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Stories with place: Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka leader calls for reforms to promote ethnic harmony 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 10:36 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's president asked the country's newly elected lawmakers on Tuesday to draft political reforms to promote ethnic reconciliation and economic development in the post-war era.

  • In shift, US backs Sri Lanka's own war crimes probe 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 7:01 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The United States said Wednesday that it wants to sponsor a resolution at next month's U.N. human rights session that is supportive of Sri Lanka's government, which wants to conduct its own investigation into alleged war crimes.

  • Party spokesman: Maldives ex-president taken back to prison 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 10:01 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Maldives police have taken former President Mohamed Nasheed back to jail even though his 13-year sentence was commuted to house arrest last month, a party spokesman said Monday.

  • Sri Lanka's prime minister defeats ex-president in elections story has photos
    Updated: Aug-18-15 11:22 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's prime minister defeated the country's former strongman in parliamentary elections, according to results released Tuesday, blocking a key step of his bid to return to power seven months after he lost the presidency.

  • Maldives arrests 7, intercepts boat heading to Diego Garcia 
    Updated: Aug-12-15 10:32 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Maldives authorities say that they intercepted a boat with seven foreign tourists and local crew apparently heading to the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia, where the United States maintains a military base.

  • Sri Lanka's ex-strongman in tough battle for return to power 
    Updated: Aug-08-15 1:44 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Mahinda Rajapaksa, once poised to be Sri Lanka's president for life, is a desperate man these days. At stake is not just his own political future, but that of an entire dynasty and a network of supporters he founded at every level.

  • The politics of time: why countries switch time zones 
    Updated: Aug-07-15 10:16 am

    North Korean officials announced Friday that the country is creating its own time zone, moving back 30 minutes on Aug. 15. The establishment of "Pyongyang time" is a political move intended to erase the legacy of Japanese colonial rule a century ago. Before that, the entire Korean peninsula was 8½ hours ahead of GMT, the time that North Korea will now revert to.