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More than 100 beached whales saved off Sri Lanka

Wednesday, November 4th 2020, 4:13

The navy, environmentalists and locals pushed most of the beached pilot whales back into the sea.
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Sri Lanka: Rescuers rush to save beached pilot whales

Tuesday, November 3rd 2020, 6:23
related places: Colombo

Around 100 pilot whales are stranded near the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.
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Muttiah Muralitharan on the 'challenge' of his disputed biopic

Thursday, October 29th 2020, 1:29

A planned biopic of Sri Lanka bowler Muttiah Muralitharan has drawn protests but he insists it will air.
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From tea fields to university in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, September 29th 2020, 1:19

Theresa is one of the first women from her community of tea pickers in Sri Lanka to go to university.
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Oil tanker towed from Sri Lanka shoreline amid spill fears

Friday, September 4th 2020, 13:37

The navy begins towing the ship after a fire on board raises fears of an environmental catastrophe.
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Sri Lanka election: Rajapaksa brothers win 'super-majority'

Friday, August 7th 2020, 6:48

The victory for the Sri Lanka People's Front seals the Rajapaksa brothers' grip on power.
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Coronavirus funerals: Sri Lanka's Muslims decry forced cremation

Sunday, July 5th 2020, 6:48

Sri Lankan authorities insist on cremation for coronavirus victims. Some Muslims says its discrimination.
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Romania racism row: Bakers from Sri Lanka feel the heat

Sunday, March 8th 2020, 1:29
related countries: Romania Romania

A migration debate has gripped a small Romanian town after the arrival of three Sri Lankan bakers.
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How fear set in overnight in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, February 26th 2020, 4:15

Many fear Gotabaya Rajapaksa's return to power will re-open old wounds, but most are too afraid to speak out.
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The Sri Lankan hotel where an elephant is a guest

Monday, January 20th 2020, 13:29

Natta Kota, a fully grown Asian bull elephant, can often be found roaming around a Sri Lankan hotel.
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Buddha heirloom returned to Sri Lanka by Hampshire family

Thursday, January 16th 2020, 1:04

Relatives of a Sri Lankan archaeologist return a Buddha relic to a sacred temple 100 years later.
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Man tries to smuggle 200 live scorpions from Sri Lanka

Monday, January 13th 2020, 17:27
related countries: China China

The Chinese man was caught in Sri Lanka with the live animals hidden in his check-in luggage.
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Sri Lanka: Families waiting for news from their children

Tuesday, December 3rd 2019, 1:01

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, 21:53
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, 16:11

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, 9:04

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, 13:03
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, 2:23

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, 3:13

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, 2:52

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

Thursday, June 13th 2019, 1:14

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

Thursday, June 6th 2019, 0:59

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, 2:33

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

Saturday, May 18th 2019, 1:01

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, 11:24

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?

Tuesday, April 30th 2019, 1:24

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, 16:10
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, 16:40

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, 7:37
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

Friday, April 26th 2019, 1:57

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, 21:57

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, 16:06

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, 23:16

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, 12:51

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

Wednesday, April 24th 2019, 1:34

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, 19:27
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, 15:31

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, 2:40

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, 15:49

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, 12:19
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, 10:40

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, 21:17

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

Wednesday, April 3rd 2019, 1:16

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, 1:32

How a community forced from their idyllic island reclaimed it from Sri Lanka's navy after years of war.
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