Baby elephants become latest status symbol among Sri Lanka's rich

Jul 1, 2016

Baby elephants become latest status symbol among Sri Lanka's rich

Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka’s wealthy elite — a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown. Elephants are venerated in mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka and capturing them is illegal. Yet authorities say ...

Indonesia lets migrants ashore after week on stranded boat

Jun 18, 2016

Indonesia lets migrants ashore after week on stranded boat

Indonesia allowed a group of Tamil migrants from Sri Lanka to come ashore in Aceh province on Saturday after confining them to their stranded boat for a week, but is insisting they will be towed out to sea once the vessel is repaired. Rights ...

Fire causes Sri Lanka ammo dump to explode; thousands flee

Jun 6, 2016

Fire causes Sri Lanka ammo dump to explode; thousands flee

A key military ammunition dump in Sri Lanka exploded Sunday, showering shrapnel over a large area on the edge of the capital and forcing thousands to flee to safety, officials said. There were no immediate reports of casualties at the Salawa military camp, where ...

May 21, 2016

73 dead, scores missing in weeklong Sri Lanka storms

Sri Lanka’s government has raised the death toll from landslides and heavy flooding around the island nation to 73, as soldiers continue searching for scores of people missing since deadly landslides struck hill country several days ago. In the capital, Colombo, and its suburbs, ...

May 21, 2016

Anderson, Bairstow propel dominant England past Sri Lanka

Jimmy Anderson put on a swing-bowling clinic after Jonny Bairstow struck his second test century to leave England in complete control of the first test against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Friday. Playing on his home ground, wicketkeeper Bairstow hit 140 — 10 short ...

May 16, 2016

Sri Lanka floods kill eight, leave thousands homeless

Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least eight people, including a 10-month-old baby, and forced tens of thousands more to flee their homes, officials said Monday. The government has deployed troops to evacuate people living on slopes or in flood-hit areas ...