Sri Lanka minister defects to challenge president in polls

Nov 22, 2014

Sri Lanka minister defects to challenge president in polls

A senior minister quit Sri Lanka’s ruling party Friday to run as the main opposition’s candidate in January elections, accusing President Mahinda Rajapakse of leading a corrupt “dictatorship.” As organizers confirmed the election would be held on Jan. 8, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said ...

Hundreds feared buried under  Sri Lanka mudslide

Oct 30, 2014

Hundreds feared buried under Sri Lanka mudslide

A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers’ houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday, raising fears that hundreds may have been killed. In the chaos that followed, there was confusion about the number of dead and missing ...

Sep 17, 2014

China's Xi pledges maritime security with Sri Lanka

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday announced increased “maritime security” cooperation with Sri Lanka, whose Beijing-funded strategic port developments have caused unease in neighboring India. Xi said his proposal for a 21st century maritime silk road and his host President Mahinda Rajapakse’s vision to turn ...

Sep 16, 2014

China's Xi heads to Sri Lanka seeking to boost ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping will on Tuesday begin his first state visit to Sri Lanka, seeking to bolster already strong ties with the island just days after Japan’s prime minister launched a rival bid for influence. China is already the biggest foreign investor in ...

Jul 18, 2014

Sri Lanka to probe alleged abuses by military

Sri Lanka announced Thursday an investigation into its military over allegations of rights abuses, following intense international pressure for a war-crimes probe into the island’s decadeslong ethnic conflict. President Mahinda Rajapakse said a current government-appointed Commission of Inquiry (COI) would be expanded to probe ...

Jun 3, 2014

England elects to bat against Sri Lanka

England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat in the fifth and deciding day/night one-day international against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston on Tuesday. Both teams were unchanged from those that played in Sri Lanka’s thrilling seven-run win at Lord’s on Saturday ...

U.N. rights council launches Sri Lanka war crimes probe

Mar 28, 2014

U.N. rights council launches Sri Lanka war crimes probe

The U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, a move angrily rejected by Colombo as counter-productive. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution saying it was time for a “comprehensive investigation into ...

Commonwealth nations to help postwar Sri Lanka

Nov 17, 2013

Commonwealth nations to help postwar Sri Lanka

Leaders including South Africa’s president said Sunday that they are ready to help Sri Lanka achieve postwar healing, as the island nation closed a Commonwealth summit held amid international outcry over its human rights record. The summit was dogged by constant attention to Sri ...