England 113-5 at lunch in first test against Sri Lanka

Sports 11/06/18, 03:13

Seam bowler Suranga Lakmal took two England wickets in successive balls in the second over to give Sri Lanka the early advantage at lunch on the first day of the first cricket test.England slumped to 113 for five after winning the toss and deciding to bat at the Galle International ...

Sri Lanka counting on Herath against England one last time

Sports 11/05/18, 14:25

Sri Lanka hope Rangana Herath has a little magic left in his 40-year-old left arm to give them a victorious start to the test series with England from Tuesday.Herath is playing his final test, his 93rd since his debut in 1999. The former Sri Lanka skipper is retiring from all ...

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 ...

Explains: How Sri Lanka plunged into political crisis

Asia & Pacific 10/29/18, 06:23

Sri Lanka is in a constitutional stalemate, torn between two leaders who both claim to be its legitimate prime minister. President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and dissolved his Cabinet on Friday, abruptly ending a strained coalition government between two traditionally opposed political parties. Former strongman President Mahinda ...

Sri Lanka’s president urged to protect sacked PM’s rights

Asia & Pacific 10/28/18, 07:21

The speaker of Sri Lanka's Parliament has asked the country's president to safeguard the rights of the sacked prime minister amid a deepening political crisis in the South Asian island nation.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said in a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday that the continued suspension of Parliament would ...

Sri Lanka’s president suspends parliament, deepening crisis

World 10/27/18, 00:20

Sri Lanka's president suspended parliament on Saturday even as the prime minister he fired the previous day claimed he has majority support, adding to a growing political crisis in the island nation.Chaminda Gamage, a spokesman for the parliamentary speaker, confirmed that President Maithripala Sirisena had suspended parliament until Nov. 16.The ...

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 ...

England wins 4th ODI, secures series vs. Sri Lanka

Sports 10/20/18, 10:23

England beat Sri Lanka by 18 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the rain-hit fourth one-day international on Saturday to take an insurmountable 3-0 series lead.England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat first with the hosts reaching 273-7 in 50 overs. Dasun Shanaka made ...

Sri Lanka 273-7 in 4th ODI vs. England

Sports 10/20/18, 04:56

Dasun Shanaka and Niroshan Dickwella hit half-centuries to give Sri Lanka a competitive 273-7 in the fourth one-day international against England on Saturday.England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to field, hoping to exploit early moisture on the pitch.England's Moeen Ali successfully appeals for the wicket of Sri ...

UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali

U.S. 10/19/18, 17:09

The United Nations asked the government of Sri Lanka on Friday to immediately repatriate the commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that the request for Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure to ...

Sri Lanka cricket great Jayasuriya charged with corruption

Sports 10/15/18, 09:36

Sri Lanka great Sanath Jayasuriya became one of the most high-profile figures embroiled in corruption in cricket when he was charged Monday with two counts of disrupting an investigation.Jayasuriya was a star of the Sri Lanka team that won the Cricket World Cup in 1996 during a playing career that ...

Threatened election officials flee Maldives, vote challenged

World 10/10/18, 23:12

Four of the five members of Maldives' Elections Commission have fled the country because of threats from supporters of outgoing President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who accused them of rigging last month's presidential election in favor of the opposition candidate, the head of the commission said Wednesday.Yameen's party filed a complaint ...

Sri Lanka bowls 1st in ODI series opener against England

Sports 10/10/18, 05:25

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and chose to bowl first against England on Wednesday in the opener of a five-match one-day international cricket series.Chandimal has taken the captaincy back from Angelo Mathews against the No. 1-ranked team in the world after a dismal performance in the recently-concluded ...

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 ...

Dhawan: India won’t take Bangladesh lightly in final

Asia & Pacific 09/27/18, 13:23

India vice-captain Shikhar Dhawan said the six-time champion would not take surprise package Bangladesh lightly in Friday's Asia Cup final.An under-strength Bangladesh side fought like tigers to beat Pakistan on Wednesday in a Super Four match that was essentially a semi-final.Pakistan, chasing 240 to win in Abu Dhabi, was restricted ...

Calm opposition leader wins Maldives presidency amid storm

Asia & Pacific 09/24/18, 07:44

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the president-elect of the Maldives, spent his youth marching in the streets for democracy. He was elected to Parliament at age 32 as an independent candidate, helping to draw up a new constitution. But unlike other reformers of his generation, Solih was never sidelined by a prison ...

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