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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...

India plans Sri Lanka power project after China's is shelved

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — India signed an agreement to set up hybrid power projects on northern Sri Lankan islands Tuesday in a deal seen as a strategic victory in its competition with China for influ...

Sri Lanka reforms anti-terror law as EU reviews trade scheme

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan lawmakers on Tuesday approved reforms to a harsh anti-terror law that rights groups have long criticized, as the country looks to shore up its trade relations with...

Sri Lankan leader seeks IMF help as economic crisis deepens

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president said Wednesday that his government was in discussions with the International Monetary Fund, other agencies and countries on deferring loan repayments an...

Protesters blame Sri Lanka leader for severe economic crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Anti-government protests roiled Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday amid demands that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resign, as the country suffers its worst economic crisis within ...

Sri Lankan ministers sacked for criticizing economic policy

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president has dismissed two more Cabinet ministers after they publicly criticized the government’s handling of the economy, which they said is causing severe hard...

Higher oil prices push Sri Lanka into deeper economic crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s already dire economic crisis has deepened as oil prices hover near $110 a barrel. Vehicles are stranded with empty tanks, power cuts are depriving students of stu...