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Sri Lanka to hold presidential election on November 16

Following a 2015 constitutional amendment, the next president will have fewer powers than his predecessors.

Sri Lanka to hold presidential election on November 16

Australia

Australia: Tamil family's deportation halted midair

The family, including two toddlers, get a temporary reprieve in a case highlighting country's strict immigration policy.

Australia court halts deportation of Tamil asylum seeker family

Human Rights

Sri Lanka urged to tackle 'hate propaganda' against Muslims

UN rights expert says ethnoreligious tensions are 'simmering' in Sri lanka after ISIL-claimed Easter bombings.

Sri Lanka urged to tackle 'hate propaganda' against Muslims

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Sri Lanka ends emergency rule imposed after Easter bombings

Government was accused of unjustly arresting Muslim citizens under the decree, which gave sweeping powers to detain.

Sri Lanka ends emergency rule imposed after Easter bombings

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Sri Lankan general accused of war abuses appointed army chief

Shavendra Silva has denied allegations, but rights groups see his appointment as undermining reconciliation efforts.

Sri Lankan general accused of war abuses appointed army chief

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa launches Sri Lanka presidential bid

Wartime defence chief promises to prioritise Sri Lanka's national security following Easter Sunday bombings in April.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa launches Sri Lanka presidential bid

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After the Easter massacre, Sri Lanka nun heals religious tension

Sister Christine supports survivors in need and Muslims facing backlash following ISIL-claimed attack that killed 253.

After the Easter massacre, Sri Lanka nun heals religious tension

Asia

Sri Lanka PM admits shortcomings for Easter Sunday bombings

Coordinated suicide bombers struck 3 churches and 3 hotels, killing more than 250 people and leaving hundreds injured.

Podcast

Will Sri Lanka bring back the death penalty?

Sri Lanka hasn’t executed a prisoner in 43 years - but that may change.

Will Sri Lanka bring back the death penalty?

Sri Lanka bombings

Sri Lanka attacks not linked to ISIL: Investigator

Attackers followed ISIL 'ideology' but had no link with them, investigator said.

Sri Lankan investigator: No ISIL link to Easter bombings

AJ Impact

Car-free day in Sri Lanka sparks debate over safety for women

Though it may be good for the environment, not having the security of automobiles and public transport has raised fears.

Car-free day in Sri Lanka sparks debate over safety for women

Sri Lanka bombings

Sri Lanka bombings: Top officials accused of negligence get bail

Police chief Pujith Jayasundara and ex-Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando were arrested for 'crimes against humanity'.

Sri Lanka bombings: Top officials accused of negligence get bail

Sri Lanka

Is Sri Lanka using the Easter attacks to limit digital freedom?

Sri Lanka has drafted a new cybersecurity bill but experts warn country could be using political turmoil to pass laws.

Is Sri Lanka using the Easter attacks to limit digital freedom?

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Sri Lanka on alert as Buddhist monks meet over presidential vote

Bodu Bala Sena holds first meeting since Easter attacks to decide who to back in presidential election later this year.

Sri Lanka on alert as Buddhist monks meet over presidential vote

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka court suspends executions until October 30

Supreme Court issues injunction temporarily barring capital punishment.

Sri Lanka court suspends executions until October 30