Former Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, surrounded by party parliamentarians, participates in religious observances after signing his letter of resignation from the post at his official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka. File photograph: M.A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Sri Lanka’s embattled prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, only a month and a half after taking office and giving the country’s pres(...)

Supporters of Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, celebrate outside the supreme court  in Colombo on Thursday after it ruled the president’s dissolution of parliament was illegal. Photograph: Reuters

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament ahead of its term is unconstitutional, the country’s supreme court ruled (...)

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa  in Colombo on Wednesday. His appointment has triggered a week of political turmoil. Photograph:  Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

The president of Sri Lanka has agreed to reconvene parliament next week to resolve a constitutional crisis that has left it unclear who the country’s(...)

Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa (left) is sworn in as the new prime minister before President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo on Friday. Photograph: Sri Lanka’s president’s office via Reuters

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as prime minister on Friday, after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked incumbent Ranil Wi(...)

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 (...)

Rajitha Seneviratne, Sri Lanka’s government spokesman, speaks about a planned investigation into accusations of human rights abuses in the final stages of the country’s  26 year civil war. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Sri Lanka is planning an investigation into accusations of human rights abuses in the final stages of a 26 year civil war amid international frustrati(...)

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(...)

The Nallur Kandasawmy temple in Jaffna, a major Tamil shrine. Photograph: Tom Farrell

It is a rainy evening as worshippers gather at the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, one of the most important Hindu shrines in Sri Lanka. Located just(...)

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