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China expresses support for Sri Lanka

BEIJING, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- China expressed support for Sri Lanka, which faces international pressure for alleged rights violations during its 2009 military campaign against Tamil rebels.

Sri Lanka strongly objects to U.S. allegations on rights

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka accused Washington of trying to divide the island nation and rejected a U.S. official's contention its human rights situation is worsening.
President says Sri Lanka will investigate charges of rights violations

President says Sri Lanka will investigate charges of rights violations

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka will investigate allegations of human rights violations presented through the country's legal system, the nation's president said Thursday.

Sri Lanka opens inquiry into deaths of fishermen during monsoon

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 10 (UPI) -- The president of Sri Lanka on Monday ordered an investigation into the lack of warning about severe storms that resulted in the deaths of dozens of fishermen.

China, Sri Lanka to upgrade ties to strategic cooperation

BEIJING, May 28 (UPI) -- China, on the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, agreed to upgrade ties with the Indian Ocean island nation to strategic cooperation.

Apology for naming cyclone after Sri Lankan King Mahasen

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 28 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's top meteorologist apologized Tuesday for naming a recent cyclone after the revered third-century ruler King Mahasen.

Sri Lanka in crisis after justice's ouster

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka faced constitutional turmoil after President Mahinda Rajapaksa's dismissal of the island nation's Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.

Sri Lanka releases detained fishermen

BEIJING, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- China confirmed Monday its close ally Sri Lanka released 37 of its fishermen detained the night before.

Sri Lanka media Web sites told to register

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan government has directed Web sites carrying news about the country to register, saying some sites have been discrediting the government.

Govt. withdraws plan under pressure

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 3 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government, bowing to worker protests, withdrew its private sector pension plan proposal, a spokesman said.

Civilians in Sri Lankan war zone in peril

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 9 (UPI) -- Up to 190,000 civilians are in peril in the zone where the Sri Lankan army has the remnants of the Tamil Tigers trapped, the United Nations says.

Red Cross to ferry Sri Lankan wounded

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- An International Committee of the Red Cross representative Friday said the humanitarian group will ferry wounded civilians out of a Sri Lankan combat zone.

Blast kills 12 Sri Lanka police personnel

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 16 (UPI) -- A suicide bomb attack Monday on a police station in northern Sri Lanka's Vavuniya region killed 12 police personnel, including three women, the military said.

Sri Lanka trade deficit soars

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 16 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's trade deficit, largely because of higher food and fuel imports in April, soared to $659 million from $393.8 million in the year-ago period.

Sri Lanka destroys Tamil command post

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 15 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan armed forces bombed and destroyed a key Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam command center Sunday, military officials said.
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