Sri Lanka

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.

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.


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.

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.

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