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A political reckoning in Sri Lanka as debt crisis grows

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sherry Fonseka joined millions in 2019 in electing President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a military strategist whose brutal campaign helped end Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war 10 years...

Sri Lanka, China discusses loan from Beijing to cover debts

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s government said Tuesday it is discussing obtaining another loan from Beijing to repay some of its debt to Chinese banks after China told the nearly bankrupt islan...

Rights group demands probe into Sri Lanka police shooting

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international human rights group urged Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a prompt and impartial probe into a police shooting that left one person dead and 13 others injur...

Sri Lankan PM says president's powers will be reduced

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s prime minister said Tuesday the constitution will be changed to clip presidential powers and empower Parliament as protesters continued to call on the president a...

Sri Lankan protesters mark new year near president's office

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankans shared milk rice and oil cakes to celebrate their traditional new year on Thursday opposite President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office, where they camped out for a six...

Sri Lanka's prime minister offers to meet with protesters

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa offered Wednesday to meet with protesters occupying the entrance to the president's office, saying he would listen to their ideas ...

Sri Lanka halts debt repayment pending IMF bailout plan

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka is suspending its repayment of foreign debt, including bonds and government-to-government borrowings, pending the completion of a loan restructuring program with th...

PM says protests are hurting rebuilding of Sri Lanka economy

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa appealed for protesters to end the weeks of mass demonstrations that have called for the government to resign over the country’s w...

Sri Lankans occupy president's office entrance for 2nd day

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan protesters occupied the entrance to the president’s office for a second day on Sunday, demanding Gotabaya Rajapaksa resign over the debt-ridden country’s worst eco...

Pressure mounts on Sri Lanka leader to quit as crisis grows

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Thousands of Sri Lankans rallied in the country’s main business district and Christian clergy marched in the capital to observe a day of protest on Saturday calling on the de...

Sri Lanka medical group warns of catastrophic shortages

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's national medical association warned Thursday that hospitals will be unable to provide even emergency services in coming weeks because of critical shortages of dru...

Sri Lanka opposition rejects proposed unity government

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's largest opposition party rejected the president's invitation to form a unity government, as protests continued Monday over the country's worst economic crisis in ...

Dozens arrested in Sri Lanka following protests over economy

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Dozens of people were arrested in Sri Lanka following protests near the president's home demanding that he resign amid the country's worst economic crisis in memory, police s...

Sri Lankans protest near president's residence

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka police fired tear gas and a water canon to disperse several hundred people protesting Thursday near the private residence of the country’s president, demanding his ...

Bay of Bengal nations resolve to face calamities together

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An organization of seven Bay of Bengal nations said its members must urgently use their geographical advantage and other resources to address their post-pandemic vulnerabilit...