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German court convicts Tamil man over killing of Sri Lanka FM

Jan. 20, 2020 11:56 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German court convicted a Sri Lankan man Monday of accessory to murder in the 2005 killing of the South Asian nation's foreign minister for providing his assassins with crucial information. The regional court in Stuttgart concluded that the defendant, previously identified only as Navanithan...

In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, file photo, a Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil woman cries holding a portrait of her missing son during a protest in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's president has decided that tens of thousands of people still missing from the country's quarter-century civil war will be formally declared dead and death certificates will be issued, his office said Monday. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka to treat war-missing as dead, issue certificates

Jan. 20, 2020 7:39 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president has decided that tens of thousands of people still missing from the country's quarter-century civil war will be formally declared dead and death certificates will be issued, his office said Monday. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made his decision known last...

Sri Lanka lifts ban on drones imposed after Easter attacks

Jan. 18, 2020 3:58 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have lifted a ban on drones that was imposed after the Easter Sunday attacks that left 263 people dead in the Indian Ocean island nation. The lifting of the ban comes amid a growing demand for flying drones from media institutions, foreigners, wedding...

Sri Lanka's top police sleuth suspended over phone calls

Jan. 8, 2020 7:26 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police have suspended a leading investigator who probed the killings of journalists and alleged abductions during the presidency of the current president's brother for discussing a politically sensitive murder case in a phone call with a government minister. The police...

On lookers watch the wreckage of a bus following an accident in Madolsima in Passara, Sri Lanka on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. At least six people were killed and dozens were injured. (AP Photo/Prasanna Padmasiri)

Bus accident in Sri Lanka kills 6, injures more than 30

Jan. 6, 2020 10:08 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A passenger bus plunged off the road in Sri Lanka's tea-growing hill country on Monday, killing six people and injuring more than 30. Police said a bus belonging to the state-run bus company fell into a precipice near the small mountain town of Madulsima, about 250 kilometers (155...

Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa addresses the parliament during the ceremonial inauguration of the session in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka president urges limit on minority political power

Jan. 3, 2020 3:17 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's new president on Friday endorsed amending the constitution to reduce the power of minority political parties, saying the country wasn't suited to a system that creates unstable governments “constantly under the influence of extremism.” In a policy speech...

Sri Lanka air force plane crashes. killing all 4 aboard

Jan. 3, 2020 2:45 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan air force plane crashed on a tea estate in the island's mountains Friday, killing the four crewmembers on board and injuring a civilian on the ground. The crash occurred in Haputale district about 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of the capital Colombo, said air force...

FILE- In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 file photo, a Swiss Embassy employee who was detained pending charges that she made statements to create disaffection toward the government and fabricated evidence, center, walks out with two unidentified embassy employees after getting bail in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Swiss embassy in Sri Lanka  has recalled that the safety of diplomatic missions is a responsibility of the host state, days after a local Swiss embassy staffer detained for two weeks for allegedly causing disaffection toward the government was released on bail. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Switzerland stresses diplomatic safety in Sri Lanka arrest

Jan. 1, 2020 4:41 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Swiss Embassy in Sri Lanka said that the safety of diplomatic missions is the responsibility of the host state, days after a local staffer who complained of being assaulted was released on bail while being investigated for maligning the government. Before her arrest, the Sri...

Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of abducted Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda addresses the media in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Prageeth went missing in 2010 during the presidency of Mahinda Rajapaksa, the brother of current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Abducted Sri Lanka journalist's wife: Military derails case

Dec. 31, 2019 6:03 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The wife of an abducted Sri Lankan journalist is accusing the military of trying to derail a court case in which nine soldiers have been charged with her husband's abduction and enforced disappearance nearly 10 years ago. Sandya Ekneligoda, who has struggled for years to seek...

A Swiss Embassy employee who was detained pending charges that she made statements to create disaffection toward the government and fabricated evidence, center, walks out with two unidentified embassy employees after getting bail in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Swiss Embassy worker detained in Sri Lanka gets bail

Dec. 30, 2019 7:18 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan Court on Monday granted bail to a Swiss Embassy employee who was detained pending charges that she made statements to create disaffection toward the government and fabricated evidence. Before her arrest, the employee, a Sri Lankan national, had reportedly said she was...