Sri Lanka

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In the last three days of the Sri Lankan civil war, as thousands of people surrendered to government authorities, hundreds of people were put on buses driven by Army officers. Many were never seen again. In a report released today (see here), the International Truth and Justice Project for Sri Lanka and the Human Rights Data Analysis Group showed that over 500 people were disappeared on only three days --- 17, 18, and 19 May. To be clear, these people were not killed, we did not include people who were confirmed as dead. The estimate includes only people last seen in custody of the Sri Lankan authorities. I wrote the statistical parts of the report. The report begins with seven lists of people reported as disappeared. The lists were compiled by the UN, families of the disappeared, and Sri Lankan officials, among others. It then uses a method called Multiple Systems Estimation to estimate the "dark figure," that is, the people who were disappeared but have not been reported. From 4...
 
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Sri Lanka's parliament on Wednesday passed a vote of confidence in its ousted prime minister, as it sought his reinstatement by the president to defuse a political crisis and avoid a government shutdown.
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The former Sri Lankan prime minister whose October sacking by the president precipitated a political crisis has won a confidence vote in Parliament
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The former Sri Lankan prime minister whose October sacking by the president precipitated a political crisis has won a confidence vote in Parliament. Ranil Wickremesinghe received 117 votes in favor in the 225-member Parliament on Wednesday. The result is expected to increase pressure on President Maithripala Sirisena to reappoint Wickremesinghe […]
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Lawsuit accuses Wickremesinghe of doing business with government, a claim if true, dashes his hopes of returning as PM.
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Everyday Sri Lankans — a retired banker, a former nurse, a marriage counselor — volunteer at a phone counseling line to ease burdens in a war-traumatized country.
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Sri Lanka's ousted prime minister promised Monday to bring tens of thousands of supporters to the capital next week for a massive demonstration unless President Maithripala Sirisena reinstated him imminently. Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose dismissal in October plunged Sri Lanka into crisis, said he still commanded the support of parliament and Sirisena had until Friday to recognise that. Sri Lanka has been trapped in a bitter power feud since Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapakse, a controversial former strongman leader.
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The same 16-man squad that secured an historic Test whitewash in Sri Lanka will depart for the three-Test series in the Caribbean
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Reviews by Leah Ollman (L.O.). Openings The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka Major exhibition surveys hundreds of years of Sri Lankan art and includes decorative objects, textiles, furnishings, photographs and more. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Starts Sun.; ends...
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Treasures from Sri Lanka, a work inspired by a stolen statue in Monterey Park and historic tapestries. Plus, a talk about Carleton Watkins and a film inspired by L.A. histories. Here’s what’s going down in the coming week: “The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka,” at the Los Angeles County Museum...
 
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Sri Lanka's travel industry is starting to suffer the fallout of a political crisis in the middle of its peak tourist season, as uncertainty prompts cancellations by both business and leisure visitors.
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Facebook's changes to content display algorithms met with “the fierce devotion in France to local and regional identity,” and the so-called yellow jacket protests in France exploded. “What’s happening right now in France isn’t happening in a vacuum,” reports Buzzfeed. Excerpt: The Yellow Jackets movement — named for the protesters’ brightly colored safety vests — is a beast born almost entirely from Facebook. And it’s only getting more popular. Recent polls indicate the majority of France now supports the protesters. The Yellow Jackets communicate almost entirely on small, decentralized Facebook pages. They coordinate via memes and viral videos. Whatever gets shared the most becomes part of their platform. Due to the way algorithm changes made earlier this year interacted with the fierce devotion in France to local and regional identity, the country is now facing some of the worst riots in many years — and in Paris, the worst in half a century. This isn’t the...
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Fitch Ratings has downgraded Sri Lanka’s long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating, citing political upheaval that has resulted in the country having no functional government
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Fitch Ratings has downgraded Sri Lanka’s long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating, citing political upheaval that has resulted in the country having no functional government. Fitch says it lowered the country’s rating to B from B plus with a stable outlook, reflecting heightened external financing risks, uncertain policy outlook and a […]
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A government psychiatrist in Sri Lanka goes door to door in an area scarred by civil war, doing whatever he can to meet a staggering need for help.
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Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.
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The court issued its order on Monday after 122 members of Sri Lanka’s parliament, who are allied with ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, filed a legal action on Nov. 23 challenging Rajapaksa’s authority as prime minister. In a statement emailed on Monday evening, Rajapaksa said he did not accept the appeal court’s ruling and would take the matter to the Supreme Court. Wickremesinghe appeared on local television Tuesday to say he was willing to face an election, but that it must be conducted with the legitimate government in place, acting within the constitution and with the consensus of all parties in parliament.
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Sri Lanka's prime minister is appealing a court decision that temporarily bars him and his cabinet from carrying out official duties, amid a constitutional crisis that has left the island nation without effective leadership.
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A bitter row over the sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in October and the competing influences of China and India have shattered Sri Lanka's fragile ruling coalition.   
 
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A Sri Lankan court issued an order preventing Mahinda Rajapaksa and his disputed cabinet from holding office on Monday, heightening the island's political drama and drawing an immediate vow to appeal from the prime minister.
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The Court of Appeal issued an order preventing Mr. Rajapaksa from governing for now, the latest twist in the political crisis that has paralyzed the country.
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Monday ordered disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his ministers to refrain from carrying out their duties as it hears an appeal against them.
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A Sri Lanka court barred former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday from taking over as prime minister after two votes of no confidence from lawmakers.
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The island has been in crisis since President Maithripala Sirisena replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with Rajapaksa in October, and then issued an order dissolving parliament and called for a general election. Sirisena's decisions have prompted legal challenges and on Friday the Appeal Court began a hearing a petition signed by 122 legislators that challenges Rajapaksa's authority to hold office after he lost two no-confidence votes last month. "The damage that will be posed by temporarily restraining a lawful cabinet of ministers from functioning would be...outweighed by the damage that would be caused by allowing a set of persons who are not entitled in law to function as the prime minister or the cabinet of ministers," judge Preethipadhman Surasena said.
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A Sri Lankan court on Monday issued an order preventing Mahinda Rajapaksa and his disputed cabinet from holding office, the latest twist in a political drama gripping the South Asian country.
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A Sri Lankan court on Tuesday issued an order preventing Mahinda Rajapaksa from as acting as prime minister and holding cabinet meetings, the latest twist to a political drama gripping the South Asian country.
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Court issues interim order preventing disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his ministers from holding office.
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A Sri Lanka court on Monday suspended Mahinda Rajapakse's powers as prime minister and ruled that his cabinet could not function until its legitimacy was established. The court of appeal said "irreparable damage" could be done to Sri Lanka if Rajapakse, whose controversial appointment as prime minister a month ago sparked a political crisis, was allowed to remain as head of government. Sri Lanka has been in crisis since October 26 when the president sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and appointed Rajapakse -- who was voted out twice by parliament last month but refuses to step down.
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A Sri Lankan court has stayed disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his ministers from holding their positions as it hears an appeal against them
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Monday stayed disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his ministers from holding their positions as it hears an appeal against them. The Court of Appeal also decided to call the case for hearing again Dec. 12. While Monday’s ruling was an interim order, it is […]
 
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A Sri Lankan court on Tuesday issued an order preventing Mahinda Rajapaksa from as acting as prime minister and holding cabinet meetings, the latest twist to a political drama gripping the South Asian country.
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In an effort to increase public support for the disputed prime minister, the government is reducing a tax on sugary drinks that experts say is vital for the country’s health.
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WASHINGTON – President Bill Clinton said he and President George H.W. Bush – his predecessor and one-time political foe – broke the ice during a long flight to visit those devastated by a deadly tsunami in Asia. Clinton and the elder Bush traveled together to Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives in the aftermath of...
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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is considering dropping an attempt to dissolve parliament, sources close to the president said, possibly easing weeks of political deadlock.
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Sri Lanka's parliament on Friday voted to halt payment of ministers' salaries and travel expenses, but it remained unclear how the move would impact the disputed government of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa whose ministers boycotted the vote.
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It comes as yet another moral pressure on Rajapaksa who continues to hold office despite not having working majority.
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Sri Lanka's parliament on Friday voted to halt payment of ministers' salaries and travel expenses, but it remained unclear how the move would impact the disputed government of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa whose ministers boycotted the vote.
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Sri Lanka’s Parliament has passed a motion barring ministers and their private staff from using state funds, stating they have become dysfunctional
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s parliament has passed a motion barring ministers and their private staff from using state funds, stating they have become dysfunctional after the passage of two no-confidence votes against disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The motion on Friday has received 122 votes in favor in the 225-member Parliament, while […]
 
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Sri Lanka's parliament passed a motion on Friday cutting ministers' salaries and travel expenses in a move designed to hinder the administration of disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose supporters boycotted the vote.
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Sri Lanka's parliament on Friday was set to pass a motion cutting ministers' salaries and travel expenses, but it was unclear how the move would impact the disputed government of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa whose ministers boycotted the vote.
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A refugee who fled war-torn Sri Lanka and made his home in Britain has told how he turned his life round to become a producer on the most expensive Indian film ever made.
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Sri Lanka penned two multi-million dollar contracts with Chinese firms for a port upgrade project on Thursday in the middle of a political hiatus that has raised doubts over the legitimacy of the government and the legality of the deals.
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Sri Lanka's parliament cut the budget of the Prime Minister's office on Thursday, a move designed to hinder disputed premier Mahinda Rajapaksa whose supporters boycotted the vote in the latest twist in a weeks-long political standoff.
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Sri Lanka signed two multi-million dollar contracts with Chinese firms for a port upgrade project on Thursday in the middle of a political hiatus that has raised doubts over the legitimacy of the government and the legality of the deals.
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Sri Lanka's parliament on Thursday cut the budget of the Prime Minister's office, a move designed to hinder disputed premier Mahinda Rajapaksa whose supporters boycotted the vote amid a weeks-long political crisis that shows no sign of ending.
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Sri Lankan lawmakers on Thursday approved a motion barring disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from using state funds after he lost two no-confidence votes, in an escalation of the country's political crisis.
 
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Sri Lanka's parliament on Thursday agreed to cut the budget of the Prime Minister's office, a move designed to hinder disputed premier Mahinda Rajapaksa whose supporters boycotted the vote amid a weeks-long political crisis that shows no sign of ending.
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Sri Lankan lawmakers have approved a motion barring disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from using state funds after he was defeated in a no confidence vote
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan lawmakers have approved a motion barring disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from using state funds after he was defeated in a no confidence vote.  The motion on Thursday received 123 votes in favor as Rajapaksa’s supporters boycotted Parliament. Sri Lanka has been in a political crisis since Oct. […]
 
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Sri Lanka's parliament on Thursday passed a motion to cut the personal budget of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has refused to step down after twice losing confidence votes.
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After evading arrest for two months, Sri Lanka's most senior military official appeared in court on Wednesday, charged with helping another suspect in the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in the final phase of the country's 26-year civil war.
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A Sri Lankan court has ordered the detention of the country’s top military officer for investigation in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 young people during the country’s civil war that ended nine years ago
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Wednesday ordered the detention of the country’s top military officer for investigation in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 young people, including ethnic minority Tamils, during the country’s civil war that ended nine years ago. Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake ordered that Chief of […]
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Sri Lankan lawmakers supporting disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa boycotted Parliament for a second day Tuesday, accusing the speaker of bias during a political crisis that has engulfed the island nation for nearly a month.
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Lawmakers who support disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa are boycotting Parliament for a second day, accusing the speaker of bias
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan lawmakers who support disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa are boycotting Parliament for a second day, accusing the speaker of bias. Sri Lanka has been in a political crisis since Oct. 26, when the president abruptly fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed Rajapaksa. Both claim to be the […]
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The 3-0 win was England's first whitewash victory as a touring team since beating New Zealand in 1963
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Joe Root believes England's triumphant Test tour of Sri Lanka proves they are no "one-trick pony" and is ready to embrace rising expectations around his side. Most of England's recent successes have come in seam-friendly conditions at home and they arrived on tour winless in the last 13 matches overseas, a sequence they banished in style with victories in Galle and Kandy before ensuring a clean sweep in Colombo on Monday. To have done so on three spinning wickets, effectively outperforming Sri Lanka in their own strongest suit and jettisoning generations of struggles against the turning ball, is a source of considerable pride for the captai​n.
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England hold their nerve to complete a first series whitewash in Sri Lanka with victory by 42 runs in the third Test in Colombo.
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