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Sri Lanka names captain of oil tanker a suspect in fire

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan magistrate on Thursday ordered the captain of an oil tanker that caught fire off the country's coast to appear in court as authorities seek $1.8 million from the...

Arrests of narcotics police highlight Sri Lanka drug problem

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — For years, authorities in Sri Lanka have tried to rid the Indian Ocean island nation of illegal drugs, even attempting to lift a decades-old moratorium on the death penalty t...

Salvagers working to repair leak on oil tanker off Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Expert salvagers have begun working on a fire-stricken oil tanker off Sri Lanka’s coast after an Indian coast guard aircraft sprayed dispersants to contain an oil slick comin...

Fresh fires on oil tanker off Sri Lanka under control

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Fresh fires that erupted on a large oil tanker drifting off Sri Lanka are under control again, the navy said Wednesday. A new blaze broke out Monday on the...

Ships, aircraft fight new fire on oil tanker off Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Ships and aircraft from Sri Lanka and India intensified efforts to extinguish a new fire on oil tanker off Sri Lanka's coast on Tuesday, two days after the previous three-day...

Sri Lanka assessing environment damage from oil tanker fire

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government is sending scientists to determine whether a three-day fire on a giant oil tanker off its coast damaged the marine environment, an official said Monday...

Experts join efforts to salvage burning tanker off Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A team of experts is joining efforts to salvage a large oil tanker that has been burning for the fourth day Sunday off Sri Lanka, the country's navy said. ...

Fire on tanker off Sri Lanka under control, ship towed away

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The fire on a large oil tanker off Sri Lanka's coast has been brought under control but is still not extinguished, the navy said Saturday. Four tug boats, ...

Flotilla from Sri Lanka, India try to douse oil tanker fire

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A flotilla from Sri Lanka and India was escalating efforts to douse a fire raging on an oil tanker east of Sri Lanka for a second day Friday. The fire start...

1 missing, 1 injured in fire on oil tanker near Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A fire broke out on an oil tanker off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka on Thursday, leaving one of its 23 crew members missing and another injured, a navy spokesman said. ...

Case by case: How nations are going back to school -- or not

PARIS (AP) — The U.N. says it's urgent to get kids back to schools after months-long coronavirus lockdowns, but with the virus still raging in parts of the United States and resurging in countries fro...

3 Rajapaksas sworn into Sri Lanka's new Cabinet after vote

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president swore into office a new Cabinet on Wednesday that includes two of his elder brothers and a nephew, after a landslide election victory last week. ...

Rajapaksa sworn in as PM in Sri Lanka, cementing family rule

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the prime minister for the fourth time Sunday after his party secured a landslide victory in parliamentary elec...

Rajapaksa brothers to get strong support in Sri Lanka polls

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s powerful, popular Rajapaksa brothers are likely to get strong support in parliamentary elections Wednesday that could add to their family political dynasty and th...

Man blamed for nearly half Sri Lanka virus cases speaks out

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — For months he’s been anonymous, but now Prasad Dinesh, linked by Sri Lankan authorities to nearly half of the country's more than 2,600 coronavirus cases, is trying to clear ...