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Sri Lanka's leader vows rights reforms as debt crisis looms

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s leader on Tuesday promised human rights reforms and justice for people missing from the country's civil war, after years of resisting calls for such measures. ...

Sri Lanka seeks Chinese debt restructuring amid crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The president of debt-ridden Sri Lanka on Sunday asked China for the restructuring of its loans and access to preferential credit for imports of essential goods, as the islan...

Sri Lanka appoints Jayawardene as consultant coach

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has appointed former captain Mahela Jayawardene as a consultant coach for its national cricket teams of different levels after his impactful role during the first s...

Pakistan police: Mob kills Sri Lankan over alleged blasphemy

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Muslim mob descended on a sports equipment factory in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province on Friday, killing a Sri Lankan man and burning his body publicly over allegations of...

UN expert: Contemporary forms of slavery exist in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A U.N expert says contemporary forms of slavery exist in Sri Lanka, with vulnerable groups such as children, women, ethnic minorities and older people particularly affected. ...

Sri Lanka heeds protests, lifts ban on agrochemical imports

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government has withdrawn a ban on imports of agrochemicals that it said was aimed at encouraging organic cultivation. Agriculture Minister Mahin...

Ferry capsizes in Sri Lanka; at least 6 dead

COLOMBO (AP) — A ferry capsized in eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, killing at least six people, a police spokesperson said. Twenty people have been rescued but it is not certain how ma...

Maldives minister: Failure to limit warming a death sentence

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A failure to limit global warming could mean a “death sentence” for small island nations like the Maldives, including the end of their livelihoods and cultures, the country’s...

Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lanka's first test captain, dies

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Bandula Warnapura, who played in two World Cups and led Sri Lanka in its first cricket test but later received a ban for participating in a rebel tour to South Africa, has di...

Sri Lankan court summons prosecutor in war abduction case

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Friday summoned the country’s attorney general and a former navy commander to explain the prosecutor's decision not to press charges for the abduction a...

Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga retires from all cricket

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who captained Sri Lanka to its 2014 T20 World Cup victory, retired from playing cricket on Tuesday. “Hanging up my T20 shoes and...

Sri Lanka says it is probing allegations against spy agency

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered an investigation of allegations that some members of state intelligence agencies knew and met with people who carried out ...

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...

Sri Lanka teachers on strike over detention of protesters

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Teachers in Sri Lankan government-run schools withdrew from online teaching Monday to protest the detention of union leaders and others in quarantine centers under pandemic l...

Ranatunga criticizes playing India's 'second-string' team

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said it was disrespectful for India to send a “second-string” team for an upcoming series and that his country's cricket board shoul...