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Stories with place: Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka's Cabinet approves office to learn fate of missing 
    Updated: May-26-16 6:56 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved setting up an office to learn the fate of several thousands of people who went missing during the civil war that ended seven years ago, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

  • Maldives' ex-leader says he's received asylum in Britain 
    Updated: May-23-16 3:25 pm

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The former president of the Maldives said Monday that he's been granted political asylum in Britain where he had traveled for medical treatment on leave from serving a prison sentence in his country.

  • Death toll from weeklong storms in Sri Lanka rises to 92 story has photos
    Updated: May-22-16 12:01 pm

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The death toll from landslides and floods in Sri Lanka as a result of weeklong heavy storms has risen to 92, officials said Sunday.

  • Hales and Bairstow steady England from 83-5 to 171-5 
    Updated: May-19-16 1:28 pm

    LEEDS, England - Opener Alex Hales and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow led a steady recovery as England reached 171-5 against Sri Lanka at stumps on Thursday on a rain-shortened first day of the opening test.

  • Maldives cuts diplomatic ties with Iran 
    Updated: May-17-16 5:08 pm

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The government of the Maldives said Tuesday it has decided to sever 40-year-old diplomatic ties with Iran, saying the country's policies in the Middle East are detrimental to peace and security in the region.

  • Sri Lankan leader begins 2nd visit to India in 17 months story has photos
    Updated: May-13-16 8:14 am

    NEW DELHI - Sri Lanka's leader began his second state visit to India in 17 months Friday in a trip that underscores his island nation's delicate efforts to balance relations with regional superpowers India and China.

  • UN expert says torture still used by Sri Lanka investigators 
    Updated: May-07-16 1:31 pm

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A U.N. human rights expert said Saturday that torture is still being used by Sri Lanka's criminal and terrorism investigators, even though the tactic has decreased since the island nation's decades-long civil war ended seven years ago.

  • Immigrants flee 1 violent situation for another in 'Dheepan' 
    Updated: May-06-16 11:54 am

    LOS ANGELES - A trio of Sri Lankan strangers pretends to be a family to flee their war-torn country for France in the drama "Dheepan," which is finally opening in U.S. theaters after winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The film is playing now in New York and opening in Los Angeles next week.

  • Sri Lanka suspends 2 lawmakers over fistfight in parliament 
    Updated: May-05-16 6:56 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's Parliament on Thursday suspended two lawmakers for one week for getting into a fistfight that left several people injured earlier this week.

  • Review: In Paris-set 'Dheepan,' a timely refugee thriller 
    Updated: May-04-16 5:50 pm

    NEW YORK - French director Jacques Audiard is a curious combination of art-house auteur and genre filmmaker, a brazen showman and gritty naturalist. He makes tender and brutal movies that recast themselves as they twist their way toward unpredictable finales. To suit tales of transformation (his specialty), he switches genres mid-movie like a character changing wardrobe.

  • Sri Lankan court: Right to information bill needs two-thirds 
    Updated: May-03-16 11:58 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's highest court has declared that parts of a right to information bill contravene the constitution and it will need a two-thirds majority in Parliament to become law, the speaker announced Tuesday.

  • Lawmakers injured in fisticuffs inside Sri Lanka parliament 
    Updated: May-03-16 10:42 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Several lawmakers were injured in fisticuffs inside Sri Lanka's Parliament on Tuesday after a protest over the removal of military security for former President Mahinda Rajapakasa. One lawmaker was hospitalized.

  • Sri Lankan protest demands new probe of journalist's killing 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 8:41 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Hundreds of journalists and media rights activists protested on Friday to demand Sri Lanka's new government start a fresh investigation into the abduction and killing of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist 11 years ago, during the country's civil war.