Sri Lanka

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.

Sri Lanka bans phones in safari park

2015-07-13 22:02

Sri Lanka's largest safari park banned the use of cell phones to stop leopards and other wildlife being killed by speeding vehicles which have been tipped off.

Sri Lanka polls timed ahead of UN war crimes report

2015-07-06 11:21

Sri Lanka's August elections have been timed to stop a comeback by war-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who remarkably may see his popularity rise in coming months if criticised for war crimes in a UN report, sources say.

Rain delays final session of Colombo Test

2015-06-28 13:32

Sri Lanka require 153 runs for a series-levelling victory with Pakistan in their Test being played in Colombo, but heavy rain has washed out the final session.

Sri Lanka in control in Test against Pakistan

2015-06-26 18:27

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and Kaushal Silva have both scored half-centuries to push their country to 304-9 at stumps in the second Test against Pakistan.


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.

Pakistan in strong position to win Test

2015-07-06 19:49

Younis Khan and Shan Masood have smashed unbeaten centuries to keep Pakistan in contention for a record Test win against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka seizes endangered tortoises

2015-07-03 21:39

Sri Lankan customs have seized its biggest haul of star tortoises and arrested a local man who was trying to smuggle the endangered reptiles to Malaysia, an official says.

Sri Lankan leader dissolves Parliament, calls August polls

2015-06-27 15:41

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved the Parliament loyal to his predecessor and called fresh elections in August in an attempt to consolidate power and carry out his promise of reforms.

Civilian massacre: Sri Lankan soldier to be hanged

2015-06-25 20:31

A Sri Lankan court has handed the death sentence to a soldier convicted of slitting the throats of eight Tamil civilians, including four children, during the island's separatist war.

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