Interview: Sri Lankan president says country now safe

World 05/07/19, 08:42

Sri Lanka's president says "99%" of the suspects in Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels have been arrested and their explosive materials seized.President Maithripala Sirisena said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that Sri Lanka is now safe for tourists.It's been just over two weeks since ...

Sri Lanka lifts social media ban imposed after Easter blasts

World 04/30/19, 01:31

Sri Lanka's president has lifted a nationwide social media ban that was imposed after Easter suicide bomb attacks that killed 253 people.A government statement Tuesday said that President Maithripala Sirisena has lifted the ban that blocked Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and other popular sites. It asked the public to "act in ...

Update: Sri Lanka emergency law bans face coverings

World 04/28/19, 13:01

The Latest on the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka (all times local):11 p.m.Muslim women in Sri Lanka will no longer be able to veil their faces under an emergency law ordered by President Maithripala Sirisena that bans all kinds of face coverings that may conceal people's identities.A relative of an ...

Sri Lanka political rivalry seen as factor in Easter blasts

World 04/26/19, 04:46

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.The government has admitted to a "lapse of intelligence" after officials failed to act ...

Sri Lanka arrests 40 suspects after bombings, toll up to 310

World 04/22/19, 23:10

As a state of emergency took effect Tuesday giving the Sri Lankan military war-time powers, police arrested 40 suspects, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers involved in deadly Easter bombings and the owner of a house where some of them lived, officials said.Sri Lanka's president ...

Sri Lanka averts rift spilling over to UN rights session

World 03/20/19, 22:40

Sri Lanka's leader has abandoned plans to oppose his prime minister's support of a United Nations resolution that would give the island nation more time to address war crime allegations stemming from its long civil war.On the U.N. human rights council agenda this week is a report by High Commissioner ...

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 ...

Sri Lanka president reinstates Wickremesinghe as premier

World 12/16/18, 02:06

Sri Lanka's president has reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly two months after firing him and setting off weeks of political stalemate.Wickremesinghe's United National Party says on its official Twitter account that Wickremesinghe took oath before President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday.The move promises to ease 50 days of political ...

Sri Lanka’s disputed prime minister resigns to end impasse

World 12/15/18, 03:01

Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned, saying he wants to end a political impasse over his appointment.Rajapaksa signed his letter of resignation Saturday, flanked by lawmakers of his party and blessed by Buddhist and other religious leaders in the presence of media.It is not immediately clear if ...

Explains: Sri Lanka crisis persists despite court ruling

World 12/14/18, 08:13

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has declared President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament unconstitutional. Sirisena's opponents and rule-of-law activists hailed the unanimous ruling, but it did not end a months-long political stalemate that has kept Sri Lanka without a functional government.Here's a look at how Sri Lanka has plunged into ...

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

World 12/13/18, 08:38

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 crisis.A seven-judge bench of the highest court said the president lacks the power to dissolve Parliament at ...

Sri Lanka court orders prime minister to refrain from duties

World 12/03/18, 07:13

A Sri Lankan court on Monday ordered disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his ministers to refrain from carrying out their duties as it hears an appeal against them.While the ruling by the Court of Appeal is an interim order, it is yet another setback for Rajapaksa, who has held ...

Sri Lankan president: PM-related investigations to continue

World 11/25/18, 05:28

Sri Lanka's president on Sunday assured non-interference in ongoing investigations into abductions, killings of journalists and other crimes allegedly committed by those connected to the new prime minister and his Cabinet.President Maithripala Sirisena said that the courts and police would continue to function independently despite Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa joining ...

2 premiers and no government: Crisis confuses Sri Lankans

World 11/21/18, 20:18

Two men each claim to be the prime minister. Lawmakers are exchanging blows in Parliament. A former finance minister says the country is on the brink of an "economic anarchy."Welcome to Sri Lanka, where the political crisis is getting worse by the week.FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018 file ...

Chaotic Sri Lankan Parliament rejects president’s chosen PM

World 11/14/18, 01:25

Sri Lanka's Parliament passed a no-confidence vote against the government headed by the hastily sworn-in Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as lawmakers convened Wednesday for the first time since the president dismissed his Cabinet and suspended the legislature last month.The motion brought by the leader of an opposition party could mean ...

Sri Lankan top court suspends decree dissolving Parliament

World 11/13/18, 09:54

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the president's order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections, opening the way for lawmakers to vote on whether to accept his earlier ouster of the prime minister.Sri Lanka has been in a political crisis since Oct. 26, when President Maithripala Sirisena suddenly ...

Explains: The latest in Sri Lanka’s political crisis

World 11/12/18, 08:49

Sri Lankan is in the midst of a political crisis set off by the president's decisions to remove the South Asian island nation's prime minister, dissolve Parliament and call snap elections.The moves have triggered public protests and international criticism, including from some of the country's biggest donors.A look at the ...

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, ...

Sri Lanka president dissolves Parliament, calls for election

World 11/10/18, 03:30

Sri Lanka's president dissolved Parliament and called for elections on Jan. 5 in a bid to stave off a deepening political crisis over his dismissal of the prime minister that opponents say is unconstitutional.An official notification signed by President Maithripala Sirisena announced the dissolution of Parliament effective midnight Friday. It ...

Sri Lanka president dissolves Parliament, calls for election

World 11/09/18, 21:11

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament and called for fresh elections amid a deepening political crisis.An official notification signed by Sirisena announced the dissolution of Parliament effective midnight Friday. It said the names of candidates will be called before Nov. 26, and the election held on Jan. 5. The ...

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