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Maldives' ex-vice president who fled to India brought back

Aug. 4, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — A former vice president of Maldives who was arrested after fleeing to neighboring India to avoid questioning over the alleged embezzlement of state funds was brought back to Maldives on Sunday night. India had refused entry to former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb on Thursday and later...

Maldives police arrest ex-vice president who fled to India

Aug. 3, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Maldives police said Saturday that they arrested a former vice president who had sought asylum in India after fleeing the Indian Ocean archipelago nation to avoid questioning over the alleged embezzlement of state funds and were bringing him back to the Maldives. Former Vice...

Sri Lanka to slash airline charges to help boost tourism

Jul. 9, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government announced Tuesday it will reduce ground handling charges for airlines and slash aviation fuel prices and embarkation fees to help the country's vital tourism industry recover after Easter suicide bombings killed more than 250 people. Tourism Minister John...

Visits to Sri Lanka down sharply after hotel, church attacks

Jul. 3, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka rapidly declined in June, showing the severe economic impact of the Easter bombings on the Indian Ocean island nation. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said Wednesday there were 63,072 tourist visits to Sri Lanka last month, a drop of 57%...

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...