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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, …

Sri Lanka failed to arrest Easter bomber despite warnings

SRI Lankan authorities failed to arrest the jihadist who led the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people despite mounting evidence against him, the country’s top intelligence official said Wednesday. Sisira Mendis told a parliamentary probe into security lapses leading to the April 21 suicide bombings that the attacks led …

Escalating Sri Lankan anti-Muslim riots claim first life

SRI Lanka announced Tuesday a curfew for a second straight night after a man was killed by sword-wielding rioters in an escalating anti-Muslim backlash following the Easter terror attacks. Violence broke out late Monday, three weeks after Islamist extremist bombings killed 258 people, with rampaging mobs carrying out arson attacks …

Sri Lanka Catholics celebrate Mass via TV amid new warnings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan Catholics celebrated Sunday Mass in their homes for a second week as churches remain closed after reports of possible fresh attacks by Islamic extremists. Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, offered a televised Mass from his residence that was attended mostly by …