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Group seeks ex-Sri Lankan president's arrest in Singapore

Jul. 24, 2022 21:18 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A human rights group said Sunday it had filed a criminal complaint with Singapore’s attorney general to seek the arrest of Sri Lanka’s former president for alleged war crimes during his country’s civil war. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was ousted from office...

Sri Lanka president gets long-sought win, faces challenges

Jul. 23, 2022 04:24 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Six times Sri Lanka's prime minister, President Ranil Wickremesinghe had long aspired to the pinnacle of power, enduring setback after setback but always managing to recover from seemingly impossible defeats. He has moved quickly to consolidate his...

New Sri Lankan president divisive choice for fixing crisis

Jul. 20, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s prime minister was elected president Wednesday by lawmakers who opted for a seasoned, veteran leader to lead the country out of economic collapse, despite widespread public opposition. Ranil Wickremesinghe, an ally of ousted President...

Sri Lanka lawmakers to pick new president among PM, 2 rivals

Jul. 19, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s prime minister and acting president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, will face two rivals in a parliamentary vote Wednesday on who will succeed the ousted leader who fled the country last week amid huge protests triggered by its economic collapse. ...

A brief history of the rise, fall of Sri Lanka's president

Jul. 13, 2022 22:41 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Before he fled Sri Lanka on Wednesday amid a crushing economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the last of six members of the country's most influential family still clinging to power. Rajapaksa and his wife flew on a military jet to the city of...

EXPLAINER: What's happened and what's next in Sri Lanka

Jul. 13, 2022 01:50 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president, who had announced he would resign Wednesday, has fled the country after months of turmoil culminated in protesters converging on the presidential palace. Here's what’s happening in Sri Lanka: — The country is hurtling toward...

President and PM: 2 men at heart of Sri Lankan crisis

Jul. 10, 2022 20:40 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — As Sri Lanka's crisis peaked this weekend, two men in the center of the turmoil brought about by the country's economic collapse promised they would heed the call of tens of thousands of angry protesters and resign. One is President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the last of...

EXPLAINER: Why Sri Lanka's economy collapsed and what's next

Jul. 09, 2022 20:36 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s prime minister said late last month that the island nation’s debt-laden economy had “collapsed” as it runs out of money to pay for food and fuel. Short of cash to pay for imports of such necessities and already defaulting on its debt, it is seeking...

Gas lines and scuffles: Sri Lanka faces humanitarian crisis

Jul. 09, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Chamila Nilanthi is tired of all the waiting. The 47-year-old mother of two spent three days lining up to get kerosene in the Sri Lankan town of Gampaha, northeast of the capital, Colombo. Two weeks earlier she spent three days in a queue for cooking gas — but came...

Sri Lanka crisis gives India chance to gain sway vs China

Jun. 30, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Sri Lanka's strategic location has attracted outsized interest in the small island nation from regional giants China and India for more than a decade, with Beijing and its free-flowing loans and infrastructure investments widely seen as having gained the upper hand in the quest...