10-07 15:55

A Sri Lankan official says at least 150 fishermen have drifted into the Myanmar sea because of bad weather and remain stranded.

How to greet people when travelling abroad

2014-08-20 15:54

Travelling to a different country soon, but not quite sure how to say ‘howzit’ to potential new foreign friends? Here’s your guide.

Ramaphosa concludes Sri Lanka visit

2014-07-08 20:40

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his working visit to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankans win temporary reprieve from Australia

2014-07-08 15:37

Australia's government has promised not to hand over a group of asylum seekers to the Sri Lankan government without three days' notice amid a court challenge.

Ramaphosa in Sri Lanka for power sharing talks

2014-07-07 18:05

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Sri Lanka in an apparent bid to broker the resumption of power sharing talks between the government and ethnic Tamil leaders.

Australia returns asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

2014-07-07 07:40

Australia's government has confirmed it handed over a boatload of asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities in a transfer at sea.

Sri Lanka police face media flak

2014-06-22 12:00

Sri Lanka's media have shown rare unity in condemning police for their failure to control anti-Muslim Buddhist extremists as religious tensions grow in the island's south.

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 war anniversary reopens trauma

2014-05-16 09:43

Sri Lanka's government has planned military parades to celebrate five years since its civil war victory, but the event will go unmarked in one village, where many are too scared to speak of what happened.

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 police free 2 rights activists

2014-03-19 14:03

Sri Lankan police say they have released two prominent human rights activists whose arrest drew international criticism.

Bodies in Sri Lanka mass grave top 80

2014-02-25 13:12

Forensic experts have found more bodies in an unmarked mass grave in Sri Lanka's northern former war zone, taking the total number to 80, an official says.

Indian PM against freeing Gandhi killers

2014-02-20 15:04

India's government has asked the Supreme Court to stop the state of Tamil Nadu from releasing seven prisoners serving life for the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.


19 candidates in race for Sri Lankan presidency

2014-12-08 16:59

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his former health minister are among 19 people to hand in nominations to contest the island’s presidential election next month.

Sri Lanka slams UN over war probe criticism

2014-11-08 13:24

Sri Lanka's government has accused the United Nations' rights chief of vilifying Colombo after the government was slammed for sabotaging a UN-mandated investigation into the country's brutal separatist war.

Sniffer dogs join search in Sri Lanka mudslide

2014-10-31 10:50

Sniffer dogs have been brought in to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.

Chaos as 100s feared dead in Sri Lanka mudslide

2014-10-30 08:26

A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka has raised fears that hundreds may have been killed, with government officials reporting different figures.

150 feared buried in Sri Lanka tea estate mudslide

2014-10-29 09:41

A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains has buried scores of workers’ houses at a tea estate in central Sri Lanka, killing at least three people and causing fears that 150 others are missing, officials say.

Sri Lankan murder accused held in New Zealand

2014-08-26 14:49

A Sri Lankan national accused of murdering his ex-wife in Switzerland 14 years ago has appeared in a New Zealand court after allegedly spending more than a decade on the run.

Rare Sri Lankan leopards born in French zoo

2014-07-30 15:09

Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a zoo in northern France, a boost for a sub-species that numbers only about 700 in the wild, the head of the facility saY.

Sri Lanka migrants angry with Australia

2014-07-08 15:37

Sri Lankan migrants aboard a boat that was controversially turned back mid-sea by Australia claim they were abused and given little food and water.

Sri Lanka to charge returning asylum-seekers

2014-07-07 21:23

Sri Lankan authorities plan to charge a group of asylum-seekers with attempting to leave the country illegally after they were returned by Australia.

Australia returns asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

2014-07-07 16:55

Australia has returned asylum seekers to Sri Lanka in an at-sea transfer, raising rights abuse fears and refoulement.

Ramaphosa heads to Sri Lanka

2014-07-07 05:23

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his working visit to France and will travel to Sri Lanka, the presidency says.

Another asylum-seeker sets himself on fire in Aus

2014-06-22 12:00

Australia's immigration minister has described an incident in which an asylum-seeker set himself on fire as "distressing".

Asylum-seeker sets himself on fire in Australia

2014-06-02 08:10

A Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seeker has died after setting himself on fire while awaiting a visa decision in Australia, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says.

Sri Lanka arrests Australia-bound boat people

2014-05-03 07:26

Sri Lanka's navy has arrested 54 would-be illegal immigrants in the first major detection of boat people heading to Australia this year.

UK tourist deported over Buddha tattoo

2014-04-22 08:01

Sri Lanka has detained a female British tourist for having a Buddha tattoo on her right arm and ordered her deportation, police say.

US concerned over Sri Lanka's activists

2014-03-22 09:39

The US has expressed concern over intensifying pressure on Sri Lanka’s civil society and human rights activists, and is urging the government to ensure fundamental freedoms.

Hangman recruit quits after seeing gallows

2014-03-11 19:20

Sri Lanka is searching for a new hangman after the latest recruit got upset after seeing the gallows for the first time and quit, officials have said.

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.

Mass grave fuels fear of 1000s buried in Sri Lanka

2014-01-17 14:55

The discovery of a mass grave containing more than 30 skulls in northern Sri Lanka has fuelled speculation that there may be many more like it.

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