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Sri Lanka elections: Lauded for crushing civil war, condemned for 'war crimes', Rajapaksa clan eyes another shot at power as Gotabaya among top contenders in presidential polls
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Sri Lanka elections: Lauded for crushing civil war, condemned for 'war crimes', Rajapaksa clan eyes another shot at power as Gotabaya among top contenders in presidential polls

Sri Lankans voted Saturday for a new president in what could mark a comeback for the Rajapaksa clan, lauded by supporters for crushing the Tamil Tigers but condemned by critics for war crimes, corruption and cosying up to China

Sri Lanka elections: Gunmen open fire on convoy of buses carrying minority Muslim voters; no casualties reported
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Sri Lanka elections: Gunmen open fire on convoy of buses carrying minority Muslim voters; no casualties reported

Gunmen opened fire on a convoy of buses carrying minority Muslim voters in northwest Sri Lanka on Saturday, hours before polling in presidential elections got underway, police said

Sri Lanka presidential election: 16 million to vote today; 35 candidates including retired lieutenant-colonel Gotabaya Rajapaksa in fray
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Sri Lanka presidential election: 16 million to vote today; 35 candidates including retired lieutenant-colonel Gotabaya Rajapaksa in fray

Campaigning largely focused on national security and religious extremism in the backdrop of Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday

Sri Lanka blasts: 293 suspects arrested in connection with Easter Sunday attacks that killed over 250 people
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Sri Lanka blasts: 293 suspects arrested in connection with Easter Sunday attacks that killed over 250 people

The Sri Lankan police on Thursday said that 293 suspects have been arrested so far in connection with the Easter Sunday bombings in the island country in April

Three months after being ravaged by Easter Sunday blasts, Sri Lanka’s St Sebastian’s Church reconsecrated
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Three months after being ravaged by Easter Sunday blasts, Sri Lanka’s St Sebastian’s Church reconsecrated

The St Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's western coastal town of Negombo was reconsecrated on Sunday, three months after it was badly damaged in the Easter Sunday blasts that rocked the island nation

Sri Lanka bomb blasts: UN expresses alarm over rise in prejudice against minorities, says govt 'shouldn't tolerate' communal violence
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Sri Lanka bomb blasts: UN expresses alarm over rise in prejudice against minorities, says govt 'shouldn't tolerate' communal violence

Sri Lanka officials added that 'the Government needs to give the example that it will not tolerate the spread of prejudice and hate. This needs to be done at the national and local level, by putting an end to local discriminatory practices'.

Sri Lanka temporarily bans social media, messaging apps after attack on mosques, Muslim shops in wake of Easter Sunday blasts
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Sri Lanka temporarily bans social media, messaging apps after attack on mosques, Muslim shops in wake of Easter Sunday blasts

Sri Lanka has used temporary bans on social media in an attempt to curb misinformation and rumors. “Social media blocked again as a temporary measure to maintain peace in the country,” Nalaka Kaluwewa, the director general of the Department of Government Information, told Reuters on Monday.

Sri Lanka lifts ban on social media imposed after Easter Sunday bombings
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Sri Lanka lifts ban on social media imposed after Easter Sunday bombings

The ban on social media platforms had been applied in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.

Sri Lanka's ban on 'face veil' takes effect; President Maithripala Sirisena's restriction follows Easter Sunday bombings
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Sri Lanka's ban on 'face veil' takes effect; President Maithripala Sirisena's restriction follows Easter Sunday bombings

Muslim women in Sri Lanka will not be allowed to wear any form of face veils in public from Monday under new regulations announced by President Maithripala Sirisena who used emergency powers in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings

Sri Lanka bans veils for women under emergency protocol one week after Easter Sunday blasts; Sirisena says move to 'ensure' national security
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Sri Lanka bans veils for women under emergency protocol one week after Easter Sunday blasts; Sirisena says move to 'ensure' national security

Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday announced a ban on face-covering, a week after Islamist militants carried out coordinated suicide bombings that killed 253 people.

Sri Lanka blasts: Islamic State says three suicide bombers of group were killed in Kalmunai encounter with security forces
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Sri Lanka blasts: Islamic State says three suicide bombers of group were killed in Kalmunai encounter with security forces

The Islamic State has claimed the three militants who blew themselves up during a fierce gun battle with security forces in Sri Lanka's Eastern province, a media report said on Sunday.

Sri Lanka: At least 16 killed as police raid suspected bomber hideout in Kalmunai, Sammanthurai; seven arrested
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Sri Lanka: At least 16 killed as police raid suspected bomber hideout in Kalmunai, Sammanthurai; seven arrested

A joint operation to hunt down the terrorists behind the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka turned into a fierce gunfight between the raid party and the suspects when a terrorist safe house was raided in the eastern Sri Lankan town of Kalmunai.

Sri Lanka's intel failure result of political rivalry between PM, president; ‘lack of communication’ between leaders aided Easter Sunday blasts
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Sri Lanka's intel failure result of political rivalry between PM, president; ‘lack of communication’ between leaders aided Easter Sunday blasts

Government dysfunction and an intelligence failure that preceded the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka are traced to simmering divisions between the president and prime minister after a weeks-long political crisis that crippled the country last year.

Sri Lanka blasts: 6 children among 15 killed after suicide bombers set off explosives during raids in Sammanthurai at suspected IS hideout
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Sri Lanka blasts: 6 children among 15 killed after suicide bombers set off explosives during raids in Sammanthurai at suspected IS hideout

At least 15 people, including six children, were killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up when cornered by security forces in eastern Sri Lanka, police said on Saturday.

Sri Lanka blasts: Muslim leaders in key accused Zahran Hashim’s hometown Kattankudy raised alarm  ‘years ago’
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Sri Lanka blasts: Muslim leaders in key accused Zahran Hashim’s hometown Kattankudy raised alarm ‘years ago’

Zahran Hashim's sword-wielding zealotry fuelled fears in the sleepy east coast town of Kattankudy long before the cleric became Sri Lanka's most wanted man over the horrific Easter Sunday suicide attacks.

Sri Lanka police chief Pujith Jayasundara resigns over 'failures' that led to deadly Easter bomb attacks, confirms Maithripala Sirisena
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Sri Lanka police chief Pujith Jayasundara resigns over 'failures' that led to deadly Easter bomb attacks, confirms Maithripala Sirisena

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's nominee has to be confirmed by a constitutional council

Sri Lanka govt revises toll in Easter Sunday blasts from 359 to 253; says scale of mutilation is grim indicator of explosions' force
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Sri Lanka govt revises toll in Easter Sunday blasts from 359 to 253; says scale of mutilation is grim indicator of explosions' force

The dramatic revision of the death toll in Sri Lanka's Easter bombings, which has been cut by more than 100, is a grim indicator of the power of the deadly blasts.

Communal tensions flare up in Sri Lanka after Easter Sunday blasts; hundreds of Muslims refugees flee Negombo town
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Communal tensions flare up in Sri Lanka after Easter Sunday blasts; hundreds of Muslims refugees flee Negombo town

At least 359 people perished in the coordinated series of blasts targeting churches and hotels. Church leaders believe the final toll from the attack on St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo could be close to 200, almost certainly making Negombo the deadliest of the six near-simultaneous attacks

Probe into Sri Lanka blasts reveals dark secrets of millionaire businessman Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim's family
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Probe into Sri Lanka blasts reveals dark secrets of millionaire businessman Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim's family

The early Sunday bombings shattered the relative calm that has existed in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka since a civil war against mostly Hindu, ethnic Tamil separatists ended 10 years ago, and raised fears of a return to sectarian violence

Sri Lanka blasts: Grave digger speaks of 'struggle to steady hands' while preparing to bury infant
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Sri Lanka blasts: Grave digger speaks of 'struggle to steady hands' while preparing to bury infant

Among the victims whose grave Piyasri Gunasena dug on Tuesday was an 11-month baby boy who died in the Sri Lanka blasts, and he said he had struggled to steady his hands as he worked