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Sri Lanka hiring hangmen, inspired by Philippines' war on drugs

Sri Lanka hiring hangmen, inspired by Philippines' war on drugs

Sri Lanka began advertising for hangmen this week, as the country's president pushes ahead with a hardline policy, modeled on the Philippines, to combat drug trafficking.

Cummins leads Australian rout of Sri Lanka

Cummins leads Australian rout of Sri Lanka

Australia thrashed a disappointing Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs in the first day-night Test in Brisbane on Saturday.

Bank of China offers Sri Lanka $300mn loan

Bank of China offers Sri Lanka $300mn loan

Bank of China, the country's fourth-biggest lender by assets, has offered a loan of $300 million to Sri Lanka which can be raised to $1 billion, a source in Colombo with direct knowledge of the matter, told Reuters on Tuesday.

QRCS sets up residential village in Sri Lanka

QRCS sets up residential village in Sri Lanka

Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has completed a project to establish a residential village for 800 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister

Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister

Sri Lanka's sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated Sunday, his party said, ending a 51-day crisis that had paralysed the island nation and pushed it towards debt default.

Rajapakse bows out, ending Sri Lanka power struggle

Rajapakse bows out, ending Sri Lanka power struggle

Sri Lanka's crisis looked over on Saturday as strongman Mahinda Rajapakse bowed out of a power battle that had crippled the strategically located island for seven weeks and sent it heading for a possible debt default.

Rajapakse ends standoff as Sri Lanka risked shutdown

Rajapakse ends standoff as Sri Lanka risked shutdown

Sri Lanka's strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse will step down on Saturday from his disputed position of premier, his son said on Friday, signalling an end to the seven-week long power-struggle that threatened to shut the government.

Sri Lanka court denies Rajapakse authority to act as PM

Sri Lanka court denies Rajapakse authority to act as PM

A Sri Lanka court on Monday suspended Mahinda Rajapakse's powers as prime minister and ruled that his cabinet could not function until its legitimacy was established.

Protests as Sri Lanka cuts tax on sugary drinks

Protests as Sri Lanka cuts tax on sugary drinks

Sri Lanka Saturday slashed a tax on sugary drinks in a controversial reversal of an anti-diabetes policy that attracted immediate criticism.

Tamils back ousted Sri Lankan PM as pressure builds on president

Tamils back ousted Sri Lankan PM as pressure builds on president

A group of Tamil lawmakers Thursday threw their support behind Sri Lanka's ousted prime minister, cementing his parliamentary majority in a surprise move that emboldens his stake to lead the country.

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted premier

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted premier

President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday reignited the power struggle that has crippled Sri Lanka's government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

Sri Lanka's new PM may lose budget even as he clings to power

Sri Lanka's new PM may lose budget even as he clings to power

Sri Lanka's newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who lost two motions of no confidence last week, may lose his government's budget even as he clings to power.