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Sri Lanka extends state of emergency as police round up protest leaders

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Two activists who helped lead mass demonstrations that toppled Sri Lanka’s president have been arrested, police said, as parliament extended tough emergency laws imposed to restore order. Then acting-president Ranil W...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa expected to return to Sri Lanka, minister says

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Sri Lanka’s beleaguered former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country after mass protests and resigned this month, is expected to return home, according to a cabinet minister. Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka unde...

Sri Lanka security forces raid protest camp as Ranil Wickremesinghe flexes muscles

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Sri Lankan security forces have carried out a violent early morning raid on the main anti-government protest camp in Colombo, beating protesters, destroying tents and arresting nine people. Friday’s raid saw thousands...

There is a global debt crisis coming – and it won’t stop at Sri Lanka

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This January, even before Sanjana Mudalige’s salary as a sales worker in a shopping mall in Colombo, Sri Lanka, was slashed in half, she had pawned her gold jewellery to try to make ends meet. Ultimately, she quit her...

Sri Lanka security forces raid protest camp as Ranil Wickremesinghe flexes muscles

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Sri Lankan security forces have carried out a violent early morning raid on the main anti-government protest camp in Colombo, beating protesters, destroying tents and arresting nine people. Friday’s raid saw thousands...

Sri Lanka braced for more unrest as new president vows crackdown on ‘fascist’ protests

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Sri Lanka was braced for more unrest after newly appointed president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, vowed to crack down on the protests that toppled his predecessor, condemning them as “against the law”. Speaking after MPs pi...

Sri Lanka president vote: Ranil Wickremesinghe wins amid protests

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Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has been elected as president to replace the ousted Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a result that is likely to provoke turmoil among protesters who have been calling for weeks for...

Sri Lanka security forces raid protest camp as Ranil Wickremesinghe flexes muscles

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Sri Lankan security forces have raided the main anti-government protest camp in Colombo, dismantling it and evicting activists gathered outside the president’s office. The raid in the capital early on Friday came a da...

Sri Lanka braced for more unrest as new president vows crackdown on ‘fascist’ protests

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Sri Lanka was braced for more unrest after newly appointed president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, vowed to crack down on the protests that toppled his predecessor, condemning them as “against the law”. Speaking after being ...

Sri Lanka president vote: Ranil Wickremesinghe wins amid protests

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Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has been elected as president to replace the ousted Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a result that is likely to provoke turmoil among protesters who have been calling for weeks for...

Sri Lanka holds its breath as parliament chooses new president amid crisis

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An unprecedented secret ballot is underway in Sri Lanka’s parliament as its MPs choose between three candidates for president, amid hopes the new leader will be able to pull the island out of its worst economic and po...

Sri Lanka: acting president declares state of emergency ahead of MPs’ vote

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Sri Lanka’s acting president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has declared a state of emergency as his administration seeks to quell social unrest and tackle an economic crisis gripping the island nation. “It is expedient, so t...

Sri Lanka opposition leader quits presidential run in bid to stymie Wickremesinghe

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Sri Lanka’s main opposition leader, Sajith Premadasa, has withdrawn from the presidential race and thrown his support behind a rival candidate, presenting a significant challenge to prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe...

Sri Lanka protesters enter prime ministerial compound after president flees – video

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Protests erupted in Sri Lanka on Wednesday after the president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, fled to the Maldives on a military jet – but neither he nor the prime minster officially resigned, throwing the country into politica...

Sri Lanka: acting president declares state of emergency ahead of MPs’ vote

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Sri Lanka’s acting president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has declared a state of emergency as his administration seeks to quell social unrest and tackle an economic crisis gripping the island nation. “It is expedient, so t...

Sri Lanka on a knife-edge as Rajapaksa lands in Singapore

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The Sri Lankan president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has arrived in Singapore, with his final destination reported to be Saudi Arabia, as the beleaguered leader continues his pursuit of a safe haven. Sri Lanka has been gripp...

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