Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Blocks Access to Social Media After Easter Sunday Bombings

The government of Sri Lanka responded to the horrific Easter Sunday bombings by restricting access to social media sites such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat. Officials said they would keep the sites blocked until the counter-terrorism investigation concludes.

A Sri Lankan man mobile phone user shows an image on Twitter showing that the Facebook site had been blocked in Colombo on March 7, 2018. - Telecommunication service providers said they have blocked access to facebook and several other social media platforms on the directive of the government which …

Sri Lanka Mulls Burqa Ban as Easter Jihad Death Toll Rises to 321

Sri Lanka may be considering joining a growing number of governments in banning the burqa, an Islamic head covering that leaves no part of a woman’s body visible, local media reported Tuesday in the aftermath of the series of suspected jihadist bombings targeting Christians on Easter Sunday.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 20: A Turkish girl stands in a crowd of women wearing burqas during the Shia holy day Ashura February 20, 2005 in Istanbul, Turkey. Ashura is a Shia Muslim holy day, celebrated as the most important day of the longer Muharram festival. The Ashura festival commemorates …

Sri Lanka: 3 Police Officers Killed in Raid to Arrest Easter Bombers

At least three police officers lost their lives during one of several raids in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo that resulted in the arrest of 13 suspected terrorists hours after suspected jihadis launched coordinated attacks on churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday, killing 290 and wounding more than 500 others.

Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. Eranga Jayawardena/AP

Jewish Leaders Condemn Sri Lanka Bombings

Israeli and Jewish leaders leaders condemned the series of deadly bombings which killed at least 207 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka Sunday morning.

A member of the Sri Lankan security forces stands next to a broken Virgin Mary statue at St. Anthony's Shrine following a bomb attack in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - The toll in a series of eight blasts in Sri Lanka on April 21 has risen to …

Sri Lanka Signs More Belt and Road Deals After China Seizes Major Port

The debt-ridden island nation of Sri Lanka reportedly signed two Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)-linked contracts worth more than $50 million with China on Thursday amid political upheaval in the South Asian country over the appointment of a pro-Beijing premier.

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Japan’s Largest Warship Visits Sri Lanka, Sends Message to China

The Japanese helicopter carrier Kaga visited Sri Lanka over the weekend, calling on a port that was developed with Japanese financial assistance while the people and government of Sri Lanka are questioning the wisdom of becoming more deeply indebted to China.

JS Kaga (DDH-184) is a helicopter carrier (officially classified by Japan as a helicopter destroyer) and the second constructed ship in the Izumo class of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF)

Chinese State Media Attacks New York Times for Questioning ‘One Belt, One Road’

China’s state-run Global Times is very angry with the New York Times for publishing a report critical of China’s immense “One Belt, One Road” infrastructure project, specifically the controversy surrounding China’s lease on a port in Sri Lanka. The NYT said on Tuesday that angry Sri Lankan lawmakers launched a social media campaign to discredit two local reporters who worked on the piece.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a summit at the Belt and Road Forum on May 15, 2017 in Beijing, China. The Belt and Road Forum focuses on the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) trade initiative. (Photo by Thomas Peter - Pool/Getty Images)