Man dies and shops and mosques are destroyed in Sri Lanka communal violence

The man died during disorder by majority Sinhalese mobs, a Cabinet minister said.

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Sri Lanka churches hold first Sunday Mass since Easter bombings

More than 250 people died when suicide bombers struck two Catholic and one Protestant church and three luxury hotels last month.

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Sri Lankan Catholics watch Mass on TV for second week following Easter attacks

Churches remain closed amid security fears following the bombings which targeted churches and hotels.

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Romesh Ranganathan to host Sri Lanka fundraising comedy gig

Harry Hill, Jo Brand, Rob Beckett, Katherine Ryan and Kerry Godliman will all take to the stage.

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Tight security for first public Mass in Sri Lanka since Easter Sunday attacks

Soldiers carried out searches ahead of the ordination ceremony in the village of Thannamunai.

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Sri Lanka bans face coverings after Easter bombings

The move prevents Muslim women from veiling their faces.

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Suppression fails: Enjoying religious freedom

Our contemporary culture war around secularism and the place of religion — primarily Catholicism in Ireland’s case — in public life can be heated, especially around health or education issues.

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Sri Lankans celebrate Mass on TV following Easter attacks

President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa attended the Mass.

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Sri Lanka troops find 15 bodies after raid on militants’ house

Earlier, Catholic leaders cancelled Sunday Masses indefinitely.

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Soldiers engaged in gunfire with Sri Lanka Easter bombing suspects

Sri Lankan soldiers have exchanged gunfire with suspects after attempting to raid a building in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province as part of the ongoing investigation into the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks.

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Sunday Masses cancelled in Sri Lanka in wake of Easter Sunday blasts

There will be no more services until further notice, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said.

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Sri Lanka Easter attack leader died in hotel bombing, officials say

Police also said they had arrested the group’s second-in-command.

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Sri Lanka terror attack suspects could have explosives, PM warns

Approximately 250 people were killed in the string of suicide bombings.

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Sri Lanka’s prime minister says some Muslims have been attacked since bombings

Ranil Wickremesinghe said security forces were trying to assist Ahmadi Muslims, who are refugees from Pakistan.

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Father of Sri Lanka Easter bombers arrested

Authorities have blamed a local group, National Towheed Jamaat, for the attack.

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Sri Lanka bomber who studied in UK named

The identity of Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed was reported after officials in Sri Lanka claimed one of the suicide bombers may have studied in the UK.

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Sri Lankan President calls for resignation of Defence Secretary and National Police Chief

Sri Lanka’s president has asked for the resignations of the country’s defence secretary and national police chief after the Easter bombings

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Sri Lanka attackers ‘highly educated’ with some thought to have studied in UK and Australia

A junior minister said the bombers were part of a breakaway group from two Muslim movements.

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Sri Lanka bombings death toll nears 360 as police make more arrests

Islamic State has claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the seven bombers.

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Sri Lanka attacks likely to deter Irish tourists

Sri Lanka’s burgeoning reputation for Irish honeymooners and well-off holidaymakers will take a hit that will be difficult to recover from in the short term after the terror attacks on Easter Sunday.

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Islamic State claims Sri Lanka attacks with at least 45 children among dead

The death toll from the Easter Sunday atrocities has risen to 321 as ministers admitted that security lapses may have assisted the perpetrators.

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At least 45 children killed in Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka

Unicef says 27 children died in the attack on St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo.

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Sri Lanka minister says attacks were retaliation for Christchurch atrocities

Ruwan Wijewardene made his claim in the country’s parliament.

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Sri Lankan police arrest 40 suspects after bombings as death toll rises

A total of 310 people are now known to have died in the attacks.

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Sri Lanka’s pain will spread as national identities are muddled

The entire South Asian subcontinent once ruled by the British is seeing religious and ethnic attitudes harden and divisions deepen, writes Mihir Sharma.

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Sri Lankan military handed special powers after deadly bombings

The military was given a wider berth to detain and arrest suspects — powers that were used during the civil war but withdrawn when it ended.

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British mother and her two children killed in Sri Lanka terror blasts

Anita Nicholson’s family had been visiting the island for a holiday from their home in Singapore.

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Who are Sri Lanka's Christians?

At least 200 people have been killed in several coordinated bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter.

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Irish tourists in Sri Lanka advised to stay indoors

Irish tourists in Sri Lanka have been advised to stay indoors after a wave of bombings on Easter Sunday killed 290 people and left more than 500 injured.

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13 arrested after 207 people killed in Sri Lanka attacks

207 people have been killed and 450 injured in the attacks, most of which were being blamed on suspected suicide bombers.

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Michael D Higgins among world leaders condemning attacks in Sri Lanka

Hundreds died in the assaults targeting churches and luxury hotels.

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207 killed and 450 injured in Easter Sunday explosions in Sri Lanka

Two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers.

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Pope Francis remembers Sri Lanka fallen in Easter Sunday message

The pontiff referenced the unfolding events in which churches were among the buildings attacked.

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At least 150 killed and hundreds injured in Sri Lanka explosions

Officials say at least two of the blasts were caused by suicide bombers.

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May condemns ‘truly appalling’ Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka

More than 100 people died in a series of blasts at churches and hotels on Easter Sunday.

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Sri Lankan president reinstates prime minister he sacked

A new Cabinet is expected to be sworn in soon.

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Sri Lanka’s disputed prime minister resigns to end political impasse

Mahinda Rajapaksa signed his letter of resignation on Saturday.

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Disputed Sri Lankan premier faces second no-confidence motion

Legislators loyal to Mahinda Rajapaksa have caused chaos in parliament in Colombo.

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Chaos in Sri Lankan parliament as angry legislators halt proceedings

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya adjourned the house until Monday.

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Sri Lanka president dissolves Parliament and calls for election

Sri Lanka has been in a crisis since Mr Sirisena fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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Maldives ex-president returns from asylum

He was welcomed by his party members and supporters.

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Sri Lanka president summons Parliament after political turmoil

Maithripala Sirisena had dismissed prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Cabinet.

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Sri Lanka’s president suspends parliament amid deepening crisis

Chaminda Gamage, a spokesman for the parliamentary speaker, confirmed President Maithripala Sirisena’s action on Saturday.

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Authorities warn of more deadly mudslides in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan authorities are warning of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week.

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Sri Lanka hits out at UN civil war report

Sri Lanka has slammed a United Nations report on the conclusion of the island's civil war, saying allegations against the government are "unsubstantiated and erroneous".

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Sri Lanka jail deaths 'a massacre'

Sri Lanka’s main opposition party has described the deaths of 27 inmates after a prison riot as a “cold-blooded massacre” and demanded a parliamentary investigation into the incident.

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Police officers among 25 killed in Sri Lanka blast

An accidental explosion outside a police station in Sri Lanka has killed 25 people, 16 of them police officers.

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Sri Lankan police officers inspect the site of an explosion at a police station in Karadiyanaru, a small town in the former conflict zone in eastern Sri Lanka, today.

60 feared dead in Sri Lanka explosion

Sixty people were feared dead today in an accidental explosion of dynamite meant for road construction in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka parliament debates change to presidential terms

Sri Lanka’s parliament started debating a controversial government proposal that would enable the president to seek an unlimited number of terms.

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Sri Lankans go to the polls

Sri Lankans were voting today for a new Parliament, with President Mahinda Rajapaksa looking to consolidate his political dominance after winning re-election in January and then detaining his chief rival.

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Former Sri Lankan army chief arrested

Sri Lanka's former army chief and presidential candidate was hauled away by military police today from his office, political allies said, after weeks of complaining of government harassment.

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Sri Lankan president wins re-election

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa won re-election today in a hard-fought race against his former army chief for control of a nation trying to rebuild after a devastating civil war.

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Sri Lankan president makes early poll gains

Hundreds of Sri Lankan troops surrounded the hotel where the opposition candidate was holed up today as early returns from the nation’s hard-fought presidential election gave the incumbent a comfortable lead.

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War-weary Sri Lankans go to the polls

Sri Lankans crowded voting stations throughout Colombo today in a hard-fought election to decide whether the incumbent president or his former army chief should lead the nation’s recovery from a brutal civil war.

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Child soldiers 'still recruited' in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan children continue to be recruited for combat despite the end of the country’s civil war seven months ago, a United Nations envoy says.

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US urges Sri Lanka to allow inspections

The United States asked the Sri Lankan government to open to foreign inspection areas of the country where government forces are alleged to have shelled displaced Tamils early this year in the final weeks of a 25-year secessionist rebellion.

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Sri Lanka ruling coalition wins first post-war polls

Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition and an ethnic Tamil party seen as a front for the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels won the first post-war elections, held near the island’s former battlefields.

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Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil doctors from left, V. Shanmugarajah, Thurairaja Varatharajah, and Thangamuttu Sathyamurthi.

We exaggerated war deaths, say arrested doctors

A group of Sri Lankan doctors who have been in police custody for nearly two months were brought before the media to recant their reports of mass civilian casualties during the final days of the civil war.

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Sri Lanka president urges military to reach out to Tamil people

Sri Lanka's president today urged the military to win over the Tamil people and to ensure they live without "fear or suspicion".

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Govt sends aid expert to Sri Lanka

The Government has scrambled an aid expert to war-torn Sri Lanka to help distribute humanitarian supplies.

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