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UN official says some Sri Lankan laws discriminately applied

After an eight-day visit to Sri Lanka, a UN expert states that its laws are used to jeopardise the rights for public protests.

Sri Lanka president: Easter attackers should be executed

President Maithripala Sirisena has been battling his own uneasy coalition government in a push to restart executions.

Sri Lanka negotiating new military deal with the US

The 1995 Status of Forces replacement arrangement would provide the US military easier access to Sri Lanka.

Amnesty raises fresh fears of executions in Sri Lanka

Amnesty International says it is alarmed over reports of preparations to resume hangings although there is no qualified hangman in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka president seeks to roll back his political reforms

Sirisena is trying to roll back the reforms which won him international adulation.

India’s Modi makes unscheduled stop at bombed Sri Lanka church

Narendra Modi makes a detour to a Catholic church bombed during Easter Sunday attacks on his way to President Maithripala Sirisena's office.

Sri Lanka MPs clash with president over Easter attacks probe

Sri Lanka parliament warns Maithripala Sirisena not to jeopardise an investigation into security lapses that could have been avoided before Easter Sunday attacks.

Sri Lanka president sacks intelligence chief over Easter attacks probe

Maithripala Sirisena sacks the national intelligence chief and will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation in security lapses pre Easter bombings.

Sri Lanka president vows to block Easter attacks probe

Sources say Maithripala Sirisena has refused to allow any police, military or intelligence personnel to testify before the committee.

Sri Lanka president vows stability before general election

President Maithripala Sirisena assures his countrymen that he will 'eradicate terrorism' in the aftermath of Easter Sunday's suicide bombings before the country votes in its general election.

Leave my country alone, Sri Lanka president tells IS

Sri Lankan premier Maithripala Sirisena wants Islamic State (IS) militants to leave his country alone also claiming a foreign mastermind may be the culprits of last week's bombing.

Sri Lanka suspends police chief over Easter attacks

Chief of police Pujith Jayasundara had refused to quit to clear the way for a shake-up of the police force.

IS claims attack on east coast city of Sri Lanka

IS has yet again claimed responsibility on Saturday's attacks in eastern Sri Lanka stating 17 policemen were killed or injured in the gun battle.

Sri Lanka president to change defence heads after attacks

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said he will completely restructure the defence force in the coming weeks for ignoring a report suggesting of possible terror attacks.

Sri Lanka president names 30-member cabinet

The island nation was plunged into crisis in October after the president replaced the prime minister with former president without the backing of parliament, leading to protests and downgrades of the country's debt.

Sri Lankan President says he won’t rename Wickremesinghe as PM

Maithripala Sirisena says Ranil Wickremesinghe has a neo-liberal economic view that he doesn’t agree with.

Sri Lanka president calls 3rd vote on no-confidence motion against premier

The country's parliament descended into chaos for a second straight day last Friday as lawmakers threw books, chili paste, water bottles and furniture at the speaker to try to disrupt the no-confidence vote.

Sri Lanka president seeks talks to end power struggle

Wickremesinghe insists he is still prime minister while parliament voted twice last week to reject Rajapakse.

Sri Lankan Tamil parties reject president’s call to support controversial new...

Wickremesinghe has challenged his ouster as unconstitutional and sought a session of parliament to determine who holds a majority.

Sri Lanka speaker says won’t accept Rajapaksa as PM until he...

Sirisena suspended parliament after he appointed Rajapaksa, raising concern among political parties at home and among Sri Lanka's traditional allies such as India, the United States and European Union.

Sri Lanka Tamils push parliament to end crisis

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) could tip the balance should parliament be recalled this week to decide between two rivals both claiming the lawful right to head Sri Lanka's government.

Sacked Sri Lankan PM’s residence becomes symbol of power struggle

Thousands of loyalists from across the country are camped out at the Temple Trees residence in Colombo.

Sri Lanka president backtracks on parliament suspension

Sri Lanka President Sirisena sparked the crisis by sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and naming former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse in his place.

Sri Lanka president suspends parliament amid crisis

Parliamentary officials say the president has suspended all meetings of the 225-member house until Nov 16.