Sri Lanka

His Warning Could Have Stopped Sri Lanka Easter Attack. Now He Lies In The Hospital

Last year, a man in Sri Lanka alerted police to neighbors who were stockpiling weapons. A month later, those same gunmen allegedly helped carry out Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people.
Related topics: Police

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Maldives Wants To Restructure Debt To China

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The Maldives foreign minister says his country needs to restructure its massive debt to China, which he says has put the Indian ocean archipelago in a difficult situation. Abdulla Shahid said the country’s Chinese debt...
Related topics: Maldives, China

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Burkina Faso: Muslims Murder 14 Christians In Attack On A Church During A Sunday Service

We have seen jihad attacks on churches during services in Sri Lanka, Egypt, and elsewhere. And now this. Yet the establishment media is too busy insisting that Islam is a religion of peace, and demonizing those who point out that it is not, to take...
Related topics: Religion, Egypt

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India, Sri Lanka Reset Relationship As Sri Lankan Leader Visits New Delhi

India has offered to lend $400 million to Colombo for infrastructure development as it reaches out to build ties with Sri Lanka’s newly elected president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is visiting New Delhi.   Rajapaksa’s meetings Friday with Indian...
Related topics: India, New Delhi

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Did Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election Bring Back A Polarising Wartime Figure?

The new President of Sri Lanka after he was sworn in. Credit: Sunday Times, Sri LankaBy Dr. Palitha KohonaCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov 28 2019 (IPS) The Economist proclaimed recently that Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the man who, as secretary of defense, presided...

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Friday Links

A few ruminations on growing old, how female turkeys choose mates, the history of Ken Doll’s crotch, how elephant poop becomes fancy paper in Sri Lanka, and more

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New Sri Lankan President Appoints Brother As Finance Minister Of Interim Govt - Reports

Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa earlier this week swore in his elder brother, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, 74, as the nation's prime minister.

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A Sri Lankan Author Remembers The Easy, “mixed Fruit” Society Before The Civil War Tore It Apart

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the erstwhile defence chief of Sri Lanka, won the presidential election in the island nation on Nov. 16, beating his opponent Sajith Premadasa by a wide margin. For at least a section of the Sri Lankan society, this election...

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Beyond The U.s., These Countries Are Immersed In Their Own Election Dramas

The U.S. isn't alone: Catch up on Israel, Britain, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Algeria and Afghanistan.
Related topics: Israel, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Algeria, Afghanistan

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A Hospital And Clean Water: China On The Charm Offensive In Sri Lanka

Amid the lush paddy fields of central Sri Lanka, a large, state-of-the-art hospital rises between the cranes and cement mixers.Its perimeter walls are adorned with pictures of China's president Xi Jinping and prime minister Li Keqiang, along with...
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From Humble Unix Sysadmin To Brutal Separatist Suppressor To President Of Sri Lanka

Today you toil. Who knows what tomorrow brings? A former Unix sysadmin has been elected the new president of Sri Lanka, giving hope to all those IT workers who fear they are trapped in a role where the smallest of decisions can have catastrophic...

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Defeated Sri Lankan Presidential Candidate Quits Ruling Party Leadership - Reports

Sri Lanka presidential candidate Ranasinghe Premadasa accepts defeat, congratulates victorious rival Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

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Muslim Voters Attacked As Sri Lanka Elects President

Muslim voters traveling by bus to polling stations in northern Sri Lanka were attacked by gunfire and stones and blocked by burning tires hours before polls opened in presidential elections Saturday, in what a member of the Elections Commission...
Related topics: Polls

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After Easter Sunday Terrorist Attacks, Fears Dominate Sri Lanka’s Election

Sri Lankans will cast their ballots Saturday for a new president in the first national elections since the devastating Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. The man tipped to win is a familiar face: Gotabaya Rajapaksa, once the country’s defense...
Related topics: Terrorism

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa Favourite In Sri Lanka Presidential Race

In Sri Lanka, voters will elect a new President this weekend and they look likely to bring back a familiar face. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the defence secretary who oversaw the end of a decades-long civil war. The UN says at least 40,000 Tamil...

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‘pad Man’ Faces ‘terminator’ In Sri Lanka Vote Fight

Sri Lanka’s presidential election on Saturday is turning out to be a showdown between a man offering free sanitary pads and a former soldier dubbed the “Terminator” by his own family. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, 70, a retired army...

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The Future Of Asylum Seekers Is Uncertain In Sri Lanka

“We must not turn our backs on them”Neighboring countries gave refuge to hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans during the 30-year-old civil war. In the picture: a group of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees arrives in Rameshwaram island of Tamil...

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Fury As Sri Lankan President Pardons Killer Of Swedish Teen 'whose Skull Was Smashed Into 64 Pieces'

New Delhi (Sputnik) - The victim, who was on a holiday in Sri Lanka, was beaten to death in the country's capital, Colombo, in 2005 after she and the murderer got involved in an argument.
Related topics: India, New Delhi

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Poll Fever: Spain, Sri Lanka, Romania And Namibia Will Be Joining Britain In Holding Elections

Britain is set to hold a general election in December after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accepted that the Prime Minister had taken a no-deal Brexit off the table and extended Article 50 until 31 January 2020.
Related topics: Polls, Spain, Romania, Namibia

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Sri Lanka Presidential Hopeful Would Free Soldiers, Rebels

The presidential front-runner in Sri Lanka says he will rehabilitate and release all military personnel accused of committing human rights abuses in the long civil war
Related topics: Military, Human Rights

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