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Sri Lanka moves to compensate war victims after years of delay

Sri Lanka moves to compensate war victims after years of delay

Sri Lanka on Wednesday announced the first steps in a long-delayed process to compensate victims of the civil war, nearly a decade after the end of the conflict which claimed 100,000 lives.

Sri Lanka's president suspends parliament until May 8

Sri Lanka's president suspends parliament until May 8

The move came after the government promised a cabinet reshuffle after a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was defeated last week.

Lankan PM faces confidence vote as key ally plans to defect

Lankan PM faces confidence vote as key ally plans to defect

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe faces a no-confidence motion on Wednesday that could go down to the wire and lead to political instability in the island nation, even if the government manages to scrape a win.

Sri Lankan troops guard Kandy after shops, mosque attacked

Sri Lankan troops guard Kandy after shops, mosque attacked

Sri Lankan police said petrol bombs were hurled at a mosque on Thursday as hundreds of troops patrolled a troubled central district where violence has left three people dead.

Fresh arson attacks in Sri Lanka despite emergency laws

Fresh arson attacks in Sri Lanka despite emergency laws

Soldiers poured into Kandy to reinforce police but arson attacks persisted even though the government has imposed a nationwide state of emergency and suspended the internet.

Five people wounded in clashes in Sri Lanka

Five people wounded in clashes in Sri Lanka

Police had been deployed in the eastern town of Ampara to control the unrest after a Sinhalese mob attacked a mosque, four shops and several vehicles.

Sirisena reshuffles cabinet after local election rout

Sirisena reshuffles cabinet after local election rout

The governing coalition of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) blamed the defeats at least partly on its lack of progress in several anti-corruption investigations.

Sri Lanka coalition partner seeks reforms after poll defeat

Sri Lanka coalition partner seeks reforms after poll defeat

The JHU, or the National Heritage Party, said Saturday's vote showed the people were unhappy with the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, which has struggled to overcome internal divisions.

Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote

Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote

Sri Lanka's ruling alliance was humiliated on Sunday in local elections seen as a test of its leadership as the party of former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse pulled off a stunning landslide victory, final results showed.

Sri Lankan police arrest two over alleged bond scam

Sri Lankan police arrest two over alleged bond scam

Sri Lankan police said on Sunday they had arrested two officials from primary dealer Perpetual Treasuries Ltd, which was named in a report as being involved in an alleged government bond scam in 2015.

Sri Lanka defends diplomat facing warcrimes charges

Sri Lanka defends diplomat facing warcrimes charges

Sri Lanka's president Sunday defended his ambassador to Latin America who faces war crimes allegations over his role as a senior army officer during and after the island's ethnic war.

Indian PM in Sri Lanka for UN Buddhist event

Indian PM in Sri Lanka for UN Buddhist event

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday to take part in a United Nations Buddhist event, officials said.