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Sri Lanka floods: Scores die as monsoon triggers mudslides
Sri Lanka floods: Scores die as monsoon triggers mudslides

Flooding and mudslides triggered by monsoon rains have left at least 91 people dead and more than 100 missing in Sri Lanka, officials say. About 20,000 have been forced from their homes in the south and west of the country, rescue agencies said. Military boats and helicopters have been sent to help rescue operations. The flooding is believed to be the worst since…

BBC - May 26 15:35 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

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Buddhist Body ‘Bans’ Ultra-Nationalist Monks
Buddhist Body ‘Bans’ Ultra-Nationalist Monks

A government-appointed body that regulates Myanmar’s Buddhist clergy has banned an ultra-nationalist monk organization known for its anti-Islamic rhetoric, according to media reports, ordering the group to disband or face punishment under both Buddhist and secular law. The Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (Ma Ha Na), a group of high-ranking monks that serves as…

UCAN - May 26 15:15 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

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  • Sri Lankan sex ring in Haiti reveals cracks in UN system

    Sri Lankan sex ring in Haiti reveals cracks in UN system

    When a Haitian teenager alleged that she had been raped and sodomized by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper, the government here dispatched a high-ranking general suspected of war crimes to lead the investigation. He didn’t interview the accuser or medical staff who examined her, but he cleared the peacekeeper — who remained in the Sri Lankan military. “A suspected…

    Washington Post - May 26 07:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, World, UN ]

  • Understanding Tamil diaspora and their involvement in developing the north

    Understanding Tamil diaspora and their involvement in developing the north

    Tamil diaspora shaped the Sri Lankan political landscape through its financial and ideological support during the military struggle. Subsequently the term “Tamil diaspora” was associated with a negative connotation amongst majority of Sri Lankans. It was also perceived that the Tamils residing abroad had immense financial capacity and cared more about the Tamils…

    FT - May 24 16:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, WarCrimes ]

  • Former foreign minister Axworthy to lead new international refugee council

    Former foreign minister Axworthy to lead new international refugee council

    Former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy has been tapped to lead a new international group in search of practical solutions to the world’s massive refugee crisis. Axworthy will head the World Refugee Council, which will be run out of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont. The council is branding itself as a fresh perspective…

    Globe and Mail - May 16 17:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, Canada, World ]

  • CrisisWatchTracking Conflict Worldwide:SriLanka

    Public discontent with national unity govt rising amid serious drought and administrative inefficiencies.Hopes for constitutional reform remained dim: reports emerged 11 April saying Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) informed Constitutional Assembly steering committee that it opposed any changes to constitution requiring referendum, suggesting President Sirisena has made…

    CrisisGroup - May 03 00:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • International Pressure should be maintained on Government

    International Pressure should be maintained on Government

    Leading Civil Society Activists Dr. Jehan Perera, stresses the need to ensure transitional justice for war victims. Dr. Perera, who is also the Executive Director of the National Peace Council, calls for continued pressure by the international community and civil society on the government to deliver in this regard.The outcry from the Tamil Diaspora is understandable.…

    Daily Mirror - Apr 26 15:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Canada and the Meaning of Diversity: Two Ambassadors Tell Their Story

    Canada and the Meaning of Diversity: Two Ambassadors Tell Their Story

    “My mother made sure to teach me what Germany had done during the war — the aggression, the crimes, the atrocities of the Holocaust and the impact Hitler’s lies had on Germany, its people and her family. Her words lingered. Once I joined Global Affairs, I specialized in human rights law, international peace and security, non-proliferation of weapons of mass…

    Medium - Apr 16 22:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, WarCrimes ]

  • Preet Bharara Is Fired After Refusing to Step Down as U.S. Attorney

    Preet Bharara Is Fired After Refusing to Step Down as U.S. Attorney

    Preet Bharara, the Manhattan federal prosecutor who was asked by President Trump to remain in his post shortly after the election, was fired on Saturday after he refused an order to submit his resignation. Mr. Bharara’s dismissal capped an extraordinary showdown in which a political appointee who was named by Mr. Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama,…

    NYT - Mar 11 20:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, World ]

  • Sri Lanka approves IMF reforms to loss-making state firms

    Sri Lanka has approved reforms to make loss-making state firms more efficient and put them on a path towards autonomy, in line with International Monetary Fund conditions for a $1.5 billion loan, an official document showed on Wednesday. The move comes as Sri Lanka struggles with heavy debts and balance-of-payments pressure while the government is in talks with an…

    Reuters - Mar 02 11:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, Economy ]

  • US State Department's entire senior management team quits as Secretary Rex Tillerson takes up post

    US State Department\'s entire senior management team quits as Secretary Rex Tillerson takes up post

    The entire senior level of management officials at the US State Department has resigned – rather than serve under President Donald Trump. In the latest display of disquiet among civil servants in Washington over the arrival of the new commander-in-chief, the four top senior officials at the equivalent of America's foreign ministry, announced that they were…

    Independent - Jan 26 21:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, World ]

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  • Sri Lankan church service prints Tupac rap lyrics by accident

    Sri Lankan church service prints Tupac rap lyrics by accident

    "A lot of people were in shock as whether it was a joke or someone would actually rap the song," he told CNN. "A few of the older ladies in front of us could not stop looking at the printed booklet." The rap version of Hail Mary contains lyrics about explicit violence, references to female genitalia and the N-word. Instead of the traditional "Hail Mary full of…

    CNN - Dec 28 02:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Remembrance Day helped one Sri Lankan immigrant develop his Canadian identity

    Remembrance Day helped one Sri Lankan immigrant develop his Canadian identity

    "I remember every November, more specifically around Remembrance Day, the teachers used to assign us the task of creating poppies with construction paper... and we used to cut it out and stick it around the walls," said Jegatheesan, whose family first settled in Toronto's Flemingdon Park neighbourhood when he was 4. Flemingdon Park is a community made up of over 70…

    CBC - Nov 14 11:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, History, World ]

  • Call for autonomous unit in North-East renewed

    The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) on behalf of the Sri Lankan Tamils resident overseas has called for the creation of an ‘Autonomous Tamil Region’ (ATR) in a re-merged Northern and Eastern Province to address their grievances. The two provinces comprise eight administrative districts. The GTF has acknowledged that a consensus among Tamil and Muslim leaders is a…

    Island - Nov 07 14:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • World Bank to provide US $ 85mn for R&D in Sri Lanka

    World Bank to provide US $ 85mn for R&D in Sri Lanka

    The World Bank will be providing Sri Lanka US$ 85 million in funding to improve the country’s Research and Development (R&D) due to the lack of external funding into the field. “We will be providing US$ 75 million for higher education through the country partnership framework,” World Bank Sri Lanka Lead Education Specialist Dr. Harsha Aturupane said…

    Daily Mirror - Oct 28 09:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Immigration detention of children and families must end

    Immigration detention of children and families must end

    Canadians have the opportunity to lead the world, as we have done with our welcome of Syrian refugees, by ending immigration detention of children and families and making sure our own policies do not exacerbate the suffering of those who, in many cases, have already suffered more than most of us can imagine. Immigration detention is a deeply flawed tool for…

    Toronto Star - Oct 04 14:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Canada, World ]

  • EU advised to drop Hamas and Tamil Tigers from terror list

    EU advised to drop Hamas and Tamil Tigers from terror list

    The EU may have to remove Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and the Sri Lankan separatist Tamil Tigers from its list of terrorist organisations, a top European Court adviser has said. The Court ruled in 2014 they should be taken off the list on technical grounds, not as a reassessment of their classification as a terrorist group. The Council of the EU, which…

    BBC - Sep 22 14:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, EU, World ]

  • U.S. remembers victims 15 years after 9/11 attacks

    U.S. remembers victims 15 years after 9/11 attacks

    Americans prepared to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on Sunday with the recital of the names of the dead, tolling church bells and a tribute in lights at the site where New York City's twin towers tumbled. The names of the 2,983 victims will be read slowly by relatives as music plays during a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial plaza in…

    Reuters - Sep 11 11:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, World ]

  • Singapore's super tutors can make $1 million a year amid clamor for top grades

    Singapore\'s super tutors can make $1 million a year amid clamor for top grades

    Chuah welcomes recent reforms to the Singaporean education system that are aimed at moving away from an excessive focus on academic results. Tyle Tan, meanwhile, has mixed views on the high stakes tuition culture in Singapore. "It really impacts the student's wellbeing and in my opinion it's not really necessary," he says. "If everyone doesn't have tuition then it's…

    CNBC - Sep 07 17:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World ]

  • How Snowden escaped

    How Snowden escaped

    The tall, lanky American dressed in all black looked familiar. But Ajith, a 44-year-old Sri Lankan refugee seeking asylum in Hong Kong figured the nervous-looking man with the red-rimmed eyes fidgeting in the darkness outside the United Nations building in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Kowloon was a U.S. army dodger. Summoned by his immigration lawyer in the late…

    National Post - Sep 07 14:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World ]

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