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Sri Lanka to hold presidential election on Nov. 16

Sep. 18, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election on Nov. 16, the elections office said Wednesday, amid calls for a strong leader to boost national security as the country recovers from deadly Easter Sunday bomb attacks. The coordinated attacks on three churches and three tourist hotels...

Archbishop of Canterbury mourns victims of Sri Lanka attacks

Aug. 29, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Archbishop of Canterbury emphasized the need for Christian unity on Thursday as he paid tribute to the victims of the Easter Sunday bomb attacks at a Roman Catholic church in Sri Lanka. The figurehead of the Church of England, Justin Welby visited St. Sebastian's Church in the...

Sri Lanka attacks boost feared ex-official's bid for power

Aug. 23, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — He is a feared former defense official accused of condoning rape, torture and shadowy disappearances of critics, but to many Sri Lankans, the opposition's presidential candidate is the best choice to protect the South Asian island nation after attacks that killed over 250 people...

Daughter says Sri Lankan PM failed slain journalist father

Aug. 13, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The daughter of a leading journalist killed during the rule of Sri Lanka's former strongman accused the current prime minister on Tuesday of not doing enough to prosecute the strongman's brother for his alleged involvement in her father's killing. He is now the opposition's...

Sri Lanka PM: Country must prepare for new terrorism phase

Aug. 6, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's prime minister on Tuesday told a parliamentary committee investigating the Islamic State-inspired Easter Sunday bomb attacks that the country should prepare itself for new types of terrorism. Existing policing, investigative agencies and laws had experience with ethnic...

Sri Lankan leader says bill to scrap executions is illegal

Aug. 5, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president said Monday that the attorney general has informed him that a bill presented to Parliament last week seeking to abolish the death penalty is illegal. Lawmaker Bandula Lal Bandarigoda presented a bill in Parliament seeking to abolish the death penalty and...

Bill to end death penalty comes as Sri Lanka plans hangings

Aug. 2, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A bill to abolish the death penalty has been submitted to Sri Lanka's Parliament, while the president has sanctioned the hanging of four drug convicts. The bill seems to be a move by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to stop the planned executions, which are now stayed by the...

Sri Lankan cardinal urges independent probe on Easter attack

Jul. 31, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A top leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka on Wednesday called for an independent and transparent commission to investigate the Easter Sunday attack that killed 263 people, saying justice has not yet been served to the victims. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop...

Sri Lanka gives free visa to boost tourism after bomb blasts

Jul. 31, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka announced Wednesday it will give a one-month free visa on arrival to visitors from nearly 50 countries in its latest effort to revive the island nation's lucrative tourism industry that was badly hit by the Easter bomb attacks that killed 263 people. Tourism Minister...

Easter bombings damaged Sri Lanka economy beyond tourism

Jul. 30, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Shocks from deadly suicide bombings on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka are reverberating throughout its economy in the worst crisis since the South Asian island nation's civil war ended in 2009. The blasts that killed more than 250 people were blamed on Islamic extremists. They have...