Official: Sri Lanka failed to heed warnings of attacks

World 04/22/19, 05:40

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 that killed more than 200 people, the country's health minister said Monday. The coordinated bombings that ripped through churches and luxury hotels ...

Panicked at first, Sri Lankans anxious over what’s to come

World 04/21/19, 21:45

Bhanuka Harischandra was running a little late for his meeting Sunday. As a car carrying him pulled into the back entrance of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo, he realized something was wrong. People were telling him not to come in, it wasn't safe. Still, the car pulled ...

A look at sites hit by Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

World 04/21/19, 20:59

The Easter Sunday bombings were Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since the country's civil war ended a decade ago. The nine blasts hit mainly churches and luxury hotels in Colombo, the capital. A look at the sites targeted: ___ CHURCHES Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony Shrine after a blast ...

Update: Sri Lanka verifies nationalities of 11 killed

World 04/21/19, 09:40

The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Sri Lanka's foreign ministry says the nationalities of 11 foreigners killed in the Easter Sunday blasts have been verified. They include three Indians, one Portuguese national, two Turkish nationals, three British nationals and two holding U.S. and British ...

A look at the churches and hotels targeted in Sri Lanka

World 04/21/19, 07:53

Several near-simultaneous blasts tore through three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the bloodiest outbreak of violence in the South Asian country since civil war ended a decade ago.No one has claimed responsibility. Since the decades-long conflict between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils ended ...

Explosions kill at least 138 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

World 04/21/19, 02:56

At least 138 people were killed and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries in near simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a security official told The Associated Press, in the biggest violence in the South Asian country since its civil war ...

Customs strike cripples businesses in Sri Lanka’s capital

Business 02/05/19, 07:31

Food importers and wholesalers shut their shops in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday to demand the government resolve a "work to rule" action by custom officials at the island nation's main seaport.The Essential Food Commodities Importers and Traders Association said it is suffering huge losses because of the trade union ...

Sri Lanka seeks $1 billion loan from China amid debt woes

World 02/02/19, 02:48

Sri Lanka is negotiating a $1 billion loan from China to construct a highway linking the capital Colombo to the hilly resort city of Kandy, even as the heavily-indebted South Asian island nation makes arrangements to pay down $5.9 billion in foreign loans this year.Finance Ministry spokesman M.R. Hasan said ...

3rd test: Sri Lanka 183-2 after dismissing England for 336

Sports 11/24/18, 05:01

Sri Lanka fought its way back into the third test to reach 183-2 in its first innings at tea after bowling England out for 336 on Saturday.Dimuth Karunaratne (81 not out) and Dhananjaya de Silva (73) were spared by poor England fielding and went on to share a 142-run partnership ...

Sri Lankan president: I dissolved Parliament to avoid fight

World 11/11/18, 21:22

Sri Lanka's president said he dissolved Parliament and called elections to avoid possible violence inside Parliament and around the country if a vote had to be taken to decide whether his chosen prime minister or his sacked rival had the majority support.In a televised address to the nation Sunday evening, ...

Thousands march in support of Sri Lanka’s new government

World 11/05/18, 10:29

Thousands of Sri Lankans marched Monday in support of a new government led by the country's former strongman, highlighting the political polarization in the Indian Ocean island nation.The rally near Parliament came amid a constitutional crisis sparked by President Maithripala Sirisena's move to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, replace him ...

Interview: Sri Lanka’s ousted PM accuses rival of bribery

World 11/02/18, 12:17

Ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Friday there is credible evidence that his replacement is attempting to buy support in Parliament ahead of an expected vote of confidence when it reconvenes.Representatives of the newly formed government under former strongman Marinda Rajapaksa have offered lawmakers positions and money in ...

Sri Lanka president sacks prime minister, appoints strongman

World 10/26/18, 18:30

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena sacked the country's prime minister and his Cabinet on Friday and replaced him with a former strongman.But the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, told reporters that he had no intention of leaving his post, creating what some observers said could be a constitutional crisis in the ...

Japan sends warships deep into Indian Ocean in move to counter China

World 10/01/18, 10:59

Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has sent its biggest warship on a rare long-range mission into the Indian Ocean in a move expected to frustrate China, as the two nations vie for influence among smaller powers across Asia. U.S. officials monitored closely over the weekend as Tokyo's Kaga helicopter carrier arrived in ...

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