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Sri Lanka leader suspends parliament until policy address

Jan. 28, 2023 04:48 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president suspended Parliament until Feb. 8, when he said he would announced a new set of long-term policies to address a range of issues including an unprecedented economic crisis that has engulfed the Indian Ocean nation for months. President...

Sri Lanka says debt-restructuring talks making progress

Jan. 25, 2023 19:40 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Debt-stricken Sri Lanka’s Central Bank chief said Wednesday that the country is making good progress in talks with its creditors to obtain financial assurances for debt restructuring, an important step toward finalizing an International Monetary Fund rescue plan. ...

India backs Sri Lanka to secure IMF bailout plan amid crisis

Jan. 20, 2023 05:05 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — India's foreign minister said Friday his country has given financial assurances to the International Monetary Fund to facilitate a bailout plan to help neighboring Sri Lanka emerge from its worst economic crisis, in a first formal announcement from one of the island...

Sri Lanka urged to free student activist held over protests

Jan. 17, 2023 10:08 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Human rights groups urged Sri Lanka's government to release a prominent student activist who was arrested five months ago during anti-government protests triggered by the country's worst economic crisis and has been held without charges under harsh anti-terrorism laws. ...

Sri Lanka church seeks criminal justice for Easter bombings

Jan. 13, 2023 06:26 AM EST

Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church urged the country Friday to criminally prosecute its former leader for negligence, a day after the top court ordered him to pay compensation to the victims of the 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks that killed nearly 270 people. Two local Muslim groups that...

Sri Lankan court orders ex-leader to pay victims of bombings

Jan. 13, 2023 00:20 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that inaction by the country’s former president and four others led to Easter Sunday bomb attacks in 2019 that killed nearly 270 people and ordered them to pay compensation for violating the basic rights of the victims and...

Rights group: Litany of crises in 2022 but also good signs

Jan. 12, 2023 05:32 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Widespread opposition to Russia's invasion of Ukraine demonstrates the strength of a unified response against human rights abuses, and there are signs that power is shifting as people take to the streets to demonstrate their dissatisfaction in Iran, China and elsewhere,...

Sri Lanka's government cuts expenses as economy tanks

Jan. 10, 2023 07:25 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government said Tuesday it was cutting down expenses in the latest austerity drive to help it recover from its worst economic crisis. Government spokesman and Media Minister Bandula Gunawardena said each ministry's annual budget will be cut 5%....

South Asian eateries try ‘going local’ as recovery strategy

Dec. 31, 2022 00:04 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hotels and restaurants across South Asia have had to adapt and reimagine dining out since the pandemic ripped through the region, forcing many out of business. Those that have survived are tapping local sources and going online. In India, from...

UN urges rescue of refugees adrift in Andaman Sea

Dec. 23, 2022 07:54 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The United Nations and other groups urged countries in southern Asia on Friday to rescue as many as 190 people believed to be Rohingya refugees aboard a small boat that has been adrift for several weeks in the Andaman Sea. Most of those on board are thought to be...