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  • The Economics of Rajapakse's downfall

    The Economics of Rajapakse's downfall

    “It’s the economy, stupid” is by now a famous catchphrase apparently coined by Clinton’s campaign team, to remind themselves of the importance of the state of the economy when voters make their decisions on who to vote for. It is said that if the economy is in bad shape with high unemployment and ra

    January 22, 2015
  • Lanka rehabilitates humiliated ex-army chief

    Lanka rehabilitates humiliated ex-army chief

    COLOMBO, Jan 21, 2015 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's new government on Wednesday exonerated former army chief Sarath Fonseka of all charges, including treason, that were filed by former president Mahinda Rajapakse, and restored his rank and medals.

    January 22, 2015
  • Jayawardene, Sangakkara set up Sri Lanka

    Jayawardene, Sangakkara set up Sri Lanka

    NELSON, New Zealand, Jan 20, 2015 (AFP) - An innings of 94 from Mahela Jayawardene and 76 from Kumar Sangakkara helped Sri Lanka to reach 276 against New Zealand in the fourth one-day international at Nelson on Tuesday.

    January 20, 2015
  • Rajapakse brother accused of killing editor

    Rajapakse brother accused of killing editor

    COLOMBO, Jan 18, 2015 (AFP) - Sri Lankan authorities are investigating a claim that the toppled president's younger brother ran a "death squad" and ordered a high-profile newspaper editor's assassination, a police spokesman said Sunday.

    January 19, 2015
  • Lanka new govt lifts travel ban on foreigners

    Lanka new govt lifts travel ban on foreigners

    COLOMBO, Jan 16, 2015 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's new government Friday announced lifting a ban on foreign nationals visiting to the island's former war zones and scrapped an economic embargo on minority Tamil regions.

    January 17, 2015
  • Ton-up McCullum takes fight to Sri Lanka

    Ton-up McCullum takes fight to Sri Lanka

    HAMILTON, New Zealand, Jan 15, 2015 (AFP) - A magnificent Brendon McCullum century gave New Zealand a flying start in the second one-day international against Sri Lanka before the vistors capitalised on a string of reckless errors to fight back into the match.

    January 15, 2015
  • Rajapakse faces graft complaint

    Rajapakse faces graft complaint

    COLOMBO, Jan 14, 2015 (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans crowded the Colombo seafront Wednesday as Pope Francis canonised the island's first saint in one of the biggest public gatherings the city has ever witnessed.

    January 14, 2015
  • Sri Lanka's Rajapakse denies coup bid

    Sri Lanka's Rajapakse denies coup bid

    COLOMBO, Jan 13, 2015 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapakse on Tuesday denied government allegations that he attempted a coup to remain in office after it became clear that he had lost last week's election.

    January 13, 2015
  • Pope urges respect for human rights in SL

    Pope urges respect for human rights in SL

    COLOMBO, Jan 13, 2015 (AFP) - Pope Francis urged respect for human rights in Sri Lanka as he began a two-nation Asia tour on the island Tuesday, bearing a message of peace and reconciliation after a decades-long civil war.

    January 13, 2015
  • Coup averted in Sri Lanka: new government

    Coup averted in Sri Lanka: new government

    COLOMBO, Jan 11, 2015 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's new government on Sunday accused toppled strongman Mahinda Rajapakse of having tried to stage a coup to cling to power after losing last week's presidential election.

    January 12, 2015
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