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Sri Lankan president suspends parliament after firing prime minister

Sri Lankan president suspends parliament after firing prime minister

A constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka deepened on Saturday as President Maithripala Sirisena temporarily suspended parliament a day after sacking the prime minister and replacing him with a former leader seen as being close to China.

Sri Lanka arrests top policeman over alleged president assassination plot

Sri Lanka arrests top policeman over alleged president assassination plot

A top Sri Lankan police official was arrested on Thursday over a suspected plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena, police a spokesman said.

Sri Lankan PM ousted, replaced with former president Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan PM ousted, replaced with former president Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena ousted the incumbent prime minister on Friday, replacing him with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, a spokesman for the president's office said.

Top Sri Lanka officials arrested while taking bribe-anti-graft body

Top Sri Lanka officials arrested while taking bribe-anti-graft body

Sri Lanka's anti-graft agency arrested President Maithripala Sirisena's chief of staff and another state official on Thursday on suspicion of accepting a bribe, officials of the agency said.

Sri Lanka lifts Facebook ban after hate speech assurance

Sri Lanka lifts Facebook ban after hate speech assurance

President Maithripala Sirisena said he ordered authorities to remove the block, imposed across the country during anti-Muslim riots last week that left three people dead.

Lankan minister sacked over criticism of Chinese port deal

Lankan minister sacked over criticism of Chinese port deal

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday sacked the justice minister over his criticism of a $1.1 billion deal, signed last month, to lease a port to a Chinese company, the cabinet spokesman said.

Sri Lanka names first Tamil navy chief since 1970

Sri Lanka names first Tamil navy chief since 1970

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday appointed an officer from the island's Tamil minority to head the navy for the first time since a separatist war erupted 45 years ago.

Sri Lankan president switches ministers in reshuffle

Sri Lankan president switches ministers in reshuffle

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena switched the finance and foreign ministers in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday in a bid to restore confidence in the administration's handling of the economy.

Astrologer arrested for predicting Sri Lankan president's death

Astrologer arrested for predicting Sri Lankan president's death

An astrologer who predicted the death of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was arrested by the police on Tuesday on allegations of misleading the public, officials said.

Sri Lankan nationalists protest UN rights chief's visit on war crimes

Sri Lankan nationalists protest UN rights chief's visit on war crimes

Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations' office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the UN human rights chief who will assess Sri Lanka's progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes.

Sri Lanka president vows reforms to prevent ethnic war

Sri Lanka president vows reforms to prevent ethnic war

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena marked his first year in office Saturday with a pledge to introduce sweeping constitutional reforms aimed at preventing the island returning to ethnic war.

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

Up to 100,000 people still living in camps six years after the end of Sri Lanka's brutal ethnic war will be given land to build homes within six months, President Maithripala Sirisena told AFP Sunday.