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Sri Lanka settles sovereign bond payment as reserves dwindle

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has paid $500 million due on sovereign bonds from its badly depleted foreign reserves despite calls by experts to defer the payment and use the sum to import essent...

Sri Lanka vaccinates children as doctors warn of COVID surge

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan health authorities on Friday began vaccinating children aged 12 to 15, as the island nation’s top medical specialists warned of a wave of COVID-19 infections in th...

Sri Lanka, India sign deal to redevelop aging oil terminal

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has entered into an agreement with India to redevelop a strategic oil terminal that has nearly 100 large oil tanks, Sri Lanka's Energy Ministry announced Thursday. ...

Sri Lanka leader sacks minister who criticized farm policy

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa sacked a government minister on Tuesday after he criticized a now-abandoned government decision to ban chemical fertilizers. ...

Sri Lanka to sign oil terminal deal with India

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has agreed with India to jointly redevelop a strategic oil terminal consisting of nearly 100 large oil tanks, Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila said Tuesday. ...

Sri Lanka requiring COVID-19 card for entry to public places

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka will require the showing of a COVID-19 vaccination certificate compulsory for entry to public places starting from Jan. 1, in a renewed attempt to prevent another s...

In Buddhism, women blaze a path but strive for gender equity

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, born in England, has devoted her life to attaining enlightenment in a female form — at one stage spending years isolated in a cave in the Himalayas to follow the rigorous path o...

Sri Lanka reports 1st omicron case in returnee from Nigeria

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka announced Friday it has confirmed its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in an unvaccinated person who returned from Nigeria. He...

Sri Lanka rolls out booster jabs amid warning of virus surge

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities on Monday began to roll out COVID-19 booster shots to frontline workers as the South Asian nation's top medical association warned of a possible virus ...

Sri Lanka gives booster shots to front-line workers, seniors

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka on Saturday announced plans to offer booster shots to front-line workers followed by the elderly as the island nation gears up to further ease COVID-19 restrictions...

Sri Lanka lifts 6-week virus lockdown amid economic worries

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 runnin...

Sri Lanka probes prison minister for alleged prisoner threat

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 offici...

Sri Lankan prison minister resigns over prisoner threats

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

Sri Lanka economy in crisis as debt mounts, reserves dwindle

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has cut back on imports of farm chemicals, cars and even its staple spice turmeric as its foreign exchange reserves dwindle, hindering its ability to repay a mounta...

Fire erupts on cargo ship in Indian Ocean, 1 crew missing

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A fire broke out on a container ship sailing toward Singapore in the Indian Ocean and one of its crew is missing, Sri Lankan and Indian authorities said Friday. ...