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Cricket: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to win Asia Cup

Sri Lanka thumped Pakistan by five wickets in the final to lift the Asia Cup at Shere Bangla stadium in Dhaka on Saturday. Sri Lanka chased down a challenging 261-run target in 46.2 overs with opener Lahiru Thirimanne notching a brilliant 101. Defending champions Pakistan had posted a tough 260-5 with Fawad Alam hitting a maiden hundred with 114 not out. This is Sri Lanka's fifth Asia Cup title, equalling India's number of triumphs in the event initiated in 1984. str-sh/erf

Sri Lanka warns developing nations over UN censure

Sri Lanka on Saturday warned that US efforts to force an international investigation into alleged war crimes on the island could have an "adverse impact" on all developing nations. The Colombo government told the ongoing UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva that a draft resolution against Sri Lanka could set a "bad precedent". The US has given notice of a resolution backing UN rights chief Navi Pillay's call for an external probe into charges that Sri Lankan troops killed up to 40,000 civilians while crushing Tamil rebels in 2009.

Sri Lanka mass grave over old burial site

Sri Lankan authorities halted excavations after recovering 81 skeletal remains from an unmarked mass grave atop an old burial ground in the island's former war zone, an official said Saturday. Judicial medical officer Dhananjaya Waidyaratne said digging at a depth of about two metres (6.7 feet) led to the old cemetery and the authorities did not want to go deeper and disturbed those who had been properly buried.

US puts Sri Lanka on notice over alleged war crimes

A US-led resolution calling for an international probe into allegations that 40,000 civilians were killed at the end of Sri Lanka's separatist war has been filed with the UN's top rights body. In a draft resolution posted on the Human Rights Council's website on Tuesday, the United States endorses UN human rights chief Navi Pillay's call for an external investigation into alleged war crimes in the final stages of Sri Lanka's Tamil civil war in May 2009.

US puts Sri Lanka on notice over alleged war crimes

A US-led resolution calling for an international probe into allegations that 40,000 civilians were killed at the end of Sri Lanka's separatist war has been filed with the UN's top rights body. In a draft resolution posted on the Human Rights Council's website on Tuesday, the United States endorses UN human rights chief Navi Pillay's call for an external investigation into alleged war crimes in the final stages of Sri Lanka's Tamil civil war in May 2009.

US puts Sri Lanka on notice over alleged war crimes

A US-led resolution calling for an international probe into allegations that 40,000 civilians were killed at the end of Sri Lanka's separatist war has been filed with the UN's top rights body. In a draft resolution posted on the Human Rights Commission's website on Tuesday, the United States endorses UN human rights chief Navi Pillay's recommendation for an external investigation into alleged war crimes in the final stages of Sri Lanka's Tamil civil war in May 2009.

Cricket: Sri Lanka thump Afghanistan to reach Asia Cup final

Four-time champions Sri Lanka thumped newcomers Afghanistan by 129 runs to reach the final of the Asia Cup in Dhaka on Monday. The Islanders scored a challenging 253-6 with in-form Kumar Sangakkara hitting a solid 76 before they bowled their rivals out for a paltry 124 in 38.4 overs. Sri Lanka won all their three matches to gain 12 points, leaving them to play a meaningless last game against hosts Bangladesh on Thursday before having a tilt at the title.

Cricket: India v Sri Lanka Asia Cup scoreboard

Full scoreboard of the Asia Cup one-day tournament between India and Sri Lanka in Fatullah on Friday: India: R. Sharma lbw b Senanayake 13 S. Dhawan b Mendis 94 V. Kohli b Mendis 48 A. Rahane c Thirimanne b Senanayake 22 A. Rayudu c K. Perera b de Silva 18 D. Karthik c de Silva b Mendis 4 R. Jadeja not out 22 S. Binny lbw b Senanayake 0

Cricket: Sri Lanka beat India in Asia Cup

Sri Lanka defeated India by two wickets in Fatullah on Friday to record their second successive win in the five-nation Asia Cup one-day tournament. Sri Lanka, who beat Pakistan in their first match, restricted the reigning World Cup champions to 264-9 and then surpassed the target with four balls to spare. India, who won against Bangladesh, must defeat arch-rivals Pakistan in Dhaka on Sunday to stay in contention for a place in the final. str-kl/erf/lm

Sri Lanka steps up repression ahead of UN meet

Sri Lanka has instilled a "climate of fear" as it intensifies its repression of critics in the build-up to Colombo's expected censure by the UN's Human Rights Council, Amnesty International said Wednesday. In a new report, the London-based advocacy group documented the cases of several human rights defenders who had been targeted for harassment and surveillance by the Sri Lankan regime, including death threats.
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