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A record 35 candidates vie for Sri Lanka’s presidency

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A record 35 candidates filed nominations Monday for next month’s Sri Lankan presidential election, but the incumbent has opted not to seek a second term with the entry of popular former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is considered the favorite. Rajapaksa, who served as defense …

General accused of war crimes appointed Sri Lanka army chief

A general accused of war crimes was Monday appointed Sri Lanka army chief, prompting international criticism and warnings his selection undermined efforts to ensure accountability after the country’s long-running civil war. UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said she was “deeply troubled” by Colombo’s appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva. The …

Easter bombings damaged Sri Lanka economy beyond tourism

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Shocks from deadly suicide bombings on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka are reverberating throughout its economy in the worst crisis since the South Asian island nation’s civil war ended in 2009. The blasts that killed more than 250 people were blamed on Islamic extremists. They …

Sri Lankans demand UK take back rotting waste – BBC News

Sri Lankans are up in arms over the alleged dumping of hazardous waste from Britain, including syringes and suspected human remains from mortuaries. The government has urged Britain to immediately take back more than 100 containers sent to the island nation that contained the putrid waste mixed up amid mattresses, …