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Sri Lanka's prime minister sworn in after record victory at polls

Sri Lanka's prime minister sworn in after record victory at polls

Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in Sunday as Sri Lanka's prime minister after a landslide victory for the ruling party in Wednesday's parliamentary elections, officials said.

Detained 'drug smuggler' cat escapes Sri Lanka prison

Detained 'drug smuggler' cat escapes Sri Lanka prison

A cat detained at Sri Lanka's main prison while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and cell phone SIM cards has escaped, media reports said Monday.

Sri Lanka batsman Mendis arrested over fatal crash

Sri Lanka batsman Mendis arrested over fatal crash

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis was arrested Sunday after being allegedly involved in a fatal crash with a cyclist, who died instantly, just outside the country's capital Colombo, police said.

Sri Lanka lifts virus lockdown, says 'no community spread'

Sri Lanka lifts virus lockdown, says 'no community spread'

Sri Lanka's nationwide lockdown was lifted Sunday after a selective curfew a month ago was reimposed during a surge in coronavirus infections, the country's president said.

Sri Lanka to reopen for tourism in August, with multiple coronavirus tests

Sri Lanka to reopen for tourism in August, with multiple coronavirus tests

Sri Lanka's virus-battered tourism industry can reopen for foreign guests from August but under strict guidelines, including multiple coronavirus tests during their stay, officials said Saturday.

Repatriation of first group of Sri Lankans from Qatar

Repatriation of first group of Sri Lankans from Qatar

The Sri Lankan embassy in Doha, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Presidential Secretariat and Sri Lankan Airlines, repatriated 275 Sri Lankans on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka heads for snap polls as Rajapaksa tightens grip

Sri Lanka heads for snap polls as Rajapaksa tightens grip

Sri Lanka's new president is set to dissolve parliament shortly and call snap a legislative election six months ahead of schedule, a state-run newspaper said Sunday.

Al-Kaabi meets with Sri Lankan president, prime minister in Colombo

Al-Kaabi meets with Sri Lankan president, prime minister in Colombo

HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad bin Sherida al-Kaabi met in Colombo with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Amir meets Sri Lankan ambassador

Amir meets Sri Lankan ambassador

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani met the outgoing ambassador of Sri Lanka to Qatar Kithsiri Athulathmudali at the Amiri Diwan Sunday.

Chinese man fined for trying to smuggle live scorpions from Sri Lanka

Chinese man fined for trying to smuggle live scorpions from Sri Lanka

A Chinese national arrested for attempting to smuggle live scorpions from Sri Lanka back home, presumably to extract their venom, has been fined and released, Customs officials said Wednesday.

Sri Lanka and Qatar share close bonds of friendship

Sri Lanka and Qatar share close bonds of friendship

Sri Lankan ambassador to Qatar Kithsiri Athulathmudali affirmed his country's commitment to strengthen bilateral relations with the State of Qatar and to increase regular exchange of high-level visits ...

Sri Lanka suspends parliament ahead of snap polls

Sri Lanka suspends parliament ahead of snap polls

Sri Lanka's new president suspended parliament for a month from Tuesday ahead of snap elections he wants to call in March to consolidate his sweeping victory.