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(...)

“One of the most tiresome duties was the six-hour night watch in the radio room. Little happened. Rarely was a telegram sent or received.  So, sitting there in my shorts, as the ship ploughed steadily through the blackness of the tropic night, I started to read Ulysses.”

One hot afternoon in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, I sought refuge from the boiling tropical sun in a shaded bookshop. There, in one of the long (...)

Amnesty supporters dressed as grim reapers, British prime minister David Cameron, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa and British foreign secretary William Hague, gather in Parliament Square, central London, last weekend to protest the British  government’s endorsement of Sri Lanka at the  impending Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron said today he will demand that Sri Lanka investigates allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses when he v(...)