Amal Jayasinghe

Bureau Chief, Sri Lanka / Maldives, Agence France - Presse (AFP)

Sri Lanka blocks social media after anti-Muslim riots

Christian groups attacked Muslim-owned shops in the northwestern town of Chilaw on Sunday in anger at a Facebook post by a shopkeeper, police said

Sri Lanka attack mastermind used chatrooms to sway suicide bombers

Investigators believe the group also used social media private messenges to keep in touch without being noticed by the authorities

Sri Lanka mass cancelled over ‘specific attack threat’

The Church had planned to resume Sunday public services for the first time since the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 257 people

Sri Lanka Catholics to resume mass two weeks after attacks

All public services by Sri Lanka's Christian minority were cancelled after the April 21 suicide attacks

Probe shows Sri Lanka attacks ‘retaliation for Christchurch’ — government

The revelation came as the death toll in the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on churches and high-end hotels rose to 321

Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister: official

The 69-year-old leader was sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena, who sacked him on October 26

Maldives president welcomes coup probe

New Maldives president Mohamed Waheed has welcomed a Commonwealth mission to investigate the ousting of his predecessor after overnight clashes.

Floods leave a million Sri Lankans homeless

Flooding in Sri Lanka has forced more than a million people out of their homes, the government said on Thursday.

Sri Lanka in military purge after coup fears

Sri Lanka's president on Monday sacked a dozen senior military officers whom the Defence Ministry said were a "direct threat to national security".

Sri Lanka president wins re-election

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse won a bruising re-election battle on Wednesday that left his main rival in apparent fear of assassination.

Mine blasts rock Sri Lanka amid fresh bid to save truce

Suspected Tiger rebels set off two more mines and fought a gun battle with troops on Tuesday as the United Nations urged talks and Norway made a fresh bid to pull Sri Lanka back from the brink of war. Military officials said members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ambushed a navy bus by setting off a landmine in the restive northeast port district of Trincomalee.

Sri Lankan election ‘too close to call’

Sri Lanka's presidential election this week has turned into a vote on the country's distressed economy and the troubled peace process, with the two main contenders diverging sharply on the major issues. About 13,3-million eligible voters will effectively be choosing on Thursday between the current and former prime ministers, who have radically different views on how to save the nation from economic and ethnic implosion.

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