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Sri Lanka marks independence anniversary amid economic woes

Feb. 04, 2023 08:47 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka marked its 75th independence anniversary on Saturday as a bankrupt nation, with many citizens angry, anxious and in no mood to celebrate. President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has started to improve some but not all of the acute shortages,...

South Asian eateries try ‘going local’ as recovery strategy

Dec. 31, 2022 00:04 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hotels and restaurants across South Asia have had to adapt and reimagine dining out since the pandemic ripped through the region, forcing many out of business. Those that have survived are tapping local sources and going online. In India, from...

Behind the Lens: The Sri Lanka presidential palace, overrun

Dec. 16, 2022 15:01 PM EST

Associated Press photographers talk about their 2022 assignments, and share some of the stories behind the images. ___ THE PLACE: Colombo, Sri Lanka THE STORY: Sri Lankan protesters swarm leaders' domains THE PHOTOGRAPHERS: Eranga...

Sri Lanka shuts schools as extreme weather brings pollution

Dec. 09, 2022 04:31 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Schools across Sri Lanka were closed on Friday as health and environment officials said the air quality in most parts of the island nation was unhealthy partly due to extreme weather conditions. Polluted air from neighboring India was aggravating the...