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More Sri Lanka attacks feared as Muslims condemn Easter bombs

May 03, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe hopes normality will return by Monday, May 6, when public schools reopen after an extended Easter vacation

Sri Lanka U-turns on war crimes probe

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:32 PM

But President Maithripala Sirisena's cohabitation government seeks to distance itself from his stance, saying the administration of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will remain engaged with the UN on war crimes

U-TURN. President Maithripala Sirisena says he will formally ask the United Nations Human Rights Council to reconsider a 2015 resolution which called for credible investigations into alleged atrocities. File photo by AFP

Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister, ending power struggle

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Ranil Wickremesinghe is sworn back in power at a closed-door ceremony in the president's office in Colombo

REINSTATED. Sri Lanka's ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is now back in power, ending power struggle in the nation. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Rajapakse bows out, ending Sri Lanka power struggle

Dec 15, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Mahinda Rajapakse signs a letter backing down from the post of prime minister controversially conferred on him in October

BOWS OUT. Sri Lanka'€™s former president Mahinda Rajapakse gestures during a ceremony before signing a document backing down from his controversial appointment as prime minister in Colombo on December 15, 2018. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted prime minister

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:07 PM

President Maithripala Sirisena insists that his ousting of the leader of Sri Lanka's biggest party in parliament is not a personality clash but a 'disagreement over policy'

WAR ON DRUGS. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena announces a policy statement during a ceremony for the new session of parliament in Colombo on May 8, 2018. File photo by AFP

Sri Lanka president seeks talks to end power struggle

Nov 18, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Sri Lanka has 2 claimants to the prime minister's post, but parliament speaker Karu Jayasuriya held that he would recognize neither

POWER STRUGGLE. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena seeks talks to end a power struggle that has crippled the country. File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Sri Lanka parliament votes out Rajapaksa's government

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya rules that a majority of the 225-member assembly supports the motion against Mahinda Rajapakse who was made prime minister on October 26

OUT. This file photo shows Sri Lanka's former president and prime minister Mahinda Rajapakse (L) and President Maithripala Sirisena attending a rally in Colombo on November 5, 2018. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lanka president's climbdown offers hope of end to political crisis

Nov 01, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The speaker Karu Jayasuriya has met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to force the concession

SIRISENA. In this file photo, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena gestures after being sworn in at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9, 2015. File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

One dead in Sri Lanka shooting as constitutional crisis escalates

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) Parliamentary Speaker Karu Jayasuriya backs sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's request to retain the privileges and security until another candidate could prove a majority

President suspends parliament as Sri Lanka crisis worsens

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:26 PM

Parliamentary officials say the president suspended the 225-member parliament until November 16 in the aftermath of ousted prime minister's demand for an emergency session to prove he still commanded a majority

WAR ON DRUGS. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena announces a policy statement during a ceremony for the new session of parliament in Colombo on May 8, 2018. File photo by AFP

Ousted Sri Lanka prime minister seeks emergency parliament session

Oct 27, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says his sacking was illegal

Hundreds evacuated after deadly Sri Lanka dump collapse

Apr 17, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Disaster management officials say 1 700 people have been moved to temporary shelters in state schools while the government looked for alternative accommodation

LANDSLIDE. Sri Lankan residents survey damaged homes at the site of a collapsed garbage dump in Colombo on April 16, 2017. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Hope fades for Sri Lanka missing, garbage toll hits 23

Apr 17, 2017 - 12:05 AM

It is difficult to imagine anyone could survive under these toxic conditions says a police officer after 145 homes were crushed under a collapsed mountain of garbage

Sri Lanka president vows reforms to prevent ethnic war

Jan 09, 2016 - 4:59 PM

Sirisena tells parliament he wants a new statute to guarantee the country will not see a repeat of a bloody ethnic conflict that claimed over 100 000 lives between 1972 and 2009

SRI LANKA PEACE. President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena delivers a speech as he attends Heads of States' Statements ceremony of the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, November 30, 2015. Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Canberra silent on Sri Lanka abuses in 'boat people' deal – report

Feb 23, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Former president Mahinda Rajapakse reportedly agreed to help stop boats carrying asylum seekers leaving for Australia if Canberra kept quiet about alleged abuses committed by the previous regime

A Sri Lankan supporter holds up a flag as President Mahinda Rajapakse addresses a rally in Jaffna on January 2, 2015. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP