Sri Lanka imposes curfew, blocks social media amid violence

World 05/13/19, 11:51

Sri Lanka's government imposed a nationwide curfew Monday and temporarily blocked social media following a flare-up of communal violence in apparent response to last month's Easter attacks that killed more than 250 people, officials said.Acting police chief C.D. Wickramaratne said the violence started with a few shops being stoned 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 ...

Interview: Sri Lanka’s PM says potential bombers at large

World 04/25/19, 10:32

Sri Lanka's prime minister said Thursday that suspects linked to the coordinated Easter Sunday bomb attacks remain at large and could have access to explosives.Some of the suspects "may go out for a suicide attack," Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an interview with The Associated Press.Wickremesinghe spoke frankly about ...

Death toll rises to 359 in Sri Lanka bombings, more arrested

World 04/23/19, 22:44

The death toll from the Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 359 and more suspects have been arrested, police said Wednesday.The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the seven bombers who blew themselves up at three churches and three hotels Sunday ...

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 ...

Rajapaksa critics win control of Sri Lanka Parliament panel

World 11/23/18, 07:42

Lawmakers opposed to disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa won control of a key committee setting Parliament's agenda during a vote Friday that dealt a severe blow to his leadership.Sri Lanka has been in a political crisis since Oct. 26 when the president abruptly fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

Rivals China, India cautiously watch Sri Lankan crisis

World 11/05/18, 00:59

China and India are closely watching the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, which has been a battleground in their struggle for geopolitical supremacy in South Asia.In this Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, photo, a Chinese man walks along a street while speaking on his mobile phone in Colombo, Sri Lanka. China ...

Sri Lanka president summons Parliament amid political crisis

World 11/04/18, 12:20

Sri Lanka's president issued an order Sunday for Parliament to reconvene Nov. 14, when lawmakers will get the chance to hold a confidence vote on the nation's former strongman who has been named prime minister.The announcement made in a decree comes amid a political crisis in the South Asian island ...

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 summons Parliament over crisis

World 11/01/18, 01:57

Sri Lanka's president has summoned Parliament next week amid mounting pressure on him to resolve a weeklong political turmoil following the sacking of the prime minister.President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Cabinet on Friday and replaced him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa. On Saturday, Sirisena suspended Parliament in ...

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