Colombo http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/42243/all en Sri Lanka boosts security after anti-Muslim attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/sri-lanka-boosts-security-after-anti-muslim-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Elite police commandos patrolled a suburb of the Sri Lankan capital Friday after hundreds of rampaging Buddhist hardliners torched a Muslim-owned business in the latest in a series of mob attacks.</p> <p>At least three people were wounded when majority Sinhalese mobs stoned and later set fire to a clothing store in Pepiliyana on Thursday night, police spokesman Buddhika Siriwardena said.</p> <p>"We have deployed extra units of STR (Special Task Force commandos) and police to guard the area," Siriwardena told AFP. "The situation was brought under control within a few hours."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/sri-lanka-boosts-security-after-anti-muslim-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Colombo Disaster Government Social Issues Sri Lanka AFP Fri, 29 Mar 2013 06:01:46 +0000 5796833 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka boosts security after anti-Muslim attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/sri-lanka-boosts-security-after-anti-muslim-attack-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Elite police commandos patrolled a suburb of the Sri Lankan capital Friday after hundreds of rampaging Buddhist hardliners torched a Muslim-owned business in the latest in a series of mob attacks.</p> <p>At least three people were wounded when mobs from the ethnic Sinhalese majority stoned and later set fire to a clothing store in Pepiliyana on Thursday night, police spokesman Buddhika Siriwardena said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/sri-lanka-boosts-security-after-anti-muslim-attack-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Colombo Disaster Social Issues Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam AFP Fri, 29 Mar 2013 07:00:04 +0000 5796855 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka steps up security after anti-Muslim attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/sri-lanka-steps-security-after-anti-muslim-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lanka boosted security for Muslim-owned businesses across the country on Friday after a clothing store was torched by hundreds of Buddhist hardliners, scaling up religious tensions.</p> <p>Police said commandos of the elite Special Task Force were deployed in the Colombo suburb of Pepiliyana where mobs from the ethnic Sinhalese majority stoned and later set fire to a store and warehouse owned by Muslims late Thursday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/sri-lanka-steps-security-after-anti-muslim-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Colombo Disaster Religion Sinhala Social Issues War AFP Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:00:56 +0000 5797013 at http://www.globalpost.com Four arrested over Sri Lanka anti-Muslim attack: police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130330/four-arrested-over-sri-lanka-anti-muslim-attack-police <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lanka's police arrested four people and were looking for more suspects on Saturday over the smashing of a Muslim-owned clothing store that raised religious tensions in the country, a spokesman said.</p> <p>Police Superintendent Buddhika Siriwardena said a search was under way for those who torched and vandalised a section of the three-storeyed clothing store and warehouse on Thursday night in the Papiliyana suburb of Colombo.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130330/four-arrested-over-sri-lanka-anti-muslim-attack-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Colombo Disaster Social Issues Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Technology War AFP Sat, 30 Mar 2013 13:15:48 +0000 5797527 at http://www.globalpost.com Mob attacks Sri Lanka Tamil party as tensions rise http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130331/mob-attacks-sri-lanka-tamil-party-tensions-rise <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lanka's main Tamil party Sunday accused a pro-government mob of attacking them in the island's north as racial tensions rose after Buddhist extremists smashed a Muslim-owned business.</p> <p>The opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said their meeting in the town of Kilinochchi on Saturday was disrupted by a stone-throwing mob which had also attacked their vehicles and damaged a building while police looked on.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130331/mob-attacks-sri-lanka-tamil-party-tensions-rise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Colombo Disaster Social Issues Sri Lanka War AFP Sun, 31 Mar 2013 07:00:24 +0000 5797950 at http://www.globalpost.com Protests in Sri Lanka over French film festival http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130717/protests-sri-lanka-over-french-film-festival <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hundreds of government supporters protested outside the French embassy in Colombo Wednesday over a film festival which included a local movie considered by Sri Lanka's military to be insulting.</p> <p>Demonstrators chanted anti-French slogans, denouncing the Sinhalese-language movie "Flying Fish" and the embassy for showing it at the French film festival organised to coincide with Bastille Day celebrations.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130717/protests-sri-lanka-over-french-film-festival" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombo Republics Sri Lanka Sri Lanka AFP Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:33:52 +0000 5886242 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lankan protestor shot dead at tainted water demo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130802/sri-lankan-protestor-shot-dead-at-tainted-water-demo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lankan security forces shot dead one protestor and wounded dozens more when they fired on villagers at a demonstration over contaminated drinking water, police and residents said Friday.</p> <p>Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said the army had been called in on Thursday night to assist the police when a mob threw petrol bombs and tried to attack a police station near the capital Colombo.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130802/sri-lankan-protestor-shot-dead-at-tainted-water-demo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombo Disaster Government Political riots AFP Fri, 02 Aug 2013 10:35:35 +0000 5900849 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lankan protestor shot dead at tainted water demo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130802/sri-lankan-protestor-shot-dead-at-tainted-water-demo-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lankan security forces shot dead one protester and wounded dozens more when they fired on villagers at a demonstration over contaminated drinking water, police and residents said Friday.</p> <p>Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said the army had been called in on Thursday night to assist the police when a mob threw petrol bombs and tried to attack a police station near the capital Colombo.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130802/sri-lankan-protestor-shot-dead-at-tainted-water-demo-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombo Disaster Government Political riots AFP Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:02:35 +0000 5900902 at http://www.globalpost.com Opposition seeks foreign probe into Sri Lanka protest deaths http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130806/opposition-seeks-foreign-probe-sri-lanka-protest-deaths <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lanka's opposition Tuesday demanded an international investigation into a deadly army crackdown on villagers who were demonstrating against contaminated water supplies.</p> <p>The United National Party (UNP) criticised the army's plans for an internal military probe into the death of three civilians and wounding of 50 others during a protest at Weliweriya village near Colombo last week.</p> <p>"We cannot accept the government getting one of its henchmen to probe the killings," UNP general secretary Tissa Attanayake told reporters in Colombo. "Innocent civilians have been massacred."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130806/opposition-seeks-foreign-probe-sri-lanka-protest-deaths" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombo Disaster Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam War AFP Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:02:47 +0000 5903619 at http://www.globalpost.com Assault on mosque revives Sri Lanka religious tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130810/assault-mosque-revives-sri-lanka-religious-tensions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lankan police deployed commandos and imposed a curfew on a Colombo neighbourhood Saturday after a Buddhist-led mob attacked a mosque, wounding four people and reviving simmering religious tensions, officials said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130810/assault-mosque-revives-sri-lanka-religious-tensions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombo Mosque Social Issues War AFP Sat, 10 Aug 2013 18:02:07 +0000 5906972 at http://www.globalpost.com Curfew in Colombo as tensions rise after mosque attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130811/curfew-colombo-tensions-rise-after-mosque-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lankan police clamped a fresh curfew on a Colombo neighbourhood Sunday, a day after a Buddhist-led mob vandalised a mosque in an incident that raised religious tensions and sparked US concern.</p> <p>Police announced that a 13-hour curfew would be reimposed, starting at 6:00 pm (12:30 GMT) across the residential and commercial areas of Grandpass district, which remained under tight security following Saturday's attack that left four people wounded. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130811/curfew-colombo-tensions-rise-after-mosque-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombo Government Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Religion Social Issues War AFP Sun, 11 Aug 2013 14:32:06 +0000 5907353 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka allows mosque expansion despite Buddhist objections http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130813/sri-lanka-allows-mosque-expansion-despite-buddhist-objections <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez</p> <p>COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government said on Tuesday it would give the go-ahead to plans to develop a mosque in central Colombo, despite objections from Buddhist hardliners who have targeted members of the minority Muslim community in a spate of recent attacks.</p> <p>Requests to expand the mosque had been repeatedly rejected, Muslim clerics said, because the building work would mean having to cut down parts of a large bo-tree, considered sacred by Buddhists.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130813/sri-lanka-allows-mosque-expansion-despite-buddhist-objections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Colombo Religion Social Issues Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:30:43 +0000 5909198 at http://www.globalpost.com Belgium trade delegation sees FTA with China crucial for Sri Lanka http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131202/belgium-trade-delegation-sees-fta-china-crucial-sri-lanka <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Belgium trade delegation sees FTA with China crucial for Sri Lanka</p> <p>COLOMBO, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's impending Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China would be a "major step" for the island country's economy, a visiting Belgium trade delegation said here Monday.</p> <p>Sri Lanka and China have had several rounds of discussions on an FTA which is expected to be signed next year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131202/belgium-trade-delegation-sees-fta-china-crucial-sri-lanka" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombo International relations Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Xinhua News Agency Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:34:07 +0000 6006306 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka arrests fugitive politician over Briton's killing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140122/sri-lanka-arrests-fugitive-politician-over-britons-killing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lankan investigators arrested a ruling party politician who failed to turn up to his trial for the Christmas Day killing of a British tourist two years ago, police said Wednesday.</p> <p>Sampath Vidanapathirana, a councillor in the southern region of Tangalle, was tracked down and arrested in the capital Colombo on Tuesday night after he failed to answer a court summons nearly two weeks ago.</p> <p>"He was arrested by the CID (Criminal Investigation Department) in a house at Kotte," police spokesman Ajith Rohana said, referring to a suburb in the capital.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140122/sri-lanka-arrests-fugitive-politician-over-britons-killing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Colombo Government AFP Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:01:49 +0000 6050069 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka stock market closes down http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140521/sri-lanka-stock-market-closes-down <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lanka stock market closes down</p> <p>COLOMBO, May 21 (Xinhua)-- Sri Lanka's Colombo stock exchange fell 32.29 points, 0.51 percent, to close at 6,289.32 on Wednesday.</p> <p>Trading volume stood at 36.8 million shares worth 944 million rupees (about 7.3 million U.S. dollars).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> Asia Colombo Economy of Sri Lanka Xinhua News Agency Wed, 21 May 2014 14:08:08 +0000 6153003 at http://www.globalpost.com