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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

‘Where is God?’: Sri Lankans stunned after deadly blasts

In the aftermath of Sunday's deadly attacks, Sri Lankans are trying to understand what has happened

Easter blasts at Sri Lanka hotels and churches kill at least 207

The attacks were the worst act of violence to hit the country in the decade since the end of a bloody civil war that killed up to 100 000 people

Sri Lanka interviews 47 potential hangmen

47 male applicants would be interviewed on Wednesday and Thursday, after the government advertised the vacancies in February

Sri Lanka prison riot death toll rises

Sri Lankan troops have found 11 bodies of convicts raising the death toll in an overnight prison riot in the capital to 27, prisons minister said.

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.

Tamil Tigers hit back with suicide ship attacks

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels struck back against a major government offensive on Wednesday with suicide attacks on merchant ships.

Military says scores dead in Sri Lanka fighting

Sri Lanka troops backed by fighter jets have moved deeper into Tamil Tiger territory in the island's north, killing 39 rebels.

Sri Lanka bus bomb toll rises to 26

The death toll from a bomb that ripped through a bus outside the Sri Lankan capital rose to 26 on Saturday after two more passengers died of their injuries, police said. The bomb exploded inside the overcrowded bus, blowing off its roof, as it pulled out of the Piliyandala terminal into rush-hour traffic on Friday.

Sri Lanka counts losses after major battle

Heavy fighting between rebels and government soldiers subsided in northern Sri Lanka on Thursday, a day after intense artillery battles left hundreds killed or wounded, according to officials on both sides. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said they were planning to return the 30 bodies of government troops they captured.

Fighting kills dozens in Sri Lanka, says Defence Ministry

Sri Lanka government troops on Wednesday captured a strip of land from Tamil Tigers after heavy fighting across the island's north left 42 rebels and a soldier dead, the Defence Ministry said. Security forces killed the guerrillas from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in separate clashes in the Mannar, Weli Oya and Jaffna districts since Tuesday evening, the ministry said.

Wild elephants hold up Sri Lanka vote

Security forces armed with loud hailers were deployed in eastern Sri Lanka on Monday to drive away wild elephants blocking access to polling booths, police said. Villagers in Wellaveli told the authorities that they were unable to vote at the first local elections in 14 years because a herd of elephants had blocked their polling booth.

Sri Lankan man spends 50 years on remand

A Sri Lankan man has been released from prison after spending 50 years on remand, his lawyer said on Monday. DP James, now 80, was arrested in August 1958 for attacking and wounding his father with a knife. He was sent to jail, then moved to a psychiatric hospital, and then discharged back to jail -- where he was forgotten about.

Sri Lanka on alert after announcing end to truce

Police and security forces went on alert across Sri Lanka on Thursday, hours after the government announced its withdrawal from a tattered ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels, security officials said. The already tight security in the capital was further strengthened one day after suspected rebels set off a roadside bomb that killed five and wounded 28.

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