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 (...)

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 (...)

The shootout between troops and suspected Islamist militants erupted on Friday evening in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara, to the south of the town of Batticaloa, sit. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The bodies of 15 people, including six children, were discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka, a milita(...)

Security personnel stand guard where three colleagues were killed during the search of a house owned by magnate Mohamed Yusuf Ibrahim, father of two of the suspected bombers, in Colombo. Photograph: MA Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Inshaf and Ilham Ibrahim were part of the Sri Lankan elite. Sons of a spice tycoon, they spoke fluent English and Inshaf’s copper factory on the outsk(...)

A soldier stands guard outside a mosque ahead of the Friday noon prayer in Colombo  following a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Photograph:  Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed to be linked to Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suici(...)

Priests walk on a blocked street as soldiers stand guard outside St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo on Thursday. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lankan officials revised the death toll from the Easter Sunday bombings down by about 100 on Thursday, blaming the difficulty in identifying body(...)

in Negombo, Sri Lanka, relatives mourn during the wake of an 11-year-old who was standing in line for Communion on Sunday when she was killed in one of the blasts. Photograph: Adam Dean/The New York Times

Sri Lankan officials believe the co-ordinated bombings of churches and hotels across the country on Easter Sunday was carried out by National Thowheet(...)

A relative of a victim of the explosion at St Anthony’s Shrine reacts at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

As Christians in Sri Lanka gathered on Sunday morning to celebrate Easter Mass, the culmination of Holy Week, powerful explosions ripped through three(...)

A victim is rushed to a hospital after explosions hit churches and hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Derana TV/Reuters.

The death toll from multiple Easter Day bomb blasts at Sri Lankan churches and luxury hotels has risen to 207, with 450 others injured, a police spoke(...)

  Sri Lankan president Maithreepala Sirisena (R) handing over official documents to Ranil Wickramasinghe as he is reappointed as prime minister, at the president secretariat in Colombo. Photograph: EPA

Sri Lanka’s president has re-appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly two months after firing him and setting off a long political sta(...)

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