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Astrologer arrested for predicting Sri Lankan president's death

An astrologer who predicted the death of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was arrested by the police Tuesday on allegations of misleading the public, officials said.

Sri Lanka drops proposal to decriminalize homosexuality

Sri Lanka has dropped a proposal to decriminalize homosexuality following protests, a senior cabinet minister said Wednesday.

Flight crew prevents drunk pilot from taking off in Frankfurt

A drunk pilot who wanted to take off on a flight from Frankfurt to Colombo with more than 270 passengers on board was stopped by the cabin crew, according to a report from news site on Sunday.

44 Sri Lankan migrants found stranded off Indonesia's Aceh waters

Forty-four Sri Lanka migrants including nine children have been found in the waters off Lhoknga in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh, local media reported Sunday.

21 dead, more than 100 missing in latest Sri Lanka landslides

Rescue workers recovered 21 bodies from two mudslides in central Sri Lanka, while more than 100 other people remained unaccounted for, a local government official said Wednesday.

Sri Lanka assures UN human rights chief on war crimes probe

Sri Lanka assured the visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday that it would adhere to its commitments on human rights and probe war crimes during the final phases of the civil conflict that ended seven years ago.

UN human rights envoy begins visit to Sri Lanka

The top UN human rights official began a four-day visit to Sri Lanka Saturday to assess progress in investigating alleged war crimes and improving reconciliation.

Sri Lanka destroys 1.5 tons of African elephant ivory

Sri Lanka Tuesday destroyed 359 confiscated elephant tusks weighing over 1.5 tons, officials said.
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