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U.N. body urges Sri Lanka to probe alleged war crimesupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 14:21:00

The United Nations Human Rights Council urged Sri Lanka Thursday to thoroughly investigate allegations of atrocities committed during the island nation's long and brutal civil war.

Sri Lanka state of emergency to end September 14updated: Thu Aug 25 2011 16:25:00

A six-year state of emergency in Sri Lanka is scheduled to end September 14, a government spokesman told CNN Thursday night.

Sri Lanka collapse to sensational last day defeatupdated: Tue May 31 2011 03:49:00

England secured one of the most remarkable wins in Test cricket history as opponents Sri Lanka collapsed to an innings and 14 runs defeat in Cardiff Monday.

U.N. reports on Sri Lanka war crimesupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 10:22:00

The U.N. has found war crimes allegations against both sides of Sri Lanka's conflict credible. CNN's Richard Roth reports.

Sri Lanka wait on Murali for final showdown against Indiaupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 13:02:00

Sri Lanka are sweating on the fitness of Muttiah Muralitharan ahead of Saturday's Cricket World Cup final showdown against India in Mumbai.

Murali helps Sri Lanka secure top-two spot at Cricket World Cupupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 15:41:00

Sri Lanka returned to the top of Group A with a convincing 112-run win over Cricket World Cup rivals New Zealand on Friday as veteran spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan took center stage in Mumbai.

Sri Lanka and Kiwis thrash minnowsupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 18:10:00

Sri Lanka opened their 2011 Cricket World Cup with a thumping 210-run win over Group A outsiders Canada in front of a home crowd in Hambantota.

Official: 7 dead, almost 1 million displaced from Sri Lanka floodingupdated: Sat Feb 05 2011 11:58:00

Heavy rains in Sri Lanka's North Central and Eastern provinces have displaced almost a million people and caused widespread devastation, a government official said Saturday.

Sri Lanka website's office torched after government criticismupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 06:49:00

Unknown assailants torched the offices of a Sri Lankan website critical of the government Monday.

Sri Lanka flood forces thousands to fleeupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 03:52:00

Thousands of people have had to flee their homes in Sri Lanka after flooding and mudslides.

Death toll climbs in Sri Lanka floodsupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 03:52:00

Aid workers scrambled to help more than a million people in Sri Lanka suffering from massive flooding described by the government as the worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.

Flooding leaves thousands homeless, kills 13 in Sri Lankaupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 15:26:00

Recent heavy rains across Sri Lanka caused flooding and landslides that left thousands homeless, killed 13 people and injured 44 others, the country's disaster management agency said Tuesday.

Heavy rains trigger flooding in Sri Lankaupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 08:19:00

More than 200,000 people have been affected by flooding resulting from heavy rains in Sri Lanka, a disaster management official said Monday.

Sri Lanka bans felling of coconut trees as country faces shortagesupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 18:17:00

Sri Lanka's coconut development minister has banned the felling of coconut trees in an effort to increase coconut production in the face of a severe shortage.

Army deserter's grenade injures police in Sri Lankaupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 13:05:00

A Sri Lankan army deserter killed himself and injured 16 police officers in a grenade explosion, police told CNN Wednesday.

Sri Lanka president sworn-in for a second termupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 03:57:00

Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, pledged to end underworld crimes, illicit drugs and corruption as he was sworn in for a second term Friday.

Sri Lankan president to be sworn in for second term; opponents boycottupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 20:35:00

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa is slated to be sworn in Thursday for a second six-year term at a nationally televised ceremony outside Colombo's presidential secretariat overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Record rains flood Sri Lanka, leaving 36,000 families homelessupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 13:04:00

The heaviest rain in 18 years flooded Sri Lanka on Thursday, leaving about 36,000 families homeless, marooning traffic and submerging the country's Parliament in four feet of water.

Dozens dead in Sri Lanka blastupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 10:32:00

Police say dozens of people were killed in an explosion at a construction storage site in Sri Lanka.

25 killed in Sri Lanka construction storage site blastupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 10:32:00

An explosion at a construction storage site in eastern Sri Lanka killed 25 people, far fewer than the 70 initially believed dead, the military said Friday.

Doctors remove nails allegedly hammered into maid by employersupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 09:43:00

Doctors at a Sri Lankan hospital operated for three hours Friday to remove 18 nails and metal particles allegedly hammered into the arms, legs and forehead of a maid by her Saudi employer.

Witness to Survival part 1updated: Wed Aug 11 2010 02:44:00

CNN's Sara Sidner gains rare access to areas hardest hit by Sri Lanka's 25-year-long civil war.

U.N. pushes war crimes probe as Sri Lanka steps up diplomacyupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 02:44:00

A protest at the U.N. compound and a cabinet minister's three-day "fast unto death" has not deterred U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from proceeding with a probe into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Sehwag strikes to give India hopeupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 13:32:00

Virender Sehwag was the star with bat and ball as he offered India a glimmer of hope as they bid to win the third Test and level the series against Sri Lanka.

Reclusive primate caught on camera for first timeupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 10:15:00

Wildlife researchers in Sri Lanka have photographed one of the world's most reclusive primates for the first time.

U.N. compound in Sri Lanka closed after siegeupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 06:10:00

The United Nations office in Sri Lanka remained closed Wednesday after a three-hour siege of its staff by a government minister and his supporters led to scuffles a day earlier.

U.N. appoints human rights panel for Sri Lankaupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 13:42:00

The United Nations secretary-general has appointed a panel of experts to probe human rights violations "during the final stages" of last year's civil war in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka rebounds after rebel defeat, but scars lingerupdated: Thu May 20 2010 23:16:00

Though tourism is bouncing back in Sri Lanka and authorities are busy building roads and bridges in former war-torn areas, troops are still finding weapons in old battlefields and the nation remains under a state of emergency one year after a decades-long civil conflict ended.

Sri Lanka war survivor: The future holds 'nothing'updated: Thu Apr 08 2010 04:39:00

Raveendran Jenatha doesn't exude the kind of excitement and wonder that young adults often do when it comes to figuring out their future. She is 21 years old and confident about what her future holds.

Court martial starts for Sri Lankan general once hailed as heroupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 10:11:00

Sri Lanka's former army chief appeared before a military court Tuesday, on charges that he says are designed to remove him from politics.

Sri Lanka opposition blasts ex-general's arrest, calls for protestsupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 20:06:00

Sri Lanka's opposition Tuesday called for nationwide protests over the "barbaric and extra-judicial" arrest of the country's former army chief, accusing President Mahinda Rajapaksa of undermining the country's democratic institutions.

Former Sri Lankan general arrested on conspiracy chargeupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 10:04:00

A former Sri Lankan general who ran against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in January has been arrested on charges of plotting to overthrow the country's government, authorities announced Monday night.

Sri Lanka: Hopes and fears after electionupdated: Wed Jan 27 2010 17:59:00

Sri Lanka has held its first presidential election since government forces put down a 26-year insurgency by Tamil Tiger rebels.

Sri Lanka's new battleupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 00:05:00

CNN's Sara Sidner reports on the battle between Sri Lanka's commander in chief and his former army commander.

Video alleges war crimesupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 21:23:00

CNN's Becky Anderson talks with a U.N. Special investigator investigating war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Voters gear up for Sri Lanka's first post-war presidential pollupdated: Sun Jan 24 2010 23:57:00

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will seek a fresh mandate in the upcoming elections in the South Asian nation, but he is facing a tough challenge from his one-time confidante and former Army commander, retired General Sarath Fonseka.

Sri Lankan diplomat denies abuses against Tamilsupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 20:37:00

A top Sri Lankan diplomat Monday strongly rejected charges his government is abusing human rights of members of the country's minority Tamil community in refugee camps after the country's quarter-century-long civil war.

Sri Lanka's human rights dilemmaupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 20:37:00

CNN's Christiane Amanpour looks at Sri Lanka's upcoming elections. Is there political will for reconciliation?

India force Sri Lanka to follow onupdated: Thu Nov 26 2009 12:01:00

Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has given India a golden chance to take a 1-0 lead in the Test series against Sri Lanka after the tourists failed to avoid the follow-on and then slumped to 57-4 in their second innings on Thursday.

Sri Lanka agrees to release 130,000 Tamils displaced by warupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 22:16:00

The Sri Lankan government said Saturday it will lift restrictions on thousands of war-displaced ethnic Tamils still residing in squalid internment camps.

Sri Lanka stun hosts South Africa in Champions Trophy openerupdated: Tue Sep 22 2009 17:20:00

Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a century and spinner Ajantha Mendis also starred as Sri Lanka defeated hosts South Africa in a rain-affected opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy at Centurion on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka camp controversyupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 20:34:00

Sri Lanka's human rights secretary Rajiva Wijesinha and Amnesty International's Sam Zarifi on the country's refugee camp.

U.N. envoy seeks probe into 'horrendous' Sri Lanka videoupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 12:07:00

A U.N. special representative wants an "independent investigation into the authenticity of a video" purportedly showing Sri Lankan troops killing two "naked and helpless men," as other corpses lay nearby.

Jail sentence for dissident Sri Lankan reporter condemnedupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 09:06:00

Two journalism groups have announced plans to honor a Sri Lankan reporter who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for articles that criticized the military.

Sangakkara puts Sri Lanka in total controlupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 12:21:00

Kumar Sangakkara struck an unbeaten half-century to put Sri Lanka in a strong position at the end of day three of the second Test against New Zealand in Colombo.

Video shows purported atrocities in Sri Lanka conflictupdated: Wed Aug 26 2009 23:36:00

Naked, bound and blindfolded, a crudely shot video shows a man being pushed to the ground by men wearing what appear to be military, camouflage fatigues.

Video may show war crimesupdated: Wed Aug 26 2009 23:36:00

Disturbing video appears to show executions style killings during the Sri Lankan war. CNN's Sara SIdner reports.

Sri Lanka pushing for Test victory in Galleupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 16:17:00

Tourists New Zealand will be battling to avoid defeat on the final day of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Samaraweera ton puts Sri Lanka in controlupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 12:45:00

Daniel Vettori and Chris Martin claimed four wickets apiece for New Zealand, but Thilan Samaraweera struck a superbly-composed 159 to leave Sri Lanka in the driving seat on day two of the first Test in Galle.

Floods hit Sri Lanka refugee campsupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 02:52:00

Flash floods have inundated refugee camps in northern Sri Lanka, endangering more than 16,000 Tamil refugees who only months ago survived cross-fire in the country's two-decade civil war, the United Nations says.

Calls for Sri Lanka to release displaced Tamil refugeesupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 02:45:00

The Sri Lankan government should immediately release more than 280,000 displaced Tamil civilians living in detention camps, a leading human rights group said Wednesday.

Sri Lanka take control of Colombo Testupdated: Sun Jul 12 2009 10:37:00

Paceman Nuwan Kulasekara claimed four wickets and then Kumar Sangakkara slammed an unbeaten half-century as Sri Lanka seized control on the first day of the second Test match against Pakistan in Colombo.

Pakistan head for win after Sri Lanka foldupdated: Mon Jul 06 2009 11:59:00

Pakistan new boys Mohammad Aamer and Saeed Ajmal put the skids under Sri Lanka as the visitors headed for victory in the first Test in Galle on Monday.

Superb Dilshan sends Sri Lanka into finalupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 17:09:00

A superb innings of 96 from Tillekeratne Dilshan sent Sri Lanka into Sunday's World Twenty20 final with an emphatic 57-run semifinal victory over West Indies at The Oval on Friday.

Sri Lanka storm into Twenty20 semisupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 16:06:00

Sri Lanka made it five wins out of five as they strode into the World Twenty20 semifinals with a 48-run victory that ended New Zealand's challenge at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on Tuesday.

Murali fires Sri Lanka to Super Eights winupdated: Sat Jun 13 2009 10:34:00

Muttiah Muralitharan struck twice in as many balls as Sri Lanka won a spin showdown against Pakistan in Friday's opening World Twenty20 Super Eights match at Lord's to go level with New Zealand at the top of Group F.

Century opening stand gives Sri Lanka winupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 16:06:00

Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillekeratne Dilshan's century opening stand powered Sri Lanka to a 15-run win over West Indies in their World Twenty20 match at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

Paper: 20,000 killed in Sri Lanka conflictupdated: Fri May 29 2009 05:43:00

More than 20,000 civilians were killed in the final months of Sri Lanka's civil war -- nearly three times previous estimates, The Times newspaper in Britain reported Friday.

Ban talks crisis in Sri Lankaupdated: Tue May 26 2009 03:44:00

CNN's Sara Sidner sits down with U.N. Secretary General regarding the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka urges surrender of rebel suspectsupdated: Tue May 26 2009 03:44:00

Sri Lanka's police chief on Tuesday urged "people who have links to terrorist activities" to surrender at the nearest police station or army camp.

U.N. seeks full access to Sri Lankan refugee campsupdated: Sun May 24 2009 22:58:00

Shell-shocked and scarred both inside and out, they huddle in tents, water and medicine in short supply -- hundreds of thousands of people, civilian victims of Sri Lanka's recently-ended civil war.

Sri Lanka street party celebrates end of civil warupdated: Sun May 24 2009 21:17:00

The deafening roar of drums and horns rose as thousands of people took to the streets in Sri Lanka Friday for a victory parade marking the end of the decades-long civil war.

U.N. secretary-general: Sri Lanka sites for the displaced 'appalling'updated: Sun May 24 2009 00:14:00

After visiting a displacement camp in Sri Lanka on Saturday and flying over the site of the last battle in the country's recently ended civil war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the sites "appalling."

Sri Lanka faces criticismupdated: Sun May 24 2009 00:14:00

Sri Lanka rejects criticism that it isn't providing for the estimated 250,000 war refugees. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Sri Lanka: We're providing enough for refugeesupdated: Thu May 21 2009 19:05:00

Sri Lanka has rejected criticism that it is not doing enough to provide for the estimated 250,000 refugees following the end of its war with the Tamil Tigers.

Sri Lankan president declares war 'victory'updated: Tue May 19 2009 21:59:00

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, flashing a broad smile, declared victory Tuesday in the country's 25-year civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Sri Lanka's endgameupdated: Tue May 19 2009 20:10:00

Sri Lanka's army says rebel leader may be among bodies killed in war zone.

Aid agencies scramble to help displaced in Sri Lankaupdated: Tue May 19 2009 20:10:00

Humanitarian aid agencies scrambled Monday to offer help to the tens of thousands of people in need after Tamil separatists declared an end to their quarter-century struggle in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: Tamil leader has been killedupdated: Mon May 18 2009 13:35:00

Sri Lanka's government said Monday its forces had killed Tamil rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran as he attempted to flee, according to the country's state-run news agency.

Tamil Tigers offer to 'silence our guns' in Sri Lanka conflictupdated: Sun May 17 2009 07:30:00

The Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka said Sunday they have "decided to silence our guns" as government forces closed in on their last stronghold.

Sri Lanka says it has seized last rebel areaupdated: Sat May 16 2009 12:54:00

Sri Lanka's prime minister warned Saturday that his country "stands on the brink," as its soldiers cornered Tamil Tiger fighters in an assault that is trapping more than 50,000 civilians on a small plot of coastal land.

Sri Lankan Red Cross worker killed in conflict zoneupdated: Fri May 15 2009 23:21:00

A Red Cross worker was killed Wednesday during shelling in the conflict zone in Sri Lanka, the third aid worker killed in six weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.

Sri Lankan president says civil war in 'final phase'updated: Fri May 15 2009 14:17:00

Sri Lanka's quarter-century-long civil war is in its final phase, the government suggested Friday, as its troops pounded Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's north.

U.N., U.S. call for end to Sri Lanka fightingupdated: Thu May 14 2009 00:14:00

The U.N. Security Council and U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for both sides in Sri Lanka's civil war to protect civilians and allow humanitarian aid into the conflict zone, where tens of thousands are trapped.

Media kicked out of Sri Lankaupdated: Tue May 12 2009 03:50:00

The Sri Lankan government is no longer allowing independent media. ITN's Nick Paton-Walsh reports

British journalists held in Sri Lanka deportedupdated: Sun May 10 2009 23:40:00

A British news team that had been detained by Sri Lankan authorities -- after producing a report about the alleged abuse of Tamils -- has left the country.

British journalists held in Sri Lanka after news reportupdated: Sat May 09 2009 23:51:00

Sri Lankan authorities on Saturday detained a British news team that produced a report about allegations of abuse and ill-treatment of Tamil refugees.

Sri Lanka: Troops close in on rebelsupdated: Tue May 05 2009 21:00:00

Tamil Tiger rebels have been pinned down by Sri Lankan government troops in a small section of the country's north, the Ministry of Defense claimed Tuesday.

Sri Lankan army claims key rebel strongholdsupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 05:36:00

The Sri Lankan army overran two Tamil Tiger rebel positions in the country's north on Tuesday, the military reported on its Web site.

Rebels: Sri Lanka still bombing civiliansupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 05:35:00

Sri Lanka ordered an end to combat operations against Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's north, the president's office said Monday. But the rebels accused the military of continuing to bomb civilians.

Indian officials 'read riot act' over Sri Lanka warupdated: Fri Apr 24 2009 11:50:00

Two senior Indian officials met with the Sri Lankan president Friday in Colombo to address the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn island nation.

Sri Lanka restricts military operation for New Yearupdated: Sun Apr 12 2009 08:05:00

The Sri Lankan president has ordered military troops to restrict their offensive against Tamil rebels while the nation celebrates the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

Tamils protest outside UK parliamentupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 07:18:00

Several hundred Sri Lankan Tamil protesters shouted slogans at the British Parliament for a second day Tuesday, urging it to act to end the "genocide" against their people in Sri Lanka.

Blast at Sri Lanka mosque kills 14, wounds 50updated: Tue Mar 10 2009 19:48:00

A suicide bomber killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 50 others Tuesday when he targeted a procession heading to a mosque in southern Sri Lanka, the country's official news agency said.

India calls for Sri Lanka civilian safe zonesupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 06:16:00

India made a renewed plea Tuesday for the safe evacuation of civilians caught in Sri Lanka's war zone in fighting between government forces and Tamil rebels.

India: 70,000 trapped in Sri Lanka war zoneupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 05:16:00

India on Wednesday urged Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels to "release" civilians, who it said numbered about 70,000 in Sri Lanka's war zone.

Sri Lanka accuses rebels of killing 17 civiliansupdated: Tue Feb 10 2009 08:56:00

Sri Lanka's military accused Tamil Tiger rebels Tuesday of killing 17 civilians and wounding 69 others who were fleeing rebel-held territory.

Bomber kills 17 in Sri Lankan refugee campupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 03:47:00

At least 17 people were killed and 45 others wounded Monday when a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a camp where civilians had sought refuge from the fighting between government troops and Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka, the defense ministry said.

Sri Lankan civilian nightmareupdated: Sun Feb 08 2009 21:34:00

Aid agencies say civilians are living a nightmare in war-torn areas of Sri Lanka. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Sri Lanka says 10,000 civilians flee fightingupdated: Sun Feb 08 2009 21:34:00

The Sri Lankan government said Sunday that more than 10,000 civilians have fled fighting between government forces and Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka over the past week, a "sudden increase" in people displaced by the violence.

Sri Lanka military: Rebel naval base capturedupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 01:45:00

The Sri Lankan military claimed it has struck a decisive blow against Tamil rebels in the taking of a rebel naval base at Chalai.

Sri Lankan president declares success over rebelsupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 01:45:00

Sri Lanka's president declared Wednesday that the country's Tamil insurgents are on the verge of total defeat, saying their demise has helped unite the island nation on the 61st anniversary of its independence.

Analysis: Sri Lanka's media faces growing pressureupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 00:41:00

Journalists in Sri Lanka have come under a growing number of attacks and intimidation, with some fleeing the country or losing their lives, media analysts and rights groups say.

Plight of Civiliansupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 00:41:00

CNN's Ram Ramgopal has a rare look at the plight of civilians in Sri Lanka, trapped between rebels and the army.

Sri Lankan hospital closes after being shelledupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 03:28:00

A hospital caught in the middle of fierce fighting between government forces and Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka has been closed down after being shelled for a ninth time in four days.

Sri Lanka hospital shelled for fourth timeupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 07:04:00

Three people were killed and 10 wounded when a hospital treating victims of Sri Lanka's civil war was shelled for a fourth time in two days, the International Committee of the Red Cross told CNN Tuesday.

Red Cross: Crisis unfolding in Sri Lankaupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 00:44:00

A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding in northern Sri Lanka with 250,000 unprotected civilians trapped in the crossfire between government troops and rebel forces, the Red Cross says.

Sri Lanka army chief: Troops have taken key rebel strongholdupdated: Sun Jan 25 2009 17:59:00

Sri Lankan soldiers have seized a key rebel stronghold after launching a surprise attack early Sunday morning, the head of Sri Lanka's army announced.

Dilshan helps Sri Lanka take charge in Testupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 09:46:00

Sri Lanka took total control of the second Test in Chittagong where Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera featured in an unbeaten fifth wicket stand of 131 against Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka leave Test rivals in a spinupdated: Sun Jan 04 2009 08:54:00

Spin pair Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan snapped up seven wickets between them in Chittagong where Sri Lanka took control of the second Test against Bangladesh.

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