Jubilant supporters of Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after the general election in the capital Colombo on Tuesday. Sri Lanka’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse admitted his dream of a political comeback was over. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lankan voters decisively rejected former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s comeback bid, election results showed on Tuesday, leaving this island natio(...)

Supporters hold posters of the former Sri Lankan president and parliamentary candidate Mahinda Rajapakse  at the end of voting in the general election yesterday in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

Sri Lanka held a parliamentary election on Monday in which ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa was trying to stage a political comeback, as the leader who (...)

A train crosses the Nine Arches Bridge near the town of  Ella. Photograph: Graham Crouch/The New York Times

The man in the khaki vest slurped noisily from his cup, descended briefly into scowling meditation, spat the contents into a sink and then unleashe(...)

Pope Francis arrives to attend a canonisation Mass for Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a Buddhist temple yesterday, capping a trip to Sri Lanka where he told huge crowds that religions must unite to (...)

Kumar Sangakkara (right) and Mahela Jayawardena, after his last appearance in Sri Lanka, salute the Colombo crowd following Sri Lanka’s 87-run win over England which secured completed a 5-2 series victory

Perhaps some progress has been made by England after all. In the first match in Colombo Sri Lanka posted 317,for six. Three weeks later they could (...)

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot during their fourth One Day International match against England in Colombo on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

Kumar Sangakkara laid the foundation before Angelo Mathews completed a nervy chase as Sri Lanka beat England by six wickets in the fourth one-day inte(...)

Australian Phillip Hughes has died at the age of 25 after being struck by a short ball during a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG 2:09

As an opening batsman, the Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who has died aged 25 after being struck by a ball while on 63 during a Sheffield Sh(...)

Displaced people console each other at a relief centre 249kms towards the interior from Colombo, Sri Lanka. A landslide at a plantation buried a row of worker homes early on October 29th. Photograph: EPA

Hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in Sri Lanka were dashed yesterday, though a government minister cut the estimated (...)

Landslide affected Sri Lankans evacuating the area with their families and belongings at Meeriyabedda, Haldummulla in Badulla. Photograph: MA Pushpa Kumara

A landslide in hilly south-central Sri Lanka is believed to have killed more than 100 people today as it buried scores of houses, a government ministe(...)

Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were sent back by Australia cover their faces as they wait to enter a magistrate’s court in the southern port district of Galle. Photograph: Reuters

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s campaign for election last year was largely based on three-word slogans such as “Axe the tax” (a promise to(...)