What caused the economic crisis in Sri Lanka?

The island nation of Sri Lanka is in the midst of one of the worst economic crises it's ever seen. Sri Lanka has just defaulted on its foreign debts for the first time since its independence, and the country's 22 million people are facing crippling 12-hour power cuts, and an extreme scarcity of food, fuel and other essential … Continue reading What caused the economic crisis in Sri Lanka?

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Video of MJ and pretty African lady goes viral

Twitter is relishing a video in which legendary American singer and dancer Michael Jackson shakes his leg with a Sri Lankan dancer performing India’s classical form, known as Odissi. Tweeples are going gaga over a video of Sri Lankan dancer Yamuna Sangarasivam, who performed the classical Indian dance Odissi with the ‘King of Pop’ Michael … Continue reading Video of MJ and pretty African lady goes viral

Sri Lanka army chief banned from entering the US for alleged human rights violation

The U.S. government on Friday issued a travel ban Sri Lanka's army chief, saying there is “credible information of his involvement” in human rights violations during the final phase of the island nation's civil war that ended 11 years ago, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said. The army chief, Shavendra Silva, and his immediate … Continue reading Sri Lanka army chief banned from entering the US for alleged human rights violation

Weakness within Sri Lanka’s security system responsible for Easter massacre

  For 26 years, the Tamil Tigers militants from Sri Lanka's minority Tamil ethnic community fought for independence from the Buddhist, ethnically Sinhalese-majority state. Military forces under Rajapaksa's brother, then-Secretary of Defense Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, brutally crushed them in 2009. The current state minister of defense, Ruwan Wijewardene, said "weakness" within Sri Lanka's security apparatus led … Continue reading Weakness within Sri Lanka’s security system responsible for Easter massacre

REVENGE: ISIS explains reason for Sri Lanka attacks

  The leader of the Islamic State group has praised the attack in Sri Lanka and called it revenge for the fall of Baghouz, Syria, the last territory the extremist group held there or in Iraq. The U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group said the acknowledgement of the Sri Lanka attack by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi came during his first … Continue reading REVENGE: ISIS explains reason for Sri Lanka attacks

Indian police knew about plot to bomb Sri Lanka

While monitoring the usual channels, Indian police stumbled upon something extraordinary: a detailed plot for what would become the bloodiest attack linked to the Islamic State group in South Asia. Police were investigating suspected sympathizers of the withered caliphate in southern India when a name they had no record of surfaced — National Towheed Jamaat, … Continue reading Indian police knew about plot to bomb Sri Lanka

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Sri Lanka bombings

Authorities in Sri Lanka have implicated a small extremist group called National Thowfeek Jamaath for the Easter weekend bombings. But how could a small group pull off a coordinated attack of such sophistication? The answer might have arrived via the Islamic State's Amaq news agency, reports the New York Times. ISIS has claimed credit for organizing the … Continue reading ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Sri Lanka bombings

World leaders condemn Sri Lanka attacks

More than 200 have been killed and hundreds injured by a series of explosions inside churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, as Christians gathered for services to celebrate Easter. In a statement, UN chief António Guterres said he was "outraged by the terror attacks" and called for the perpetrators to be "swiftly brought to justice". According to … Continue reading World leaders condemn Sri Lanka attacks

Simultaneous blasts kill over 120 people in Sri Lanka

At least 138 people were killed and nearly 500 hospitalized from injuries in near simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the state-run Daily News reports. A security official tells the AP that two of the blasts are suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers. St. Anthony's Shrine and … Continue reading Simultaneous blasts kill over 120 people in Sri Lanka