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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...

Sri Lankan doctors strike over salary 'injustice'

Sep. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Doctors at state-run hospitals across Sri Lanka began a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, demanding that the government resolve what they say is a salary "injustice." Two years ago, the government gave an unusually high salary increase to legal officers in the government sector,...

Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority north shuts down to support rally

Sep. 16, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Shops were shut in Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil-majority north on Monday in support of a rally demanding an international probe into alleged atrocities during the nation's civil war and an end to reported state-sponsored efforts to change the ethnic balance of the Tamils' traditional...

Elephant injures 18 in Sri Lanka Buddhist pageant

Sep. 9, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An elephant taking part in a Buddhist pageant in Sri Lanka has run berserk, injuring at least 18 people. Video on Derana Television of Saturday night's pageant in Kotte, near Colombo, showed an elephant in a procession suddenly running forward. Terrified people scattered, with...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Sep. 5, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

New Zealand's Mitchell Santner takes a catch to dismiss Sri Lanka's Avishka Fernando in their second Twenty20 match, won by New Zealand for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Vladimir Ivlev dunks against South Korea in a Russian victory at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. In other images from the Asia-Pacific...

Australia says more Sri Lankans trying to migrate illegally

Sep. 3, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An Australian general in charge of combating illegal migration said Tuesday that there's been an increase in the number of Sri Lankans seeking to enter Australia illegally by boat in recent months. Maj. Gen. Craig Furini, head of Operation Sovereign Borders, said during a visit to...

Sri Lanka church bomber's remains exhumed after protests

Sep. 2, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The remains of a suicide bomber who attacked a church in eastern Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday were exhumed on Monday after a court order that they be reburied elsewhere following public protests. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the remains were removed from Kalliyankadu...

Sri Lanka court orders reburial of suicide bomber's remains

Aug. 30, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Friday ordered police to exhume the remains of an Easter Sunday suicide bomber from a public cemetery after hundreds of people, including relatives of victims, blocked roads in an angry protest. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, who complained...

Anglican Church head says religions must own up to extremism

Aug. 30, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Archbishop of Canterbury said all religions and their leaders must own up to extremist activities within their faith and examine which of their traditional teachings enable extremists to commit evil. Rev. Justin Welby, the figurehead of the worldwide Anglican Church, told...

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...