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Anxiety and hope over church schools reopening after attacks

Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since last month’s devastating Easter attacks on churches and hotels. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka political rivalry seen as factor in Easter blasts

Government dysfunction and an intelligence failure that preceded the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka are traced to simmering divisions between the president and prime minister after a weekslong political crisis that crippled the country last year. Continue reading

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Sri Lankan leader appoints Cabinet after political crisis

Sri Lanka’s president on Thursday appointed 28 lawmakers and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as Cabinet ministers after weeks of political crisis led to government dysfunction. Continue reading

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Sri Lankan lawmakers question Rajapaksa’s parliamentary seat

Members of Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Tuesday questioned whether Mahinda Rajapaksa, who recently quit as prime minister, can hold his seat after earlier relinquishing membership in the political party that he represented in the last election. Continue reading

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Sri Lankan president reinstates the prime minister he sacked

Sri Lanka’s president reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister on Sunday, nearly two months after firing him and setting off a long political stalemate in the South Asian island nation. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka’s disputed prime minister resigns to end impasse

Sri Lanka’s disputed prime minister resigned on Saturday, saying he wanted to end a long political impasse over his appointment and allow the president to form a new government. Continue reading

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Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka’s premier to end crisis

A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country’s political crisis. Continue reading

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AP Explains: Why is Sri Lankan prime minister resigning

Supporters say disputed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to resign in an attempt to end the country’s political crisis. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court says president’s actions unlawful

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that President Maithripala Sirisena’s order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections was unconstitutional, a much-anticipated verdict that further embroils the Indian Ocean nation in political c… Continue reading

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2 premiers and no government: Crisis confuses Sri Lankans

Two men each claim to be the prime minister. Continue reading

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Sri Lankan leader says dissolved parliament to avoid fights

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena said Sunday that he decided to dissolve Parliament and call fresh elections to avoid possible violence in Parliament in the event a vote was taken to decide on who commands the majority support to become prime… Continue reading

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Calm opposition leader wins Maldives presidency amid storm

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the president-elect of the Maldives, spent his youth marching in the streets for democracy. Continue reading

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Maldives prepares for polls seen as test for young democracy

A decade after people took to the streets to welcome democracy to the Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago, voters head to the polls on Sunday in what has become a referendum on whether democracy will stay. Continue reading

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AP Interview: Fugitive Maldives ex-leader aims for return

Mohamed Nasheed is a convicted criminal who lives in exile. Continue reading

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Anti-Muslim riots flare anew in Sri Lanka despite emergency

Residents say anti-Muslim rioting has flared anew in central Sri Lanka despite a state of emergency, with Buddhist mobs burning mosques and Muslim-owned shops in at least two towns. Continue reading

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UN experts say Sri Lankan detainees denied basic rights

A group of United Nations human rights experts said Friday that Sri Lanka has yet to respect individual rights, with people kept in custody for excessive periods pending investigations, and reliance on confessions that are often extracted under torture… Continue reading

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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 of society. Continue reading

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Owners of poached elephants in Sri Lanka may escape sanction

A group of wealthy businessmen, a Buddhist priest and other social higher-ups on trial in Sri Lanka for allegedly keeping illegally captured elephants may get their animals back — legally. Continue reading

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Reporter seeks justice for ‘white van’ torture in Sri Lanka

The sight of a white van still haunts Poddala Jayantha, a Sri Lankan journalist exiled in the U.S. Eight years after he was abducted in his home country, he says he saw only a pair of hands pulling him inside the vehicle where he was tortured for hours. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka marks 8 years since end of bloody civil war

Sri Lanka is marking the eighth anniversary of the end of its bloody civil war with much of the legacy and divisions created by more than quarter-century of violence still intact. Continue reading

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