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Sri Lanka leader orders execution of 4 drug convicts

Jun. 26, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president said on Wednesday that he has ordered the executions of four drug offenders who will be hanged in prison soon, amid alarm over drug-related crimes in this Indian Ocean island nation. The executions if carried out will end a 43-year moratorium on capital...

Probe advised of ex-defense secretary over Sri Lankan blasts

Jun. 25, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's attorney general advised the acting police chief on Monday to launch a criminal investigation of the former defense secretary over "major lapses" that contributed to security failures ahead of Easter suicide bombings that killed more than 250 people. Attorney General...

Police to face criminal probe on 'lapses' over Easter blast

Jun. 20, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's attorney general on Thursday directed the acting police chief to initiate a criminal investigation against nine senior police officers for their "lapses" to prevent and minimize the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed more than 250 people. In a letter sent to...

Expert: UN failed before Rohingya crackdown in Myanmar

Jun. 18, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent review of United Nations operations in the years before hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar's military concluded that the organization's many bodies failed to act together, resulting in "systemic and structural failures." The...

Indian police accuse man of spreading Islamic State ideology

Jun. 14, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police said they have arrested a Facebook friend of the suspected mastermind of the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka for spreading Islamic State group ideology on social media to recruit young people to participate in a terrorist attack in southern India. A criminal case was...

5 suspects in Easter bombings extradited to Sri Lanka

Jun. 14, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Five key suspects in Easter Sunday bomb attacks on Sri Lankan churches and hotels have been extradited from the Middle East, police said Friday. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the suspects arrived early Friday from Saudi Arabia after their arrest in an unspecified Middle...

Easter attack probe continues despite president's objection

Jun. 12, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan lawmaker said Wednesday that a parliamentary committee will continue questioning security and intelligence officials about lapses that preceded Easter Sunday bomb attacks by Islamic extremists, despite objections by the country's president. Jayampathi Wickramaratne...

Rights group cheers Bhutan's move toward legalizing gay sex

Jun. 9, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A global rights group on Sunday welcomed Bhutan's move toward becoming the latest South Asian nation to decriminalize homosexuality. The tiny Himalayan kingdom's lower house of Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to repeal provisions that said "unnatural sex" is illegal. The bill...

India, Sri Lanka agree to step up anti-terrorism efforts

Jun. 9, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage Sunday to the more than 250 Sri Lankans killed in the Easter suicide bombings, and agreed with Sri Lanka's leaders to step up cooperation to combat terrorism. Modi, on his first overseas tour since being reelected this spring,...

Modi visits Maldives, signaling India's return as key ally

Jun. 8, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first overseas trip since being elected to a second term by traveling to the Maldives, where the new president pledged closer ties with New Delhi in a departure from his predecessor's pro-China policy. Modi met with Maldivian President...