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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged Sri Lanka's parties to work together as he began forming a new government backed by minority Tamils.
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.
US Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Sri Lanka for making "enormous progress" since the departure of strongman Mahinda Rajapakse.
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.
Maithripala Sirisena will be sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president after the strongman incumbent conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election.
Sri Lankans turned out in large numbers, shrugging off some reports of intimidation to vote in the island's tightest election in decades.
Top US diplomat John Kerry has urged Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to ensure that Thursday's elections are peaceful and credible.
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.
A controversial Buddhist cleric from Myanmar announced he is linking up with hardline monks in Sri Lanka.
China's President announced increased defence and maritime security cooperation with Sri Lanka.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
Kazakhstan will render $2 million worth of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan this year.
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'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.
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.
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