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Sri Lanka approves vaccine amid warnings of virus spread

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to be used against COVID-19 amid warnings from doctors that frontline health workers should be quickly vaccinated to sto...

Sri Lankan court acquits ex-rebel lawmaker of murder charges

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Wednesday acquitted a rebel-turned-lawmaker of charges that he was involved in the killing of an ethnic Tamil legislator at the height of the island’s l...

Daughter of slain Sri Lankan journalist files UN complaint

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A daughter of a slain Sri Lankan journalist filed a complaint Friday with the United Nations Human Rights Committee over alleged government involvement in her father’s death ...

India says it will prioritize Sri Lanka in providing vaccine

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — India's foreign minister told Sri Lanka's president on Wednesday that Sri Lanka will be prioritized when Indian-produced COVID-19 vaccines are ready for export, the president...

Poor countries face long wait for vaccines despite promises

NEW DELHI (AP) — With Americans, Britons and Canadians rolling up their sleeves to receive coronavirus vaccines, the route out of the pandemic now seems clear to many in the West, even if the rollout ...

Rights group asks Sri Lanka to probe deadly prison unrest

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international human rights group has asked Sri Lanka to conduct an impartial investigation into prison unrest and the use of live ammunition by guards that resulted in the...

Sri Lanka Parliament votes to strengthen presidential power

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — With a large majority, Sri Lanka's Parliament on Thursday approved a constitutional amendment that will concentrate powers in the president and allow duel citizens to hold po...

Sri Lanka court: Constitutional amendment needs referendum

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s highest court has ruled that four sections of a proposed amendment to the constitution that would consolidate power in the president’s hands will need approval in...

Sri Lanka Catholic bishops oppose proposed charter amendment

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Catholic leaders urged the government on Tuesday not to proceed with a constitutional amendment that would consolidate power in the president’s hands, saying it w...

Sri Lankan minister criticizes India for power-sharing call

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan minister said Thursday that India has no moral right to interfere in the country’s internal affairs by insisting on power sharing with minority Tamils because Ne...

Proposed Sri Lankan charter change raises rights concerns

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A proposed amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution that would consolidate power in the president’s hands has raised concerns about the independence of the country’s institution...

Sri Lanka government proposes increased presidential powers

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s government has drafted a constitutional amendment that would increase the powers of the president, allowing him to lead ministries and appoint officials to key po...

Sri Lankan leader to scrap charter clause limiting powers

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president said Thursday he will use the overwhelming mandate received by his governing coalition in recent parliamentary elections to remove a constitutional amen...

Sri Lanka polls: Rajapaksa brothers heading for landslide

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s powerful and popular Rajapaksa brothers were heading to a landslide victory in the country’s Parliamentary election, according to results released by the election...

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...