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Sri Lanka: Suspect in rape of 14-year-old girl released without proper investigation

Sri Lanka: Suspect in rape of 14-year-old girl released without proper investigation

ISSUES: child abuse; rape police investigation; impunity; rule of law; justice —————————————————— Dear Friends, According to information received by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a 14-year-old girl was abducted and raped by her school bus driver on 19th June

Theresa May looks set to be crowned Prime Minister in UK

Theresa May looks set to be crowned Prime Minister in UK

Conservative leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom has announced she is pulling out of the race to replace David Cameron as prime minister. The energy minister has paved the way for Home Secretary Theresa May, as the only remaining candidate, to be

Sri Lanka, China pledge to further boost bilateral ties

Sri Lanka, China pledge to further boost bilateral ties

Sri Lanka and China agreed to further develop their strategic cooperative partnership, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Friday. When meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera, Wang said both sides should implement the consensus reached

Lankan military to release all civilian lands by 2018, UNHRC told

Lankan military to release all civilian lands by 2018, UNHRC told

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, told the 32 nd. session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Wednesday, that the Lankan armed forces will release, by 2018, all lands they had seized from civilians during

Britain votes to leave EU in historic divorce

Britain votes to leave EU in historic divorce

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, the BBC said based on voter tallies from Thursday’s referendum, an outcome that would set the country on an uncertain path and deal the largest setback to European efforts to forge greater

Clinton goes nuclear in bid to unpick ‘Teflon Don’

Clinton goes nuclear in bid to unpick ‘Teflon Don’

US: Hillary Clinton this week revealed a formula she hopes will help beat presidential rival Donald Trump in November: a not-so-subtle suggestion he is unhinged. A string of 2016 presidential hopefuls have tried to land a punch on “The Donald”

IMF approves $1.5 bln loan to back SL’s economic reforms

IMF approves $1.5 bln loan to back SL's economic reforms

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) executive board has approved a three-year $1.5 billion loan to support Sri Lanka’s economic reform agenda, the global lender said on Saturday. “The arrangement aims to meet balance of payments needs arising from a deteriorating

State Secretary of Norway to visit Sri Lanka

State Secretary of Norway to visit Sri Lanka

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Tore Hattrem, will be in the island from 31 May – 2 June 2016. The State Secretary will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera on 31 May and

Nepal’s $9 b budget focuses on quake reconstruction

Nepal’s $9 b budget focuses on quake reconstruction

NEPAL: Nepal’s government Saturday unveiled the first budget drawn up since the country introduced a new Constitution last September, with a focus on funding reconstruction and reviving the battered economy. Millions continue to live in temporary shelters after a 7.8-magnitude

Japanese assistance to improve capabilities of Sri Lanka Coast Guard

Japanese assistance to improve capabilities of Sri Lanka Coast Guard

Japanese government, which over the years has indicated its strong support to enhance maritime cooperation between Japan and Sri Lanka, has reconfirmed the importance of maintaining the freedom of the high seas and maritime order based on the rule of

Global economy is ‘urgent priority’: G7

Global economy is ‘urgent priority’: G7

JAPAN: Pumping up the world economy is an “urgent priority” G7 leaders said Friday, but left the door open for a go-your-own-way approach in a sign of lingering divisions over how to boost growth. The gathering warned global performance was

Japan extends Yen 38 billion ODA assistance to Sri Lanka

Japan extends Yen 38 billion ODA assistance to Sri Lanka

Japanese Prime Minister offered a Yen 38 billion ODA loan to Sri Lanka for water purification projects for Kidney diseases and establishment of electricity transmission lines connecting the entire country. Prime Minister Abe thanks President Sirisena for raising Asia’s voice

Obama calms Asian nerves about US election

Obama calms Asian nerves about US election

VIETNAM: US President Barack Obama sought on Wednesday to ease growing Asian worries about the raucous election campaign to succeed him which has been dominated by the incendiary rhetoric of mogul Donald Trump, now the Republican Party’s nominee. “I think

Sri Lankan and Indonesian Presidents met

Sri Lankan and Indonesian Presidents met

President Maithripala Sirisena and the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo held bilateral discussion yesterday (26th May) at Hotel Hilton Nagoya on attracting Indonesian investments to Sri Lanka. “The current stable conditions in Sri Lanka gives an opportunity