Agence France-Presse in Colombo

Sri Lanka’s ruling party was set for a purge on Saturday after a senior minister declared he was challenging President Mahinda Rajapaksa in snap elections called for January.

Sri Lanka’s Muslim leaders closed down a new mosque in Colombo on Monday after attacks by a Buddhist mob revived simmering religious tensions and sparked US concern.


Australia and Pakistan squeezed into the World Twenty20 semi-finals as India and South Africa packed their bags after a topsy-turvy last round of Super Eight matches.

Sri Lanka’s police barricaded the US embassy in Colombo for the second time in four days on Monday, as thousands of Muslims gathered to denounce an anti-Islam film.

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