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Sri Lankan PM warns against return to divisive politics
Sri Lankan PM warns against return to divisive politics

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged Sri Lanka's parties to work together as he began forming a new government backed by minority Tamils.

Sri Lankan PM warns against return to divisive politics
Victorious Sri Lanka PM urges unity after election
Victorious Sri Lanka PM urges unity after election

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe welcomed "the victory of the people" and appealed for unity after an election which seems certain to return his United National Party (UNP) to power.

Victorious Sri Lanka PM urges unity after election
Kerry hails 'enormous progress' in new-look Sri Lanka
Kerry hails 'enormous progress' in new-look Sri Lanka

US Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Sri Lanka for making "enormous progress" since the departure of strongman Mahinda Rajapakse.

Kerry hails 'enormous progress' in new-look Sri Lanka
Pope heads to Sri Lanka, kicking off Asia trip
Pope heads to Sri Lanka, kicking off Asia trip

Pope Francis set off for a six-day trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, where his open-air masses are expected to draw millions.

Pope heads to Sri Lanka, kicking off Asia trip
Sirisena to be sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president
Sirisena to be sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president

Maithripala Sirisena will be sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president after the strongman incumbent conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election.

Sirisena to be sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president
Sri Lanka votes in tightest election in decades
Sri Lanka votes in tightest election in decades

Sri Lankans turned out in large numbers, shrugging off some reports of intimidation to vote in the island's tightest election in decades.

Sri Lanka votes in tightest election in decades
Kerry pushes Sri Lanka leader to hold 'free, fair' polls
Kerry pushes Sri Lanka leader to hold 'free, fair' polls

Top US diplomat John Kerry has urged Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to ensure that Thursday's elections are peaceful and credible.

Kerry pushes Sri Lanka leader to hold 'free, fair' polls
UN chief urges peaceful Sri Lanka vote
UN chief urges peaceful Sri Lanka vote

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the Sri Lankan government to ensure next week's elections are peaceful and that minorities are able to vote without fear.

UN chief urges peaceful Sri Lanka vote
Hard-line Myanmar monk to battle 'jihad threat'
Hard-line Myanmar monk to battle 'jihad threat'

A controversial Buddhist cleric from Myanmar announced he is linking up with hardline monks in Sri Lanka.

Hard-line Myanmar monk to battle 'jihad threat'
China's Xi pledges closer defence ties with Sri Lanka
China's Xi pledges closer defence ties with Sri Lanka

China's President announced increased defence and maritime security cooperation with Sri Lanka.

China's Xi pledges closer defence ties with Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka jails killers of British tourist
Sri Lanka jails killers of British tourist

A Sri Lankan ruling party politician and three accomplices were Friday sentenced to 20 years in jai for murdering a British holidaymaker on Christmas Eve and raping his Russian partner.

Sri Lanka jails killers of British tourist
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. ©Reuters/Larry Downing
Asylum-seeker mothers 'attempt suicide' to get kids to Australia

A dozen mothers in an asylum-seeker camp have reportedly attempted suicide so their children can be settled in Australia, piling pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott who said Wednesday he would not be morally blackmailed.

Asylum-seeker mothers 'attempt suicide' to get kids to Australia
Sri Lanka delays digging up suspected Muslim mass grave
Sri Lanka delays digging up suspected Muslim mass grave

A magistrate has postponed Tuesday's scheduled start of an operation to exhume a suspected mass war grave on Sri Lanka's east coast after police said they needed more preparation time, an official said.

Sri Lanka delays digging up suspected Muslim mass grave
Curfew in Sri Lanka resorts as religious riots spread
Curfew in Sri Lanka resorts as religious riots spread

Sri Lanka's police extended a curfew across two popular coastal resorts Sunday to contain religious riots that left at least 41 people wounded and heightened tensions between Muslims and Buddhists.

Curfew in Sri Lanka resorts as religious riots spread
Sri Lankan asylum-seeker sets himself on fire in Australia
Sri Lankan asylum-seeker sets himself on fire in Australia

A Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seeker has died after setting himself on fire while awaiting a visa decision in Australia, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said.

Sri Lankan asylum-seeker sets himself on fire in Australia
©Reuters/Thomas Mukoya
Elephants from Canada take up residence in US zoo

Three female Asian elephants took up residence at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington on Friday after a 2,500-mile (4,000-kilometer) road trip from western Canada.

Elephants from Canada take up residence in US zoo
Humanitarian aid. ©RIA
Kazakhstan to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

Kazakhstan will render $2 million worth of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan this year.

Kazakhstan to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan
Sri Lanka detains British tourist over Buddha tattoo
Sri Lanka detains British tourist over Buddha tattoo

Sri Lanka has detained a female British tourist for having a Buddha tattoo on her right arm and ordered her deportation, police said.

Sri Lanka detains British tourist over Buddha tattoo
©Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Sri Lanka troops kill three men in search for Tigers

Sri Lanka's military on Friday shot dead three men during an operation against suspected Tamil separatist rebels, in the first major confrontation since the end of the island's war nearly five years ago, a spokesman said.

Sri Lanka troops kill three men in search for Tigers
©Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Sri Lanka family finds mass grave in garden

A Sri Lankan family has stumbled upon the remains of at least nine bodies buried in the garden of their home, police said Saturday, the latest mass grave to be discovered in the country's former war zone.

Sri Lanka family finds mass grave in garden

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