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The  crippled Singapore-registered container cargo vessel MV X-Press Pearl northwest of Colombo port in Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA/Sri Lankan Air Force

A chemical-laden container ship that has been on fire for almost two weeks is sinking off the coast of Sri Lanka, sparking fears of an environmental d(...)

Smoke billowing from the Singapore-registered container ship MV X-Press Pearl which carries hundreds of containers of chemicals and plastics, as it is towed away from the coast of Colombo. Photograph: Sri Lanka Air Force/AFP via Getty Images

A cargo ship carrying tonnes of chemicals sank off Sri Lanka’s west coast, its navy said on Wednesday, and tonnes of plastic pellets have fouled the c(...)

  Ann O’Carroll (1952-2021)

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. You can read more of them here. If you (...)

Former LTTE (Tamil Tiger) fighters who went through the government’s rehabilitation programme: Thusi Manivannan (31), Tharshan Mariyaneshan (32) Rakeeshan Kilayanathan (40), Punithan (45) and Kumar Ramalingam (45). Photograph: Tom Farrell

Punithan, now in his mid-40s, still remembers his induction at age 14 into the Tamil Tigers, the now defunct rebel army that once controlled much of S(...)

Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa leaves a polling station after casting his vote in the country’s parliamentary elections  in Tangalla. Photograph: EPA/STR

Sri Lankans went to the polls in parliamentary elections on Wednesday, with analysts predicting that the Rajapaksa political dynasty will tighten its (...)

St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, after multiple explosions targeting churches and hotels killed 259 people in April 2019. Photograph: Getty Images.

The Department of Foreign Affairs assisted 1,723 Irish citizens caught up in major incidents overseas last year. These incidents included terrorist a(...)

Supporters of Sri Lanka’s Podujana Peramuna  party presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa shout slogans during a campaign rally in Homagama on Wednesday. Photograph:  Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

On a vast tract of newly reclaimed land off Sri Lanka’s seafront capital, construction is under way on a huge Chinese-backed project designed to turn (...)

Thousands of Buddhists listen to Sitagu Sayadaw, one of Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist leaders, in Paleik in November 2017. Photograph: Minzayar Oo/The New York Times

The Buddhist abbot was sitting cross-legged in his monastery, fulminating against the evils of Islam, when the petrol bomb exploded within earshot. Bu(...)

Sri Lankan soldiers guard a road after a mob attack in Kottampitiya, Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Photograph:   Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Sri Lankan police arrested 23 people on Tuesday in connection with a spate of attacks on Muslim-owned homes and shops in apparent reprisal for the Eas(...)

 Sri Lankan Security personnel check people before they enter the church as services resume again after the Easter Sunday attacks, at the âAll Saints™ Church in Colombo. Photograph: Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Catholics in the Sri Lankan cities of Colombo and Negombo, where churches were struck by suicide bombers on Easter Sunday, have held their first Sunda(...)

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