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    Mahinda Rajapaksa named as PM in Sri Lanka

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 01:49am on November 21, 2019

    Newly elected Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday named his brother Mahinda as prime minister, cementing the grip on power of a clan credited...

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    Gunmen fire on buses carrying Sri Lankan Muslim voters

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:19am on November 17, 2019

    Gunmen fired at buses carrying minority Muslim voters on Saturday as Sri Lankans elected a new president, with the powerful Rajapaksa clan eyeing a comeback...

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    Sri Lanka steps up security for final vote rallies

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 01:10am on November 14, 2019

    Police stepped up security across Sri Lanka on Wednesday over fears of violence on the final day of campaigning for the fiercely contested presidential election,...

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    Lanka prisoners demand freedom after Swede’s killer pardoned

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:07am on November 13, 2019

    Hundreds of inmates at Sri Lanka’s biggest high-security prison staged a second day of protests Tuesday, demanding their freedom after the president pardoned a well-connected...

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    Lanka minister slams Facebook over censorship

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:25am on November 12, 2019

    A senior Sri Lankan minister accused social media giant Facebook on Monday of censoring comments he made questioning the citizenship of presidential election frontrunner Gotabhaya...

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    Sri Lanka economy slowly recovering from bombing: IMF

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo, Sri Lanka | Updated at 12:00am on November 03, 2019

    Sri Lanka’s economy was slowly recovering from the impact of the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed hundreds and crippled the booming tourism sector, the...

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    Lanka parliament blames president for Easter attack lapses

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 01:37am on October 24, 2019

    A Sri Lankan parliamentary report accused president Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday of ‘actively undermining’ national security and of failing to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings earlier...

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    Lanka army chief sparks uproar over political endorsement

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 01:07am on October 17, 2019

    Sri Lanka’s army chief came under fire Wednesday after apparently endorsing Gotabhaya Rajapakse for next month’s presidential election, a day after the front-running candidate vowed...

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    Rajapakse vows to scrap war crimes probe

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:08am on October 16, 2019

    Sri Lanka’s front-running presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapakse vowed Tuesday that if elected he will scrap Colombo’s pledge to investigate war crimes committed during his brother...

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    Sri Lanka faces costliest election

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:00am on October 09, 2019

    A record number of candidates for Sri Lanka’s presidential poll next month has led to the longest-ever ballot paper and the most expensive vote in...