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Sri Lanka president pardons hardline Buddhist monk
Sri Lanka president pardons hardline Buddhist monk
Sri Lanka president pardons hardline Buddhist monk

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has pardoned a hardline Buddhist monk who is accused of inciting violence against ethnic minority Muslims and convicted of contempt of court, officials said on Wednesday. The president’s office did not give any reason for the pardon, which was condemned by a security thinktank as a blow to Sri Lanka’s “battered rule of…

Reuters - May 22 18:46 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

A State of Disorientation: Dispatch from Sri Lanka after the Easter Bombings
A State of Disorientation: Dispatch from Sri Lanka after the Easter Bombings
A State of Disorientation: Dispatch from Sri Lanka after the Easter Bombings

In Colombo, as though there is war once more, the ominous presence of heavily armed soldiers is everywhere. Ever since the Easter Sunday bombings, checkpoints have been posted on all the main roads, as well as outside churches and mosques. There are rumors every day of further possible bombings, of newly discovered perpetrators and accomplices still on the run, and a…

Time - May 22 14:51 GMT - more ... [ Tags: World, Muslims ]

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