Sri Lanka

Honeymooner survives dramatic cliff fall

2015-02-21 18:13

Sri Lankan troops have rescued a Dutch honeymooner who became the first person to survive a fall from the World's End, a 1 200-metre cliff which is a major tourist attraction.

EU blacklists Sri Lanka over illegal fishing

2015-01-26 19:28

The European Union has blacklisted Sri Lanka for failing to combat illegal fishing, officially banning imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka-flagged vessels into the EU.

Sri Lanka reviews China projects

2015-01-18 13:15

Sri Lanka's new government will review Chinese projects awarded under the previous administration, a move bound to please Indian and Western powers.

Huge crowds greet pope on Sri Lankan seafront

2015-01-14 10:07

Hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans have crowded the Colombo seafront as Pope Francis canonised the island's first saint in one of the biggest public gatherings the city has ever witnessed.

Pope calls for truth over Sri Lanka's violent past

2015-01-13 10:21

Pope Francis called on Sri Lanka to uncover the truth of what happened during its bloody civil war as part of a healing process between religious communities, as he arrived 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.

Sri Lankan leader promises reforms to presidency

2014-12-23 16:48

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has promised to reform his country's powerful presidency as part of a new constitution that he intends to introduce if he is elected to office for a third term.

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.


India nuclear pact aimed at pushing back Chinese

2015-02-16 14:15

India has sealed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years.

China hopes for Sri Lanka co-operation

2015-01-19 14:00

China says it hopes for continued "co-operation" with Sri Lanka despite a pledge by the new government in Colombo to review Chinese infrastructure projects.

Sri Lanka releases almost 600 prisoners to mark pope visit

2015-01-14 19:02

Sri Lanka has released nearly 600 prisoners and reduced jail terms for others to mark Pope Francis' visit and his proclamation of the country's first saint.

'Exhausted' pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

2015-01-13 16:18

Pope Francis has cancelled a planned meeting with Sri Lankan bishops, with one security official saying he was ‘exhausted’ after a long journey from the airport exposed to the hot sun.

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.

7 killed in landslides in Sri Lanka

2014-12-26 14:02

At least seven people have been killed by landslides in Sri Lanka, as the number displaced by the week's flooding exceeded 800 000, an official says.

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.

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