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EU gives counterterror support package to Sri Lanka

Jul. 15, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union said Monday that it has agreed to provide an 8.5 million euro ($9.6 million) package to help Sri Lanka battle terrorism following Easter Sunday bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people. It said EU officials held talks on Monday with Sri Lanka's acting...

Sri Lankan government defeats no-confidence motion

Jul. 11, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government on Thursday defeated a no-confidence motion in Parliament that accused it of failing to prevent Easter Sunday bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people. The motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's government was defeated by a vote of 119...

Sri Lanka government faces no-confidence vote over attacks

Jul. 10, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Parliament on Wednesday began debating a no-confidence motion against the government for failing to prevent Easter suicide bombings that killed more than 250 people. The opposition Marxist Peoples' Liberation Front submitted a motion accusing the ruling coalition of...

Sri Lanka officials accused of blast negligence granted bail

Jul. 9, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Tuesday granted bail to the country's police chief and former top defense bureaucrat a week after they were arrested for alleged criminal negligence leading to Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people. The court ruled that there was...

Sri Lanka's top court stays executions until Oct. 30

Jul. 5, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Friday issued a temporary injunction against the execution of four people, a week after the country's president announced he would end the country's 43-year moratorium on the death penalty. The court issued the injunction until Oct. 30 in response to a...

Senior Sri Lanka officials ordered detained over bombing

Jul. 3, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan magistrate ordered the detention of the country's suspended police chief and its former defense secretary on Wednesday, a day after they were arrested for alleged negligence leading to Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people at churches and hotels....

Sri Lankan PM opposes president's move to hang drug convicts

Jul. 2, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's prime minister opposes a decision by the president to execute drug convicts, saying the country must conduct its affairs in a civilized manner, his office said Tuesday. A statement from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's office said Sri Lanka under President...

Ex-Sri Lanka officials arrested over negligence in bombings

Jul. 2, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police on Tuesday arrested the country's police chief, currently on compulsory leave, and its former defense secretary for alleged negligence leading to the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people at churches and hotels. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara...

Sri Lanka recruits 2 hangmen ahead of planned execution

Jul. 1, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan prison authorities have recruited two hangmen ahead of planned executions that would end a 43-year old moratorium on death penalty, an official said on Monday. The recruitment of the two hangmen comes as the prison authorities are preparing to carry out an order by Sri...

EU says planned Sri Lanka executions contradict commitments

Jun. 28, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union has criticized Sri Lanka's move to resume executions, saying it would directly contradict the country's commitment to maintain a 43-year moratorium on death penalty at the U.N. General Assembly last year. The EU said in a statement Thursday that Sri Lanka's...