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On lookers watch the wreckage of a bus following an accident in Madolsima in Passara, Sri Lanka on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. At least six people were killed and dozens were injured. (AP Photo/Prasanna Padmasiri)

Bus accident in Sri Lanka kills 6, injures more than 30

Jan. 6, 2020 10:08 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A passenger bus plunged off the road in Sri Lanka's tea-growing hill country on Monday, killing six people and injuring more than 30. Police said a bus belonging to the state-run bus company fell into a precipice near the small mountain town of Madulsima, about 250 kilometers (155...

Sri Lanka air force plane crashes. killing all 4 aboard

Jan. 3, 2020 2:45 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan air force plane crashed on a tea estate in the island's mountains Friday, killing the four crewmembers on board and injuring a civilian on the ground. The crash occurred in Haputale district about 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of the capital Colombo, said air force...

A Swiss Embassy employee who was detained pending charges that she made statements to create disaffection toward the government and fabricated evidence, center, walks out with two unidentified embassy employees after getting bail in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Swiss Embassy worker detained in Sri Lanka gets bail

Dec. 30, 2019 7:18 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan Court on Monday granted bail to a Swiss Embassy employee who was detained pending charges that she made statements to create disaffection toward the government and fabricated evidence. Before her arrest, the employee, a Sri Lankan national, had reportedly said she was...

FILE- In this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 file photo, Sri Lankan politician Patali Champika Ranawaka who was the urban development minister before current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected, gestures as prison officers escort him to a magistrate court after his arrest in Colombo, Sri Lanka,. A Sri Lankan court on Tuesday granted bail to the former Cabinet minister who was arrested last week over a years-old traffic accident, a detention the opposition claim is part of a government witch-hunt of political opponents. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Sri Lankan ex-minister arrested over car accident gets bail

Dec. 24, 2019 5:33 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Tuesday granted bail to a former Cabinet minister who was arrested last week over a years-old traffic accident, a detention the opposition says is part of a government witch hunt of political opponents. Patali Champika Ranawaka's political defection in 2014...

Sri Lankan leader says he became victim in abduction claim

Dec. 19, 2019 11:09 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Thursday that he has become the victim in the alleged abduction of a Swiss Embassy employee who was reportedly threatened and sexually abused to disclose embassy-related information. Rajapaksa said reports of the alleged abduction...

Maldives wants to restructure debt to China

Dec. 5, 2019 8:51 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives foreign minister says his country needs to restructure its massive debt to China, which he says has put the Indian ocean archipelago in a difficult situation. Abdulla Shahid said the country's Chinese debt currently totals about $1.4 billion. He told reporters in...

Sri Lankan Foreign Minster Dinesh Gunawardena speaks to media in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Sri Lanka’s foreign minister says the government has rejected a request from the Swiss Embassy to allow one of its employees to be flown out for medical treatment after a group allegedly abducted and threatened her to disclose embassy information. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka rejects Swiss request to fly staffer for treatment

Dec. 4, 2019 10:21 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s foreign minister said Wednesday that the government has rejected a request from the Swiss Embassy to allow one of its local employees to be flown out for medical treatment after a group allegedly abducted and threatened her to disclose embassy information....

Sri Lankan court blocks Swiss Embassy worker from leaving

Dec. 3, 2019 10:13 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Tuesday blocked a Swiss Embassy employee from leaving the country until she gives a statement to police about allegations that she was abducted and threatened in order to disclose embassy information. Colombo’s chief magistrate issued an order at the...

Sri Lanka wants to query Swiss Embassy worker over threat

Dec. 2, 2019 4:05 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have told the Swiss Embassy in Colombo that they want to question an embassy worker who was allegedly forced into a car and threatened to establish the veracity of her claims. The embassy has said the employee, who allegedly was ordered by her abductors to...