Elephant injures 17 after going on rampage during religious festival (Metro)

More than a dozen people were injured after an elephant ran amok at a religious festival in Sri Lanka. At least 17 worshipers were hurt at the Kotte Rajamaha Vihara temple on Saturday night when the huge animal suddenly bolted.…

Muslims rejoin Sri Lanka cabinet after Easter bombings (Guardian)

Sri Lanka’s Muslim ministers who resigned en masse in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings have rejoined the government, officials said Tuesday, after police cleared them of any involvement with Islamists. Nearly 100 people linked to a local…

Sri Lanka attacks: India arrests man ‘linked to Easter Sunday bomber’ (BBC)

Indian anti-terrorism investigators have arrested a man with alleged links to the suicide bomber who planned Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter Sunday attacks. Investigators said Mohammad Azharuddin, 32, was friends on Facebook with Zahran Hashim, the alleged ringleader of the attacks,…

Cricket World Cup: Pakistan v Sri Lanka delayed by rain (BBC)

Rain delayed the start of the World Cup match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Bristol. The square remained covered at the scheduled start time of 10:30 BST, and further rain is expected. BBC Weather’s Lucy Martin told BBC Test…

Sri Lanka bans face coverings after attacks (BBC)

Sri Lanka has banned face coverings in public, following a spate of suicide attacks on Easter Sunday that killed at least 250 people and injured hundreds. President Maithripala Sirisena said he was using an emergency law to impose the restriction…

Sri Lanka attacks: Bomber ‘studied in UK and Australia’ (BBC)

One of the attackers behind the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka studied in the UK, officials say, as further details on the bombers emerge. The country’s deputy defence minister said the bomber studied in the UK before doing a…

Mass funerals on Sri Lanka’s day of mourning (BBC)

Sri Lanka has held its first mass funeral as the country marks a day of mourning for the victims of Sunday’s bomb blasts. The death toll from the attacks on churches and hotels has risen to 321 with about 500…

Sri Lanka explosions: 137 killed as churches and hotels targeted (BBC)

At least 137 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police and hospital sources say. At least seven blasts were reported. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district…

Sri Lanka advertising for executioners (CNN)

Sri Lanka has started advertising for executioners after the country’s President declared he would reinstate the death penalty. Candidates must be Sri Lankan men aged between 18 and 45, have “excellent moral character” and a “very good mind and mental…

Sri Lanka parliament sacking ‘illegal’ (BBC)

Sri Lanka’s top court has ruled that the president’s dissolution of parliament last month was unconstitutional, as a political crisis continues to grip the nation. President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed his prime minister and replaced him with former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa…

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