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Sri Lanka blasts: President Maithripala Sirisena says he was not informed about intelligence warnings on deadly bombings
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Sri Lanka blasts: President Maithripala Sirisena says he was not informed about intelligence warnings on deadly bombings

President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena said he was not informed about the intelligence warnings ahead of the blasts at churches and hotels that killed over 350 people.

Islamic State claims Sri Lanka suicide bombings, says it was behind 'blessed attack' targeting Christians on 'blasphemous holiday'
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Islamic State claims Sri Lanka suicide bombings, says it was behind 'blessed attack' targeting Christians on 'blasphemous holiday'

The Islamic State's claim, accompanied by a photo and video of the men who they said had unleashed the suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, emerged more than two days after the near-simultaneous blasts ripped through three high-end hotels.

Indian intelligence warned Sri Lanka about threat to churches two hours before first blast, reports Reuters
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Indian intelligence warned Sri Lanka about threat to churches two hours before first blast, reports Reuters

Sri Lankan intelligence officials were tipped off about an imminent attack by Islamist militants hours before a series of suicide bombings killed more than 300 people on Easter Sunday, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Sri Lanka names local Islamist group National Thowheed Jama’ath behind Easter blasts; govt to investigate role of 'foreign links'
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Sri Lanka names local Islamist group National Thowheed Jama’ath behind Easter blasts; govt to investigate role of 'foreign links'

The Sri Lankan government accepted on Monday — after speculations of foreign involvement — that all the attackers were local and part of Jamath, a Sri Lankan organisation. Police have so far arrested 24 people in the wake of the attacks. However, no detail about them has been divulged. But according to AFP, authorities have said they will look into whether the attackers had any "overseas links" or "international support".

Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka: Authorities ignored intelligence memo that warned of attacks; alert was circulated day before explosions
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Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka: Authorities ignored intelligence memo that warned of attacks; alert was circulated day before explosions

A memo that warned of a potential attack was circulated a day before the deadly blasts in Sri Lanka. The memo dated 11 April was signed by Sri Lanka's deputy inspector general of police.

Sri Lanka blasts: Timing of 'barbaric' explosions indicate coordinated attack; president, PM urge public to not believe 'false news'
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Sri Lanka blasts: Timing of 'barbaric' explosions indicate coordinated attack; president, PM urge public to not believe 'false news'

On Sunday, eight blasts in Sri Lanka, including at three hotels in Colombo and three packed Catholic churches, killed 215 people and injured scores more.

Sri Lanka's TNA, JVP pledge to work together to abolish executive presidency in 20th amendment of nation's constitution
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Sri Lanka's TNA, JVP pledge to work together to abolish executive presidency in 20th amendment of nation's constitution

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party TNA and Marxist party JVP on Monday held a rare meeting in Colombo and decided to work together towards abolishing the executive presidency in the country

Sri Lanka political row: Maithripala Sirisena names new Cabinet after reinstating Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister
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Sri Lanka political row: Maithripala Sirisena names new Cabinet after reinstating Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister

Maithripala Sirisena sparked the political crisis on 26 October when he sacked Wickremesinghe in a bid to name nationalist firebrand Mahinda Rajapakse as prime minister.

US looking forward to continuing to engage with Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, says Washington official
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US looking forward to continuing to engage with Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, says Washington official

The US anticipates the Sri Lankan government will focus on taking steps to bolster the economy and restore the country's international standing, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia David Ranz said.

Ranil Wickremesinghe takes oath as Sri Lanka's prime minister at Presidential Secretariat in Colombo
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Ranil Wickremesinghe takes oath as Sri Lanka's prime minister at Presidential Secretariat in Colombo

Ranil Wickremesinghe was administered the oath of office by President Maithripala Sirisena at a simple ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.

Sri Lanka crisis: Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as prime minister; Ranil Wickremesinghe expected to return to office tomorrow
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Sri Lanka crisis: Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as prime minister; Ranil Wickremesinghe expected to return to office tomorrow

Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis in the island nation.

Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign; Ranil Wickremesinghe's supporters hopeful for reinstatement in office
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Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign; Ranil Wickremesinghe's supporters hopeful for reinstatement in office

Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign on Saturday, the disputed Sri Lankan prime minister's son announced on Friday, signalling an end to the nearly two-month power tussle in the island nation after two crucial Supreme Court decisions made the embattled former strongman's efforts to cling to premiership untenable.

Sri Lanka's political crisis: Supreme Court rules dissolution of Parliament by Maithripala Sirisena as 'illegal'
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Sri Lanka's political crisis: Supreme Court rules dissolution of Parliament by Maithripala Sirisena as 'illegal'

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that the dissolution of Parliament by Maithripala Sirisena was "illegal", in a body blow to the embattled President, whose controversial decisions plunged the island nation into an unprecedented political turmoil.

Dissolving Sri Lanka Parliament before term unconstitutional, rules Supreme Court; Ranil Wickremesinghe asks president to respect verdict
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Dissolving Sri Lanka Parliament before term unconstitutional, rules Supreme Court; Ranil Wickremesinghe asks president to respect verdict

Sri Lanka plunged into political turmoil when President Maithipala Sirisena surprisingly sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister in late October and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa. When Sirisena's decision was contested, he dissolved Parliament and called for a snap parliamentary election in January.

Blow to Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lankan Parliament passes motion to reinstate ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
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Blow to Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lankan Parliament passes motion to reinstate ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lanka is going through a major political crisis since 26 October when President Maithripala Sirisena, in a controversial move, removed Wickremesinghe and installed ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.

Sri Lanka court denies Mahinda Rajapakse authority to act as PM, rules Cabinet cannot function until legitimacy established
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Sri Lanka court denies Mahinda Rajapakse authority to act as PM, rules Cabinet cannot function until legitimacy established

Sri Lanka has been in crisis since 26 October when the president sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and appointed Rajapakse — who was voted out twice by parliament last month but refuses to step down.

Maithripala Sirisena mulls backing down in crisis over Sri Lanka Parliament, seeks 'dignified exit' from controversy
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Maithripala Sirisena mulls backing down in crisis over Sri Lanka Parliament, seeks 'dignified exit' from controversy

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is considering dropping an attempt to dissolve the parliament to ease off weeks of political deadlock, sources close to the president told Reuters.

Sri Lanka military chief Ravindra Wijegunaratne faces legal action for allegedly covering up mass murders during civil war, detained
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Sri Lanka military chief Ravindra Wijegunaratne faces legal action for allegedly covering up mass murders during civil war, detained

Wijegunaratne is the highest-ranking military officer in Sri Lanka to ever be held by a court over alleged crimes from Sri Lanka's wartime past, when the armed forces were accused of grave abuses against civilians.

Sri Lanka crisis: 122 MPs challenge Mahinda Rajapaksa's leadership in court, fear 'state of anarchy and chaos'
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Sri Lanka crisis: 122 MPs challenge Mahinda Rajapaksa's leadership in court, fear 'state of anarchy and chaos'

Sri Lanka has been embroiled in a severe political crisis after Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe and appointed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister on 26 October.

Sri Lankan president vows never to reappoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as PM, to order inquiry into his three years in office
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Sri Lankan president vows never to reappoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as PM, to order inquiry into his three years in office

Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena last month abruptly sacked Wickeremesinghe and replaced him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapksa in a controversial move termed by many as unconstitutional.