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Senior Sri Lanka officials ordered detained over bombing

A Sri Lankan magistrate ordered the detention of the country’s suspended police chief and its former defense secretary on Wednesday, a day after they were arrested for alleged negligence leading …


Sri Lanka imposes curfew, blocks social media amid violence

Sri Lanka’s government imposed a nationwide curfew Monday and temporarily blocked social media following a flare-up of communal violence in apparent response to last month’s Easter attacks that killed more …


Sri Lankan president says country now safe

Sri Lanka’s president says “99%” of the suspects in Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels have been arrested and their explosive materials seized, and that it is safe for …


Catholic services canceled in Sri Lanka’s capital after the government warned of more possible attacks

Sri Lanka’s Catholic cardinal received “foreign information” that attempts would be made this week to attack a church and another church institution, according to a letter he sent Thursday to …


Rural Catholic church defies Sri Lanka threats, holds Mass

Minor editing. With AP Photos. A small village in eastern Sri Lanka has held likely the first Mass since Catholic leaders closed their churches for fear of more attacks after …


Sri Lanka militants set off bombs during raid, killing 15

Sri Lankan security forces have found 15 bodies, including six children, after militants linked to the Easter bombings set off explosives during a raid on a house in the country’s …


Sunday Mass canceled across Sri Lanka a week after bombings

Catholic leaders canceled Sunday Masses indefinitely across Sri Lanka and officials urged Muslims to stay home for Friday prayers in an extraordinary call by the clergy to curtail worship as …


Sri Lanka Muslims, refugees fear backlash from Easter attack

After fleeing their homes in Pakistan over militant attacks and government persecution, hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims felt they finally found peace in Sri Lanka as they sought resettlement across the …


Sri Lanka shakes up top security posts after deadly bombings

Sri Lanka’s president shook up the country’s top security establishment after officials failed to act on intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before the Easter bombings that killed over 350 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

A top Sri Lanka official said Tuesday the Easter bombings that killed 321 people were carried out by a Islamic fundamentalists in apparent retaliation for the New Zealand mosque massacres …


UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019

Official: Sri Lanka failed to heed warnings of attacks

Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings from intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group that officials blame for Easter Sunday bombings which …


UPDATED: Sun., April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill at least 290 in Sri Lanka

Nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 200 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka.


Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

More than 200 people have been killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo on …


Alliance to save blue whales from ships stalled by Sri Lanka

When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, business interests often supersede those of the endangered marine mammals.


Sri Lanka’s crisis deepens as president suspends parliament

Sri Lanka’s president suspended parliament on Saturday even as the prime minister he fired the previous day claimed he has majority support, adding to a growing political crisis in the …


Sri Lanka blocks social media as anti-Muslim rioting flares

Religious violence flared anew in the hills of central Sri Lanka on Wednesday despite a state of emergency, with Buddhist mobs sweeping through towns and villages, burning Muslim homes and …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

At U.N. rights body, Sri Lanka vows new steps to fight torture

Government envoys from Sri Lanka told the U.N.’s top human rights body Wednesday that their country is taking new steps to battle torture, a move that an advocacy group attributed …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

Sri Lanka official denies allegations of torture, rape

Sri Lanka’s defense minister denied Tuesday that his country committed torture and rape of suspected rebels, as charged by more than 50 men of the island’s Tamil ethnic minority who …


Sri Lanka government faces pressure over torture, rape allegations

Sri Lanka’s government faced increasing pressure Friday to answer for alleged human rights violations following an Associated Press investigation that found more than 50 men who said they were raped, …


Men report rape, torture under Sri Lankan government

Raped, branded and beaten, Witness #205 is one of more than 50 men who say they were abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka’s current government. The men’s previously unpublished accounts …


Minorities say they’re sidelined by Sri Lanka’s Parliament

As lawmakers in Sri Lanka celebrate the 70th anniversary of the country’s parliamentary democracy, one of the oldest in Asia, minorities including Tamils, Christians and Muslims remain on the fringes …


Sri Lankan leader will protect general accused of war crimes

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017

Group finds Asia’s performing elephants are treated harshly

An animal protection group wants tourists to know: That elephant you are thinking about riding during your vacation in Thailand is probably a miserable victim of abuse.


Sri Lankan soldiers recover more bodies from mudslides

A group of Sri Lankan soldiers carried a body wrapped in a tarpaulin to police for identification, while others dug Monday through piles of mud, unearthing a motorbike, pieces of …


UPDATED: Sat., May 27, 2017

U.N. peacekeepers: How a Haiti child sex ring was whitewashed

The general sat on a plastic lawn chair in the garden of his mother’s home, the scent of tropical blooms filling the air as he talked about the alleged rape …


73 dead, scores missing in weeklong Sri Lanka storms

Sri Lanka’s government on Saturday raised the death toll from landslides and heavy flooding around the island nation to 73, as soldiers continued searching for scores of people missing since …


Sri Lanka landslides leave over 200 families missing

Soldiers and police used sticks and bare hands Wednesday to dig through enormous piles of mud covering houses in three villages hit by massive landslides in central Sri Lanka, with …


Sri Lankan rebel leader ran ruthless movement

NEW DELHI – Reclusive Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran had escaped death several times during the past three decades even as his obsession with security ensured that untold other assassins …


Police knew of plan, critics say

LAHORE, Pakistan – Pakistani police had strong intelligence well in advance of Tuesday’s brazen terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team but failed to deploy forces along the route, …


In brief: Cricket players wounded in attack

A dozen masked gunmen armed with rifles and rocket launchers attacked a vehicle carrying members of Sri Lanka’s national cricket team today, wounding at least two players and killing five …