Aug 26, 2015

In shift, U.S. backs Sri Lanka's own war crimes probe

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. The announcement by the visiting Assistant Secretary ...

Aug 18, 2015

Ex-Sri Lanka leader Rajapakse concedes election defeat

Sri Lanka’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse told AFP that he has conceded defeat in parliamentary elections after a close fought comeback attempt just months after he was toppled as president. “My dream of becoming prime minister has faded away,” Rajapakse said. “I am conceding. ...

Modi's Indian Ocean tour aimed at muscling out China

Mar 10, 2015

Modi's Indian Ocean tour aimed at muscling out China

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was set to begin a tour of three Indian Ocean countries Tuesday as he seeks to prevent China from establishing a military foothold in a region his nation has dominated for decades. Modi was scheduled to visit Seychelles and ...

Jan 25, 2015

Sri Lanka scraps military training for teachers, students

Sri Lanka’s new government said Saturday it is scrapping compulsory military training for school teachers and undergraduates. The three-week army training, which was mandatory under ousted President Mahinda Rajapakse’s administration, had resulted in at least three deaths in recent years and was deeply unpopular ...