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Sri Lanka: Island country in South Asia
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. The island is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. The legislative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, is a suburb of the commercial capital and largest city, Colombo.

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U.S. warns Sri Lanka on investment, military ties after army chief promotion

A senior U.S. State Department official warned on Tuesday that Sri Lanka's appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army could affect U.S. military..
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U.S. 'deeply troubled' by Sri Lanka army chief appointment: official

The United States is 'deeply troubled' by the naming of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as Sri Lanka's new army chief, a U.S. official said on Tuesday and indicated it could..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Sri Lanka

Gotabaya Rajapaksa launches Sri Lanka presidential bid [Video]Gotabaya Rajapaksa launches Sri Lanka presidential bid

Wartime defence chief promises to prioritise Sri Lanka's national security following Easter Sunday bombings in April.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:00Published

Sri Lanka PM admits shortcomings for Easter Sunday bombings [Video]Sri Lanka PM admits shortcomings for Easter Sunday bombings

Coordinated suicide bombers struck 3 churches and 3 hotels, killing more than 250 people and leaving hundreds injured.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:18Published

 

Sri Lanka says international criticism over new army chief 'unwarranted'

Sri Lanka on Tuesday brushed aside as "unwarranted and unacceptable" international criticism of its decision to name a war veteran accused of human rights violations as its army chief.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka names war veteran as army chief, U.S., U.N. critical of decision

Sri Lanka's President on Monday named war veteran Shavendra Silva as its army chief, drawing sharp criticism from the United States and the United Nations over the appointment of an officer who has..
Reuters - Published

Many Sri Lankans want a strongman leader, and that favors Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lankans, angered by the government's inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka tourism industry begins to recover after attacks, election is next hurdle

Sri Lanka's tourism industry, badly hurt by Easter day bombings, is showing signs of gradual recovery, industry executives say, although a national election later this year is likely to weigh on..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lankan presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa renounces U.S. citizenship

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a key politician in Sri Lanka's civil war, has renounced U.S. citizenship, paving the way for him to make a bid on his country's presidency.
Reuters - Published

U.N. official says some Sri Lankan laws discriminately applied

A United Nation expert said on Friday some Sri Lankan laws are "frequently applied" in a discriminatory manner and urged the government to address the root causes of public protests by treating..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka court grants bail for doctor accused of sterilizing Buddhist women

A Sri Lankan court granted bail on Thursday to a Muslim doctor accused of having sterilized over 4,000 women from the Sinhalese Buddhist majority, his lawyer said, a deeply sensitive case in a country..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka raises stink over waste consignments from Britain

Sri Lanka has ordered the return of 213 containers of waste from Britain after finding, plastic and biological waste including suspected human body parts in the shipments, government officials said on..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka police say no evidence for direct IS link to Easter attacks

Sri Lankan police have not found enough evidence to prove that Islamic State (IS) militants were directly involved with the Easter Sunday bombings, the chief investigator said on Wednesday, even though..
Reuters - Published

Boat carrying 20 asylum seekers detained off Australia

The Australian Border Force has reportedly intercepted a boat carrying about 20 Sri Lankan asylum seekers in the Indian Ocean.
SBS - Published

Sri Lanka extends emergency for fourth month after Easter bombings

Sri Lanka on Monday extended a law granting security forces emergency powers for a fourth month following the Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people.
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U.S. wants military cooperation pact with Sri Lanka to tackle red tape: TV

The United States wants a special forces cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka to sidestep bureaucracy and has no intention of setting up a military base in the country, the American ambassador to the..
Reuters - Published

"They bombed our livelihoods": Sri Lanka's tourism firms struggle after attacks

Pearl Divers, a diving school on one of Sri Lanka's most popular southern beaches, shut shop for two months after suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels on the island on Easter Sunday, killing..
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UK’s slavery laws are having unintended consequences for women's freedom in Sri Lanka

Britain introduced legislation in 2015 aimed at targeting modern slavery. However, several failings have been uncovered with the process that aims to help the most vulnerable.
SBS - Published

Prosecutors say tests needed before Sri Lanka sterilization case can proceed

Sri Lankan prosecutors said on Thursday tests would be needed to establish whether a Muslim doctor had sterilized Buddhist patients, while there was no evidence to support other charges against him of..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lankan government defeats no-confidence motion brought over Easter bombings

The Sri Lankan government on Thursday defeated a no-confidence motion brought by an opposition party over what it called "criminal negligence" in failing to prevent Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka PM says still in talks with U.S. on military cooperation pact

Sri Lanka is still in talks with the United States on a status-of-forces agreement (SOFA) for visiting U.S. military personnel, the prime minister said, disregarding a warning by the president that it..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka police chief, ex-defense secretary released on bail in Easter attacks case

Sri Lanka's police chief and former defense secretary were released on bail on Tuesday, a week after they were arrested over allegations that they failed to prevent the Easter Day bomb attacks that..
Reuters - Published

Hardline Sri Lanka monk calls for Buddhist Sinhalese government

Sri Lanka's most powerful Buddhist nationalist group rallied its hardline base on Sunday, saying they must aim to take democratic control of parliament to protect the community, amid heightened..
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Sri Lanka on alert as Buddhist hardliners hold first meeting after Easter attacks

Police lined the streets of the Sri Lankan highland town of Kandy on Sunday and the army was on standby as hardline Buddhist monks gathered for their first big assembly since Easter attacks by Islamist..
Reuters - Published

Muslims in Sri Lankan highlands to down shutters as hardline Buddhists meet

Shops owned by Muslim traders in the Sri Lankan central highlands district of Kandy will remain closed on Sunday as thousands of hardline Buddhist monks gather to decide who to back in the country's..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka's top court delays first executions in 43 years

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has delayed the death penalty for four people convicted on drug-related offences, one of their lawyers said on Friday, in what would have been the first executions in 43..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka court delays death penalty for four convicted on drug charges

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has issued an injunction until October 30 against the death penalty for four people convicted of drug-related offences, a lawyer representing one of the petitioners in the..
Reuters - Published

Wahhabism confronted: Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after bombings

Sri Lanka is moving to curtail Saudi Arabian influence, after some politicians and Buddhist monks blamed the spread of the kingdom's ultra-conservative Wahhabi school of Islam for planting the seeds of..
Reuters - Published

Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka nosedive in May, June after bombings

Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka fell sharply in May and June from a year ago, as visitors shunned the Indian Ocean island after the Easter Sunday attacks, the tourism bureau said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Charge Sri Lankan police chief and ex-defence secretary over bombings: attorney general

Sri Lanka's police chief and its former defense secretary should be charged with crimes against humanity for failing to prevent attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed more than 250 people in..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka picks two hangmen for first prisoner executions since 1970s

Sri Lanka has hired two hangmen as it prepares for executions of four prisoners convicted of drug offences in what would be the country's first use of the death penalty for over 40 years, prison..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka reinstates death penalty for drug crimes ahead of polls

Sri Lanka's president on Wednesday signed death sentences for four people convicted of drug-related offences in a decision analysts said is aimed at boosting his chances of re-election later this year.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka president signs death penalty for four drugs convicts

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said on Wednesday the government would press ahead with a controversial plan to reinsate the death penalty for drug-related offences.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka prosecutor orders probe of nine officers over Easter bombing lapses

Sri Lanka's main prosecutor directed the acting police chief to carry out an investigation into nine officers who are suspected of failing to help prevent the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka cardinal says government hiding truth over Easter attacks

The head of the Catholic church in Sri Lanka on Thursday issued a scathing criticism of the government over the Easter attacks that killed more than 250 people, decrying a "total lack of interest" in..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka police bring five Easter bomb suspects back from Saudi Arabia

Five Sri Lankans suspected of having links to Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people were brought home in police custody on Friday after being deported from Saudi Arabia, police said.
Reuters - Published

Rooms 50% off and ads in Russia: Sri Lanka woos tourists after attacks

Sri Lanka's battered tourism industry is trying to woo visitors back to beaches deserted after deadly Easter bombings, slashing hotel rates and pushing promotions in key markets like Russia.
Reuters - Published

India's Modi visits bombed Sri Lanka church, vows support after attacks

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday honored those killed by Islamist militants in Sri Lanka's Easter bombings, vowing support for the island nation as Delhi seeks to counter the rise of China..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka leader rebuffs probe after criticism over Easter attacks

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday criticised a parliamentary investigation into the Easter bombings, a day after two high-profile testimonies accused him of mishandling the island's..
Reuters - Published

Cricket diplomacy: India's Modi comes bearing gifts on first post-election foreign trip

From ferry services and port terminals to a new national cricket stadium, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to come bearing gifts on his visit to neighbors Sri Lanka and the Maldives this..
Reuters - Published

Unsubstantiated claims Muslim doctor sterilized women raise tensions in Sri Lanka

On May 23 Sri Lankan newspaper Divaina, known for its nationalist stance, published a front page article alleging a Muslim doctor had secretly sterilized 4,000 Sinhala Buddhist women after caesarean..
Reuters - Published

Australia minister in Sri Lanka stresses 'tough' asylum policy

A senior minister restated Australia's tough border policy on a visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday amid reports that the Australian navy had intercepted and returned several boats carrying asylum seekers..
Reuters - Published

Australian minister in Sri Lanka to lay out stance on asylum seekers

A senior Australian minister will meet Sri Lanka's leaders in Colombo later on Tuesday to discuss border control and security matters following reports that the Australian navy had intercepted and..
Reuters - Published

People smuggling tops agenda for Dutton's Colombo meetings

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will meet Sri Lanka's president and prime minister as he looks to stop a fresh wave of asylum seekers from the island.
SBS - Published

Dutton in Colombo to head off asylum boats

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will meet Sri Lanka's president and prime minister as he looks to head off a fresh wave of asylum seekers from the island.
SBS - Published

Sri Lanka Muslim officials quit in solidarity with minister accused of Islamist ties

Eight Muslim government officials in Sri Lanka quit their portfolios on Monday in solidarity with the industry minister accused by the opposition of supporting Islamist militants who killed more than..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lankan asylum seeker boat a post-election border 'test', warns Peter Dutton

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has called on new Labor leader Anthony Albanese to harden the party's border protection policy.
SBS - Published

Sri Lankan asylum seekers en route to Australia sent back after boat intercepted

The Australian Border Force has confirmed a boat carrying 20 Sri Lankan asylum seekers headed for northwest Australia was intercepted last week.
SBS - Published

Sri Lankan asylum seeker boat reportedly intercepted

The Australian Border Force reportedly intercepted a boat carrying 20 Sri Lankan asylum seekers headed for northwest Australia last week.
SBS - Published

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