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Bombed Catholic church in Sri Lanka attacks reopens

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith leads reconsecration of newly restored St Anthony's and says there were doubts whether the island could pull itself out of crisis after the coordinated suicide bombings on April 21

REOPENS. File photo of Sri Lankan navy personnel carry on repair works on the facade of St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on May 2, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Police chief blames president for failing to prevent Sri Lanka attacks

Jun 02, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara cites 'serious communication gaps' between intelligence agencies and security arms of the government, all which fall under Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena

TRAGEDY. Sri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion in St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of the capital Colombo, on April 21, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Sri Lanka names Easter suicide bombers

May 01, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera confirms that two of the luxury hotels were bombed by two brothers from a wealthy Colombo family involved in spice exports

STANDING GUARD. Security personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Sri Lanka Catholics to resume mass 2 weeks after attacks

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:08 PM

'But we will start with a smaller number of masses and see if we can slowly increase it depending on how the situation develops,' says Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

Silent streets after dozens of children killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:56 PM

'These streets are usually full of children playing,' says Suraj Fernando, whose own 12-year-old grandson Enosh was among those killed. 'Now everybody is inside because they are sad and scared.'

Ranjeewa Silva 46, father of St Sebastian's Church suicide blast victim Enosh Silva, 12, cries next to Enosh's portrait at his house, in Negombo on April 24, 2019. The streets of Sri Lanka's Katuwapitiya should be full of the sound of children's games. But after deadly Easter attacks that killed at least 45 children, they have fallen silent.  LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP

Police arrest 13 for Sri Lanka blasts

Apr 22, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Reports say 13 men from the same radical group were arrested for the 8 attacks on Easter Sunday

BOMBINGS. Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachichi/AFP

Easter blasts at Sri Lanka churches, hotels kill at least 207

Apr 21, 2019 - 1:40 PM

(7th UPDATE) Documents show that Sri Lanka's police chief issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit 'prominent churches'

BOMBING. Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Fuel shortage grips Sri Lanka

Nov 06, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The petroleum minister says, 'I apologize to consumers for this inconvenience, but we rejected the last shipment because we didn't want to give substandard product to our motorists'

SHORTAGE. This file photo taken on July 25, 2017 shows Sri Lankan autorickshaw drivers waiting to buy petrol in Colombo. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

John Colombo, bos Uber yang ingin Indonesia dikenal karena buku

May 18, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Pimpinan Uber Indonesia ini menjadi penerjemah dan penyunting terjemahan buku buku karangan Andrea Hirata

Sri Lanka garbage dump toll death rises to 19

Apr 15, 2017 - 12:58 PM

4th UPDATE More than 600 people are given temporary shelter at a government run school in the area as authorities look for alternative accommodation for those living near the dump

Sri Lanka prison bus shooting kills 7 – police

Feb 27, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The prisoners were being driven to court for a hearing when the audacious daytime attack took place police say

Sri Lanka says 100 missing in landslides are dead

May 28, 2016 - 2:59 PM

The Disaster Management Center says 67 bodies had been recovered from the worst hit central district

RESCUE OPERATIONS. Sri Lankan armed forces personnel conduct rescue operations in the area of a landslide which buried a village at Aranayake, Kegalla, Sri Lanka, 19 May 2016. Photo by Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Sri Lanka appeals for up to $2B in foreign flood aid

May 25, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The Sri Lankan government seeks grants and loans as well as experts on urban planning who can help prevent disasters

epa05319747 Vehicles and homes inundated by the flood waters at Wellampitiya in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 20 May 2016. According to Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center (DMC), 20 people have been confirmed dead in the landslides in the Kegalle district and 17 others have been killed in other parts of the country due to floods and electrocution. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

500,000 flee homes as Sri Lanka flood misery worsens

May 20, 2016 - 8:33 PM

Desperate Sri Lankans clamber onto rubber dinghies and makeshift rafts to escape monster floods in the capital Colombo as officials say half a million people had fled their homes across the island

RESCUE. A member of a Sri Lankan Army rescue team carries an elderly woman to safety through floodwaters in the suburb of Kaduwela in capital Colombo on May 17, 2016. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFP

Sri Lanka detains 14 foreigners over $7.5-M drug bust

Apr 03, 2016 - 4:36 PM

Authorities seized 10 kilograms of heroin worth millions from an Iranian fishing trawler

Sri Lanka calls in troops to battle gangs

Mar 06, 2016 - 2:06 PM

UPDATED The military are joining the police who have revived war time measures in a bid to stop gangs

Singapore Airlines adds flights, launches new destination

Jan 06, 2016 - 3:07 PM

SIA increases flight frequencies to Bangkok Colombo Milan Rome Sydney Ahmedabad Mumbai and adds Düsseldorf to its network

ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS. An Airbus A330-300 aircraft will be operated from Singapore to Bangkok, adding nearly 2,000 seats per week on the route. Photo from Singapore Airlines website

Sri Lanka promises 'due attention' to UN war crimes report

Sep 16, 2015 - 9:44 PM

However Colombo did not say whether it would allow international experts to assist its domestic investigation

Australia’s best undergraduate students to study in PH

Apr 21, 2015 - 3:04 PM

A prestigious education program aims to increase understanding of Australia’s neighbors in the Indo Pacific region by supporting Australia’s best undergraduate students to study and undertake internships

(From left) Ambassador Bill Tweddell, New Colombo Plan Philippines Fellow Emily Pritchard, Hon Willem Westra van Holthe, Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory of Australia, and Commissioner Alex Brillantes, Jr of the Commission on Higher Education attend the New Colombo Plan launch. Photo from the Australian Embassy.

Pope to Sri Lanka religious leaders: Work together

Jan 13, 2015 - 10:51 PM

What is needed now is healing and unity not further conflict and division Pope Francis tells Buddhist Hindu and Muslim leaders as he calls for cooperation in post war Sri Lanka

Pope Francis, Buddhist monk Ittapane Dhammalankara (left) and Hindu Kurukkal SivaSri T. Mahadeva (right) during an interreligious meeting at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13 January 2015. Handout photo from Osservatore Romano Press Office/EPA

'Exhausted' pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

Jan 13, 2015 - 6:36 PM

A source working on security arrangements tells Agence France Presse Pope Francis looked exhausted after journeying to Sri Lanka and to the city

HEAT, FATIGUE? Wind blows Pope Francis' mantle as he delivers his speech at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake on January 13, 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka on January 13. The pontiff later cancelled a meeting with bishops after taking over an hour to travel into the city. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Sri Lanka to hold parliamentary elections in 100 days

Jan 12, 2015 - 11:42 PM

Sri Lanka s new president Maithripala Sirisena tells a 27 member cabinet that the election will be held two years ahead of schedule

NEW PRESIDENT. Sri Lanka's newly-elected president Maithripala Sirisena gestures after being sworn in at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9, 2015. Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president January 9 following a bitter election that saw the surprise ousting of strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse after a decade in power. AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA

Sirisena sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president

Jan 09, 2015 - 9:39 PM

UPDATED President elect Maithripala Sirisena takes his oath of office in Colombo s Independence Square

VOTER'S CHOICE. Sri Lanka's joint opposition and Democratic National Alliance presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena casts his vote at the presidential elections in Polonnaruwa, some 240 km east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 08 January 2015, Sri Lanka, 08 January 2015. Photo by EPA

Sri Lanka eyes South Asian hub with Chinese mega port

Aug 04, 2013 - 1:00 PM

A 500 million Chinese built port opens Monday August 5 in Sri Lanka giving Beijing a vital foothold on the world s busiest international shipping lane

MEGA PORT. This photograph taken on July 24, 2013, shows a container ship at the state-run Jaya Container Terminal of the port of Colombo. Photo by AFP/  Lakruwan Wanniarachchi

Sri Lankan navy rescues 138 people from sinking fishing boat

Feb 03, 2013 - 2:34 PM

This is not the first time the Sri Lankan navy had to rescue stranded migrants

Man swallows $14,000 diamond at gem show

Sep 05, 2012 - 5:32 PM

A Chinese visitor to Sri Lanka was arrested for theft after swallowing a diamond worth nearly 14 000