Sri Lanka

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.

SL troops dig through mud in search for missing

2016-05-19 17:48

Sri Lankan troops are digging through tons of mud to search for more than 100 people reported missing after landslides buried two villages, claiming at least 24 lives.

Many families missing after Sri Lanka landslides

2016-05-18 21:53

Massive landslides triggered by torrential rains have buried homes in three villages in central Sri Lanka.

200 families feared buried by mudslides in Sri Lanka

2016-05-18 10:58

The Sri Lankan Red Cross says torrential rains have sent landslides cascading over three villages in Sri Lanka, and at least 200 families are feared buried under the mud.

Lawmakers hurt in fisticuffs inside Sri Lanka parly

2016-05-03 20:28

Several lawmakers have been injured in fisticuffs inside Sri Lanka's parliament after a protest over the removal of military security for former President Mahinda Rajapakasa.

Sri Lanka calls in troops to battle gangs

2016-03-07 05:19

Sri Lanka's president has announced plans to have the military join a crackdown targeting criminal gangs in the capital as police re-introduced war-time road blocks following a surge in gang-related shootings.

Sri Lanka's Tamil leaders call for UN help

2016-02-08 05:35

Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil leaders have asked the top UN human rights official to help determine the fate of more than 4 000 civilians reported missing.

Sri Lanka setting up war-crimes court

2015-09-17 18:36

Sri Lanka has agreed to have a special court under a domestic mechanism investigate alleged war crimes committed during the country's 26-year civil war.

US warns Sri Lanka that Tamil re-conciliation will take time

2015-08-25 14:38

The US has warned Sri Lanka that re-conciliation with ethnic Tamils after the island's separatist war will not be easy, as it praised the new reformist government elected last week.

Sri Lanka to harness wasted rainwater for crops, power

2015-07-23 14:25

Sri Lanka plans to store and use a billion cubic metres of rainwater per year, which would otherwise drain into the sea, in an ambitious effort to boost irrigation and power production.


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.

Terror of Sri Lankan landslides: 'All I could do was scream'

2016-05-19 13:28

Heavy rains Thursday continued to pound the central Sri Lankan region where at least three villages have already been swallowed by mountains of mud, forcing army soldiers and police to suspend rescue work

Rescue workers continue search for buried bodies in Sri Lanka floods

2016-05-18 12:14

Rescue workers have recovered 17 bodies buried in mudslides caused by heavy rains in central Sri Lanka, raising the death toll due to bad weather to 36.

Australia turns back three asylum-seeker boats

2016-05-09 09:40

Australia has intercepted three asylum-seeker boats so far this year, including one carrying women and children from Sri Lanka, the country's immigration minister reveals.

Sri Lanka arrests Buddhist monk for keeping elephant

2016-03-10 06:30

Sri Lanka's police have arrested a high-profile monk for keeping an illegally captured baby elephant, in violation of strict laws protecting the animal in the mainly Buddhist nation.

Anger over Sri Lanka's elephant gift to New Zealand PM

2016-02-24 14:44

Sri Lanka gave visiting New Zealand Prime Minister John Key a baby elephant, sparking anger from animal rights activists who say it was cruel to separate her from her family.

Sri Lanka destroys giant illegal ivory haul

2016-01-26 16:04

Sri Lanka's government has destroyed its biggest ever illegal ivory haul in the first public crushing of poached tusks in South Asia.

Sri Lanka plans SA-style commission for war crimes

2015-09-14 16:59

Sri Lanka's new government says it is setting up a South Africa-style truth and reconciliation commission to look into atrocities during its long civil war.

Saudi executes 3 Sri Lankans, Egyptian

2015-08-17 14:37

Saudi Arabia has executed three Sri Lankans found guilty of robbing and killing a citizen as well as an Egyptian convicted of murder in a separate case, the interior ministry says.

Sri Lanka: EU fish ban causes $75m loss

2015-07-22 16:13

Sri Lanka has suffered a revenue loss of $75m because of a European Union ban on fish caught by Sri Lanka-flagged vessels since January, a government spokesperson says.

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