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UN rights council launches Sri Lanka war crimes probe

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Colombo's fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution which said it was time for a "comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka".

UN rights council launches Sri Lanka war crimes probe

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Colombo's fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution which said it was time for a "comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka". jwf/apo/txw

U.N. rights boss urges international war crimes probe for Sri Lanka

By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - An international inquiry into alleged Sri Lankan war crimes would allow witnesses to testify after domestic probes failed to carry out credible investigations, the U.N. human rights chief said on Wednesday, on the eve of a resolution that is critical of the Indian Ocean island nation.

UN rights chief urges probe of Sri Lanka war crime claims

UN rights chief Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged the international community to launch a probe into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka in 2009 and ongoing violations in the country. "An international inquiry is not only warranted, but also possible, and can play a positive role in eliciting new information and establishing the truth where domestic inquiry mechanisms have failed," Pillay told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Sri Lanka faces toughest UN censure over war crimes

Sri Lanka faces fresh condemnation at the United Nations' top human rights body this week in a move that observers say could lead to an international criminal investigation for war crimes. A US-led resolution demanding accountability for thousands of deaths of ethnic Tamil civilians five years ago is almost certain to be adopted at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

Cricket: South Africa vs Sri Lanka World Twenty20 scoreboard

Scoreboard of the World Twenty20 Super-10 stage group one match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium on Saturday: Sri Lanka K. Perera c de Villiers b Tahir 61 T. Dilshan b Steyn 0 M. Jayawardene c Steyn b M. Morkel 9 K. Sangakkara c Tsotsobe b Tahir 14 A. Mathews b Steyn 43 D. Chandimal st de Kock b Tahir 12 T. Perera b M. Morkel 8 N. Kulasekara not out 7

Sri Lanka records slower growth, holds rates

Sri Lanka's economy grew a weaker-than-expected 7.3 percent last year, the country's central bank said Friday as it kept interest rates at multi-year lows as it looks to boost private investment and lending. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka said last year's expansion was much stronger than the 6.3 percent recorded in 2012 thanks to a pick-up in exports and foreign remittances. However, the figure was below the bank's 8.0 percent forecast as an expected rise in lending had not taken place.

Sri Lanka GDP growth below forecast, bank holds rates

Sri Lanka's economy grew a weaker-than-expected 7.3 percent last year, the country's central bank said Friday as it kept interest rates at multi-year lows as it looks to boost private investment and lending. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka said last year's expansion was much stronger than the 6.3 percent recorded in 2012 thanks to a pick-up in exports and foreign remittances. However, the figure was below the bank's 8.0 percent forecast as an expected rise in lending had not taken place.

Cricket: Sri Lanka's Sangakkara to quit T20 after world meet

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara will retire from Twenty20 internationals after the ongoing World T20 in Bangladesh, the veteran left-hander told a newspaper on Sunday. The 36-year-old said he wanted to make way for younger players in the national team, but made himself available to play the shortest format in franchise-based competitions. "Definitely, without a doubt, this is my last World T20," Sangakkara told the Colombo-based Sunday Island newspaper. "I won't be playing any T20 internationals after this.

Cricket: Pakistan v Sri Lanka Asia Cup final scoreboard

Complete scoreboard of the Asia Cup final between Pakistan and Sri Lanka played at Shere Bangla stadium on Saturday. Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan c Thisara b Malinga 8 Ahmed Shehzad c Sangakkara b Malinga 5 Mohammad Hafeez c Sangakkara b Malinga 3 Misbah-ul Haq c Perera b Malinga 65 Fawad Alam not out 114 Umar Akmal c Priyanjan b Malinga 59 Shahid Afridi not out 0 Extras: (lb1, w5) 6 Total: (for five wkts; 50 overs) 260
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