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Sri Lanka: Families waiting for news from their children

Tuesday, December 3rd 2019, 0:01

Sri Lanka’s civil war ended 10 years ago but many still wait for news about loved ones who disappeared.
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Swiss condemn 'attack' on Sri Lanka embassy worker

Wednesday, November 27th 2019, 20:53
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

Abductors tried to force the woman to "disclose embassy-related information", Swiss officials say.
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Sri Lanka election: Wartime defence chief Rajapaksa wins presidency

Sunday, November 17th 2019, 15:11

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is declared the winner in a poll that has split the country along ethnic lines.
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka's powerful new president

Sunday, November 17th 2019, 8:04

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a controversial figure in Sri Lanka credited for ending the prolonged civil war.
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Outrage as Sri Lanka president pardons teen's killer

Sunday, November 10th 2019, 12:03
related countries: Sweden Sweden

Outgoing President Maithripala Sirisena frees the death row prisoner, who is from a wealthy family.
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Sri Lanka attacks: The beach paradise that wants its tourists back

Thursday, October 3rd 2019, 0:23

Five months after the Easter Sunday bombings, Sri Lanka is desperate for visitors to return.
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Sri Lanka's Muslims 'demonised' after Easter bombings

Tuesday, August 13th 2019, 1:13

Life for many of Sri Lanka's Muslims has become tougher since April's Easter Sunday bombings.
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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: The wartime strongman who wants to run Sri Lanka

Sunday, June 30th 2019, 0:52

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the former defence chief who crushed the Tamil Tigers, is eyeing a return to power.
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Crossing Divides: The Sri Lankan civil war enemies who fell in love

Wednesday, June 12th 2019, 23:14

Gauri Malar and Roshan Jayathilake were bitter foes during Sri Lanka's civil war, then they fell in love.
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How Sri Lanka's arrack coconut spirit went upmarket

Wednesday, June 5th 2019, 22:59

Once considered a poor man's tipple, Sri Lankan spirit arrack is now a hip drink around the world.
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The man who might have stopped Sri Lanka's Easter bombings

Friday, May 31st 2019, 0:33

Few realised before the attacks that Sri Lanka had a problem with Islamist militancy. One man who did was Mohammad Razak Taslim.
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Sri Lanka's war 10 years on: Finding Father Francis

Friday, May 17th 2019, 23:01

The priest boarded military buses with 360 people at the end of Sri Lanka's civil war - they were never seen again.
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Sri Lanka president: IS 'chose Sri Lanka to show they exist'

Monday, May 6th 2019, 9:24

President Sirisena says the militants targeted a country which had 'recently established peace'.
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Sri Lanka attacks: Where else in the world have face coverings been banned?

Monday, April 29th 2019, 23:24

Following the Sri Lankan ban, BBC Reality Check looks at other countries that have imposed either a partial or complete ban on face coverings
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Sri Lanka bombings: 'I invited the bomber into the church'

Saturday, April 27th 2019, 14:10
related countries: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Brother Stanley was the pastor in charge of the Zion church in Sri Lanka when the bombing happened.
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Sri Lanka bombings ringleader died in hotel attack, president says

Friday, April 26th 2019, 14:40

The Islamist preacher led the attack on the Shangri-La hotel, the president says.
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US woman wrongly identified as Sri Lanka attack suspect

Friday, April 26th 2019, 5:37
related countries: United States United States

Sri Lankan police wrongly used a picture of Amara Majeed, an activist who fights Muslim stereotypes.
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Sri Lankans in Christchurch mourn after recent attacks

Thursday, April 25th 2019, 23:57

The Easter Sunday bomb attacks hold a special significance for the Sri Lankan residents of Christchurch.
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Sri Lanka attacks: 'They gave me a hug the night before'

Thursday, April 25th 2019, 19:57

The surviving family of siblings who were killed in Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday attack have paid tribute to the teenagers.
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Sister of Sri Lanka attacks 'ringleader' Zahran Hashim condemns attacks

Thursday, April 25th 2019, 14:06

Zahran Hashim founded a mosque and is accused of leading the group of bombers who killed more than 350 people.
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What we know so far

Wednesday, April 24th 2019, 21:16

At least 359 people were killed by suicide bombers who struck churches and hotels on Easter Sunday.
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Sri Lanka attacks: Who are National Thowheed Jamath?

Wednesday, April 24th 2019, 10:51

The hardline Islamist group has been blamed for the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lanka attacks: IS 'may be linked', government says

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019, 23:34

The scale of the attacks suggests that there was foreign assistance, Sri Lankan authorities say.
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Sri Lanka attacks: Volunteers' small acts of kindness for mourners

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019, 17:27
related places: Negombo

Volunteers provide water, food and support to those mourning the bombing in Negombo, Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lanka attacks: CCTV shows suspected Sri Lanka church bomber

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019, 13:31

A man with a large backpack can be seen walking into St Sebastian's church just before a device is detonated.
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Sri Lanka attacks: Family attends funeral

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019, 0:40

Speaking at his wife's funeral, Lewis Allen recalls the moment he learnt she had died in the Sri Lanka attacks.
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'Church of miracles' a symbol of hope

Monday, April 22nd 2019, 13:49

St Anthony's, the site of one of Sri Lanka's deadliest Easter bombings, is more than a place of worship.
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Three of tycoon's children killed

Monday, April 22nd 2019, 10:19
related countries: Denmark Denmark

Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen and his family were visiting Sri Lanka, where three of his four children died.
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Sri Lanka attacks: 'My heart shattered when I saw the bodies'

Monday, April 22nd 2019, 8:40

Eyewitnesses of the bombing of Sri Lanka's St Anthony's Shrine have described horrific scenes.
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Sri Lanka attacks: More than 200 killed as churches and hotels targeted

Sunday, April 21st 2019, 19:17

At least 207 people are killed and 450 hurt in eight blasts targeting churches and hotels.
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Kottu roti: The street food that makes you feel like dancing

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019, 23:16

Kottu Roti is a street food favourite in Sri Lanka. And watching it being cooked is almost as fun as actually eating it.
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'We seized our island back from the navy'

Monday, February 11th 2019, 0:32

How a community forced from their idyllic island reclaimed it from Sri Lanka's navy after years of war.
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R Kelly: backlash as singer announces Australia tour

Wednesday, February 6th 2019, 9:05
related countries: Australia Australia, New Zealand New Zealand

The singer, who is accused of sex abuse, tweets plans to tour Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lanka police arrest two for bribing life-size cutout

Friday, January 4th 2019, 17:56

They shared a video of one of them giving money to the life-size cutout of an officer in Sri Lanka.
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Mahinda Rajapaksa: Return of Sri Lanka's wartime strongman

Saturday, November 10th 2018, 1:43

Mahinda Rajapaksa's return could imperil new freedoms and reconciliation efforts in a fractured nation.
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Sri Lanka v England: Galle's last international cricket match?

Monday, November 5th 2018, 0:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The England v Sri Lanka first Test could be the last international cricket match played at the iconic ground.
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Sri Lanka crisis: House of Cards in the Indian Ocean

Sunday, November 4th 2018, 0:01
related countries: India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean

The island nation of Sri Lanka is gripped by a dramatic political crisis - here's what you need to know.
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Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapaksa, former president, named as PM

Friday, October 26th 2018, 16:56

In a shock move, Sri Lanka's president names his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new premier.
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The little lion cub raised by a dog

Wednesday, October 17th 2018, 23:06

A lion cub in Sri Lanka was nursed by a dog after being rejected by his mother in a zoo.
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Sri Lanka's Pidurangala Rock: Bare bums stir trouble

Wednesday, September 26th 2018, 12:44

Sri Lankan police arrest three young men who took semi-nude photos at Sri Lanka's Pidurangala Rock.
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Sri Lanka to ban Hindu animal sacrifice

Wednesday, September 12th 2018, 16:07

The ritual killing of animals such as goats could soon be outlawed at Sri Lanka's Hindu temples.
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Sri Lanka conflict: 'Why can't you find our sons?'

Monday, September 10th 2018, 21:27

Nearly 10 years after the civil war ended, Tamils are still searching for their loved ones.
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Sri Lankan president's anger over airline cashew nuts

Monday, September 10th 2018, 15:33

Maithripala Sirisena says the snack he was served on Sri Lanka Airlines was not even fit for dogs.
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Sri Lanka's Galle cricket stadium risks being demolished

Saturday, July 21st 2018, 12:07
related places: Galle

The famously picturesque ground, in southern Sri Lanka, is next to a World Heritage-listed fort.
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