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Headline Summary
· Kerry visits Sri Lanka, pledges support for new government - Reuters
· Kerry urges Colombo to cooperate with U.N.
· Will not allow interference: Sirisena
· Kerry pledges closer US ties with reform-minded Sri Lanka
· Kerry Travels to Sri Lanka to Cheer on Democratic Reforms - ABC News
· Strengthening the US-Sri Lanka Partnership for Human Rights and Lasting Peace - US Department of State (press release)
· Liquorish in Sri Lanka - Times of Malta
· Ramanayake likely to succeed Vaas as Sri Lanka bowling coach - Island Cricket
· Vasan deplores Sri Lanka's stand - Colombo Gazette
· John Kerry praises Sri Lanka on reforms and pledges renewed ties with US - The Guardian
· World Press Freedom day 2015 and Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka - Groundviews
· Kerry backs justice for Sri Lanka's war-hit Tamils - Ynetnews
· Sri Lanka's 19A only halfway measure to abolish executive presidency - Times of India
· Chennai sculptor creates Buddha statue in Sri Lanka - The Hindu
· Bill to ban bottom trawling tabled in Sri Lankan Parliament
· Vasan deplores Sri Lanka stand on fishermen - The Hindu
· 'The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka' available in Sinhala
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Kerry visits Sri Lanka, pledges support for new government - Reuters
Reuters, 2015-05-02 09:30:37 EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday the United States wants to renew ties with Sri Lanka and urged its new government to work with the United Nations to ensure an investigation into war crimes met international ... More...
Published: Sun May 3 07:53:35 EDT 2015

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Kerry urges Colombo to cooperate with U.N.
The Hindu, 2015-05-02 20:35:47 EST. Need to explore a domestic mechanism that meets international standards. More...
Published: Sun May 3 07:49:26 EDT 2015 Back to the top

Will not allow interference: Sirisena
The Hindu, 2015-05-01 16:53:26 EST. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday assured the nation that no room would be allowed for international community to interfere in the country’s domestic affairs as he was determined... More...
Published: Sat May 2 00:46:13 EDT 2015 Back to the top

Kerry pledges closer US ties with reform-minded Sri Lanka
The Hindu, 2015-05-02 13:53:18 EST. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday championed the new Sri Lankan government’s push for democratic reform and promised closer ties with the strategically located Indian Ocean nation... Back to the top

Kerry Travels to Sri Lanka to Cheer on Democratic Reforms - ABC News
ABC News, 2015-05-01 16:21:16 EST. John Kerry is making the first visit to Sri Lanka by a U.S. secretary of state in a decade, seizing a rare opportunity to champion democratic reform and to tighten ties at a strategic crossroads in the vast Indian Ocean... Back to the top

Strengthening the US-Sri Lanka Partnership for Human Rights and Lasting Peace - US Department of State (press release)
US Department of State (press release), 2015-05-02 17:48:15 EST. For all of my country's disagreements with the previous government in Sri Lanka over how it fought the LTTE, we clearly understood the necessity of ridding this country of a murderous terrorist group and the fear that it sowed... Back to the top

Liquorish in Sri Lanka - Times of Malta
Times of Malta, 2015-05-03 06:40:46 EST. Sri Lanka was chosen as this year's Liquorish destination. The reality show on One TV is presented by executive producer Andrea Cassar... Back to the top

Ramanayake likely to succeed Vaas as Sri Lanka bowling coach - Island Cricket
Island Cricket, 2015-05-02 22:13:44 EST. Former Sri Lankan paceman Champaka Ramanayake is reportedly set to replace Chaminda Vaas as fast bowling coach of the national team... Back to the top

Vasan deplores Sri Lanka's stand - Colombo Gazette
Colombo Gazette, 2015-05-02 03:10:06 EST. Vasan Deploring Sri Lanka for threatening to open fire and arrest the Indian fishermen crossing the International Maritime Border Line (IMBL) for fishing, India's Tamil Manila Congress (TMC) president G... Back to the top

John Kerry praises Sri Lanka on reforms and pledges renewed ties with US - The Guardian
The Guardian, 2015-05-02 13:59:10 EST. Sri Lanka's government is determined to end years of international isolation linked to its long war with Tamil separatists, so it really rolled out the red carpet for Kerry... Back to the top

World Press Freedom day 2015 and Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka - Groundviews
Groundviews, 2015-05-03 04:26:54 EST. “All must be free to express their concerns, their needs, their aspirations and their fears” Pope Francis, at the Katunayake International airport, on arrival to Sri Lanka on 13th January 2015... Back to the top

Kerry backs justice for Sri Lanka's war-hit Tamils - Ynetnews
Ynetnews, 2015-05-03 08:01:58 EST. US Secretary of State John Kerry ended a visit to Sri Lanka Sunday after pledging support for minority Tamils following decades of ethnic war, a local Tamil politician said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's 19A only halfway measure to abolish executive presidency - Times of India
Times of India, 2015-05-01 09:43:11 EST. COLOMBO: A key amendment adopted by Sri Lankan parliament last week is only a halfway measure towards abolishing executive presidency as only 60 to 65 per cent of powers of the top post have been reduced, according to an architect of the legislation... Back to the top

Chennai sculptor creates Buddha statue in Sri Lanka - The Hindu
The Hindu, 2015-05-02 01:21:54 EST. A large statue of the Buddha made by Chennai-based M. Muthiah Sthapathi was inaugurated at Rambadagalla Vidyasagara Temple, nearly 100 km from Colombo, on Thursday... Back to the top

Bill to ban bottom trawling tabled in Sri Lankan Parliament
The Hindu, 2015-05-02 00:24:18 EST. Ban on mechanised bottom trawling in Sri Lankan waters, as proposed in a private member’s bill tabled in Sri Lankan Parliament, has been proposed, keeping in mind not just the problem posed by a se... Back to the top

Vasan deplores Sri Lanka stand on fishermen - The Hindu
The Hindu, 2015-05-02 00:05:12 EST. Deploring Sri Lanka for threatening to open fire and arrest the Indian fishermen crossing the International Maritime Border Line for fishing, Tamil Manila Congress (TMC) president G... Back to the top

'The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka' available in Sinhala
The Hindu, 2015-05-01 20:38:59 EST. The film, No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, which led to a debate worldwide about two years ago about alleged war crimes committed during the Eelam War-IV that ended in May 200... Back to the top

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