Latest Sri Lanka News

The Latest: Russian COVID-19 cases spike 47% in a week

Jun. 12, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

MOSCOW — Russia’s national coronavirus taskforce reports the country’s tally of daily new infections has risen by almost half over the past week and more than doubled in Moscow. It says there were 13,510 infections recorded in the previous day, sharply higher than...

Sri Lanka seeks initial $40M from stricken ship's operator

Jun. 12, 2021 07:05 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka is seeking an interim claim of $40 million from the operator of a fire-ravaged cargo ship to cover part of the cost of fighting the blaze, officials said Saturday. Sri Lanka's attorney general has sent the claim to lawyers...

The Latest: California to lift most of state’s virus rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order that will lift most of the state’s coronavirus rules. The order Newsom signed Friday takes effect Tuesday. It will end the state’s stay-at-home order and its various amendments. ...

Sri Lanka testing for oil in waters near stricken cargo ship

Jun. 11, 2021 02:13 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have taken water samples to try to determine whether a fire-ravaged cargo ship slowly sinking off the coast is leaking oil, officials said Friday. Results of the tests taken Thursday by the Marine Environment Protection...

The Latest: Pot-for-shots plan stumbles in Washington state

Jun. 09, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE — Washington state’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program is off to a rough start. Seeking to get more people to get the coronavirus shots, officials announced this week that the state’s nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin...

Rough seas hamper Sri Lankan divers examining sinking ship

Jun. 07, 2021 05:14 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Rough seas and poor underwater visibility are hampering navy divers who are trying to detect any fuel leakage from a fire-ravaged container ship carrying chemicals that is slowly sinking off Sri Lanka’s capital, officials said Monday. Navy...

The Latest: County death toll falls with methodology change

Jun. 06, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

DUBLIN, Calif. — A Northern California county has changed its methodology to record coronavirus deaths, causing its fatality figures to decrease by 25%. The official COVID-19 death count in Alameda County, in the San Francisco Bay Area, fell from 1,634 to 1,223 after...

Data recovered as ship with chemicals sinking off Sri Lanka

Jun. 06, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Experts recovered the data recorder of a fire-ravaged ship carrying chemicals that is slowly sinking off Sri Lanka’s capital, as salvage crews stood by to head off a possible environmental disaster, officials said Sunday. The...

Death toll in Sri Lanka floods, mudslides rises to 14

Jun. 06, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The death toll from floods and mudslides following heavy rains in Sri Lanka rose to 14 with another two missing, officials said Sunday. Ten districts on the Indian Ocean island have been under heavy rainfall since last Thursday, including the...

South Korea beats Turkmenistan 5-0 in World Cup qualifier

Jun. 06, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea resumed its World Cup qualifying campaign after 19 months with a 5-0 win over Turkmenistan on Saturday to move within sight of the third round. Bordeaux striker Hwang Ui-jo opened the scoring in Goyang after 10 minutes and Nam...