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Sri Lanka Begins Impeachment Hearing against Chief Justice

Posted November 23rd, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lanka’s parliament has begun an impeachment hearing against the chief justice of the country’s Supreme Court. Friday was the first day Shirani Bandaranayake appeared before a parliamentary panel to answer charges of financial misconduct filed by the ruling party. Lawmakers rejected a non-binding order issued by the Supreme Court on Thursday to delay the […]

27 Killed in Sri Lankan Prison Riot

Posted November 10th, 2012 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan authorities said Saturday they have called in the military to quash a riot in the country’s largest prison that has left at least 27 people dead and 43 wounded. The riot erupted Friday at Welikada prison in Colombo, the capital, when inmates confronted security personnel carrying out searches for drugs and contraband. Prisoners […]

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Sri Lanka’s Top Justice Denies Impeachment Charges

Posted November 9th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lanka’s chief justice has denied all allegations of financial wrongdoing made against her by ruling party members who are trying to have her removed from office. Shirani Bandaranayake’s lawyers said their client can easily refute all the accusations. Lawmakers from President Mahinda Rajapakse’s party had wanted the chief justice to step aside during the […]

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Sri Lanka Imposes Daily Power Cuts

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankans will be without electricity for at least two hours a day until Saturday due to problems with the country’s power stations. The Ministry of Power and Energy imposed the power cuts beginning Tuesday to deal with a 400 megawatt power shortage. The Sri Lankan government says the blackouts are necessary after a technical […]

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Sri Lanka Arrests 40 Boatpeople Headed to Australia

Posted July 6th, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan police have arrested 40 people, including one woman and two children, attempting to migrate illegally to Australia. Police say the arrests were made Thursday night as the people were boarding two small boats. Officials say the detained people are likely the victims of human smugglers. The arrests come after two boats carrying Australia-bound […]

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Sri Lanka’s Former Military Chief Released From Prison

Posted May 21st, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan opposition leader and former army chief Sarath Fonseka has been released from prison. Thousands gathered outside the prison to greet him as he emerged on Monday. It was not immediately clear if there were any conditions attached to his release. President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the release after Sri Lanka’s foreign minister met in […]

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Sri Lanka President to Free Ex-Army Chief

Posted May 20th, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the release of the country’s former army chief and opposition leader, Sarath Fonseka. President Rajapaksa signed the papers Saturday ordering Fonseka’s release. The papers will be sent to the justice ministry Monday. The president’s release order for his political rival came after Sri Lanka’s foreign minister met in […]

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Sri Lanka President to Free Ex-Army Chief

Posted May 19th, 2012 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the release of the country’s former army chief and opposition leader, Sarath Fonseka. President Rajapaksa signed the papers Saturday ordering Fonseka’s release. The papers will be sent to the justice ministry Monday. The terms of Fonseka’s release were not immediately clear. Fonseka is serving a 30-month prison sentence […]

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Sri Lanka Marks End of War Anniversary

Posted May 19th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Sri Lanka marked the third anniversary of the military victory over the Tamil Tiger rebels Saturday. Fighter jets flew over the capital, Colombo, while thousands of troops paraded in the streets flanked by tanks and other weaponry to celebrate the 2009 end to the 26-year civil war. In an address to the nation, Sri Lanka’s […]

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Former Sri Lankan Army Chief Given Bail as US, Sri Lankan Officials Meet

Posted May 18th, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in Sri Lanka has granted bail for Sri Lanka’s former army chief, paving the way for the president to grant him a full pardon. The high court Friday set bail at $8,000 on Sarath Fonseka in a case where he is accused of hiring military deserters. Fonseka was jailed last year and has […]

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