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Sri Lanka lifts 6-week virus lockdown amid economic worries

Oct. 01, 2021 04:46 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka lifted a six-week lockdown Friday as COVID-19 cases and deaths decline but will restrict people's movement for work and obtaining essentials only — which are running short in the island country amid economic worries. The lockdown...

Sri Lanka probes prison minister for alleged prisoner threat

Sep. 22, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police are investigating an incident in which the government prisons minister allegedly threatened to kill two ethnic minority detainees inside a prison, an official said Wednesday. Lohan Ratwatte, state minister of Prison Management...

Sri Lanka conservationists fight elephant smuggling in court

Sep. 16, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Environmentalists in Sri Lanka are challenging a court order issued earlier this month that would allow the return of 14 illegally captured wild elephants to people accused of buying them from traffickers. Rights groups and lawyers say the...

Sri Lankan prison minister resigns over prisoner threats

Sep. 15, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan minister in charge of prisons submitted his resignation on Wednesday following a public outcry after he allegedly threatened to kill two ethnic minority prisoners. Lohan Ratwatte, state minister of Prison Management and...

Sunil Perera, outspoken Sri Lankan singer, dies at age 68

Sep. 10, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Singer and musician Sunil Perera entertained generations of Sri Lankans with captivating songs, but won their minds and hearts with his outspoken comments against social injustice, corruption, racism and suppression of democracy. Perera, a...

New Zealand attacker radicalized by neighbors, mother says

Sep. 05, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The mother of an Islamic State-inspired extremist who stabbed shoppers in a New Zealand supermarket said her son was radicalized by neighbors from Syria and Iraq who helped him recover from an injury. The attacker, Ahamed Samsudeen, was a...

Church: Talks on Sri Lankan blasts require gov't credibility

Sep. 01, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan Roman Catholic leader has said the government must win back the confidence of the church before the two sides can hold talks on the church's criticisms of inquiries into 2019 Easter Sunday bomb blasts that killed 269 people. ...

With black flags, Sri Lanka Christians protest bombing probe

Aug. 21, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Christian community hoisted black flags at churches and homes on Saturday to express anger over the government’s investigation into the 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks, which killed 269 people. Twenty-five people were charged...

Sri Lanka banks on vaccination to see it through delta surge

Aug. 16, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Manjula Wijesuriya had COVID-19, but his friends and family say that's not what killed him. When the 51-year-old tutor suffered a heart attack in late July, his loved ones rushed him to a nearby hospital in a suburb of Sri Lanka’s capital,...

Sri Lanka Catholic Church faults government's bombing probe

Aug. 13, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church said Friday that 25 people charged this week in connection with the 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks that killed 269 people could be “smaller fish,” and accused the government of still not taking steps to identify the true...