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Sri Lanka’s new PM extends support to protesters demanding President Rajapaksa’s resignation

Colombo, May 15 (PTI) In an unusual move, Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has extended public support to the protesters, who have been camping at a popular beachfront…

Sri Lankan President says he will appoint new PM this week as army marches on streets of Colombo

Colombo, May 11 (PTI) Sri Lanka's embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday said he will appoint a new Prime Minister and a young Cabinet this week which would introduce constitutional…

Sri Lanka’s ruling family in fight for survival as crisis worsens

By Alasdair Pal and Uditha Jayasinghe WEERAKETIYA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - His beloved villa has been daubed in graffiti by protesters, and a museum dedicated to his father ransacked. Now…

The meeting, then the mob. A ‘turning point’ in Sri Lankan crisis

By Alasdair Pal and Uditha Jayasinghe COLOMBO (Reuters) - On Monday morning, hundreds of supporters gathered at the prime minister's official residence in Sri Lanka's commercial capital of Colombo where…

Protests at Lankan naval base housing ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa

Colombo, May 10 (PTI) A protest began in front of Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee Naval Base on Tuesday after reports emerged that former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and some of his…

Ancestral home of Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas set on fire in Hambantota

Colombo, May 9 (PTI) The ancestral home of the Rajapaksas in Hambantota has been set on fire by a group of anti-government protestors, hours after Mahinda Rajapaksa, the patriarch of…

Sri Lanka imposes nationwide curfew; deploys army in Colombo after clash

Colombo, May 9 (PTI) Sri Lankan authorities on Monday imposed a nationwide curfew and Army troops were deployed in the capital after pro-government groups attacked protesters outside embattled President Gotabaya…

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declares state of emergency; PM Mahinda Rajapaksa refuses to quit

Colombo, May 6 (PTI) Embattled Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency with effect from Friday midnight, the presidential media division said, the second time in just…

Russian forces disperse pro-Ukraine rally, tighten control in occupied Kherson

By Alessandra Prentice and Natalia Zinets KYIV (Reuters) -Russian forces used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a pro-Ukraine rally in the occupied city of Kherson on Wednesday, Ukraine's…

One dead after police fire on protesters in Sri Lanka amid bailout talks with IMF

By Uditha Jayasinghe and Devjyot Ghoshal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan police fired live ammunition to scatter protesters on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring a dozen more, as the…

Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa proposes to curb presidential powers amid anti-govt protests

Colombo, Apr 19 (PTI) Sri Lanka's embattled Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday proposed to restore the 19th amendment to the Constitution to curb presidential powers and empower Parliament as…

Growing defiance of COVID curbs in China brings wave of arrests

By Eduardo Baptista BEIJING (Reuters) - Sun Jian, a 37-year-old master's degree student in the Chinese city of Yantai, for months staged a solo campaign against his university's COVID-19 prevention…