Latest Sri Lanka News

What the war in Ukraine means for Asia's climate goals

Oct. 01, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

NEW DELHI, India (AP) — The queues outside petrol pumps in Sri Lanka have lessened, but not the anxiety. Asanka Sampath, a 43-year-old factory clerk, is forever vigilant. He checks his phone for messages, walks past the pump, and browses social media to see if fuel has arrived....

Live updates: U.N. General Assembly

Sep. 24, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly: SAUDI ARABIA Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Saturday that the world needs more fossil fuel investments, a message at odds with the United Nations' own panel of scientists and researchers. ...

China using civilian ships to enhance navy capability, reach

Sep. 24, 2022 04:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Chinese scientific ship bristling with surveillance equipment docked in a Sri Lankan port. Hundreds of fishing boats anchored for months at a time among disputed islands in the South China Sea. And ocean-going ferries, built to be capable of carrying heavy vehicles and large...

Inflation, unrest challenge Bangladesh's 'miracle economy'

Sep. 23, 2022 01:55 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Standing in line to try to buy food, Rekha Begum is distraught. Like many others in Bangladesh, she is struggling to find affordable daily essentials like rice, lentils and onions. “I went to two other places, but they told me they don’t have supplies....

Asian lender ADB cuts forecasts to reflect weakening outlook

Sep. 20, 2022 22:44 PM EDT

The Asian Development Bank has downgraded its forecasts for growth in the region, citing the war in Ukraine, rising interest rates to combat decades-high inflation, and China’s slowing economy. The Manila, Philippines-based lending agency revised its estimate for growth in...

'People’s tribunal' seeks justice over journalist killings

Sep. 20, 2022 02:21 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An unofficial tribunal organized by a group of media freedom organizations declared Mexico, Sri Lanka and Syria guilty of violating international humanitarian law for failing to protect journalists. The People’s Tribunal on the Murder of Journalists,...

Sri Lankan court summons ex-president over 2019 bombings

Sep. 16, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court issued a summons on Friday ordering an ex-president to appear in a case alleging he failed to prevent suicide bomb attacks in 2019 that killed nearly 270 people. The court ordered ex-President Maithripala Sirisena to appear on Oct. 14 in...

USAID head urges crisis-hit Sri Lanka to tackle corruption

Sep. 11, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A visiting U.S. diplomat on Sunday urged Sri Lankan authorities to tackle corruption and introduce governance reforms alongside efforts to uplift the country's economy as a way out of its worst crisis in recent memory. USAID Administrator Samantha Power...

US announces $40 million agricultural aid to Sri Lanka

Sep. 10, 2022 22:48 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The United States on Saturday announced $40 million in aid to buy fertilizer and other key agricultural inputs in time for the next cultivation season in crisis-hit Sri Lanka. USAID Administrator Samantha Power, who is visiting Sri Lanka, made the...

Sri Lanka refuses international human rights investigation

Sep. 05, 2022 08:06 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka will not accept any international investigation imposed by the U.N. Human Rights Council into alleged rights abuses during the country's long civil war, an official said Monday. Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Sabry said the government is willing to...