China-bound scorpions seized in Sri Lankan airport sting | AFP

Sri Lanka’s customs show 200 scorpions which they seized after arresting a Chinese man accused of trying to take them out of the country in his checked-in luggage.

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Elephants take centre stage in Sri Lankan Buddhist festival | AFP

Elephants adorned in glittering costumes, fire dancers and drummers perform as part of a procession in the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo to mark a Buddhist festival. Elephants have been a part of religious processions for decades in the country, although last year 17 people were injured in Sri Lanka when two elephants ran amok at a religious festival.

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Sri Lanka Easter blasts survivors attend Christmas Eve Mass | AFP

The Archbishop of Colombo holds a Christmas Eve Mass at St. Sebastian’s, one of three churches that came under attack during Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter bombings.

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Survival surfing: Indonesians riding the waves to beat tsunami trauma | AFP

Surfboard tucked under his arm, Dery Setyawan sprints into the crashing waves. It is not just a physical challenge but an emotional one — most of his family and friends were swept to their deaths when a tsunami hit these shores 15 years ago. His hometown of Lampuuk was almost destroyed entirely, but despite his devastating loss, the father-of-two sees the water as a way to heal. On December 26, 2004, a monstrous 9.3 magnitude quake struck undersea off the coast of Sumatra. It sparked a tsunami nearly 100 feet (30 meters) high that killed more than 220,000 across a string of Indian Ocean countries, including Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. N°1NA4O5N°1NA4Y4

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Get Outta Here! Podcast: Beaches, Tea and Buddha’s Tooth

A year ago, the Lonely Planet guide called Sri Lanka the place to go in 2019. We check in with AP New Delhi correspondent Emily Schmall on the tea plantations, the trains, the elephants, the beaches — and the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings in the commercial capital of Colombo.

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Sri Lanka: Premadasa votes in presidential election | AFP

Sri Lankan presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa, the Deputy leader of the ruling United National Party (UNP) and New Democratic Front, casts his vote. IMAGES

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Voting begins in Sri Lanka presidential election | AFP

Sri Lankans begin voting in a tightly fought presidential election where former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa’s family is seeking a return to power after five years. IMAGES

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Easter Bombings Have Sri Lankan’s Voting for an Alleged War Criminal

Sri Lankans are voting for a new president on Saturday, and in the wake of the worst terror attack of the year, one of their top priorities is national security. That’s propelled an alleged war-criminal to the front of the race.

Many blame the current administration for dropping the ball on valuable intel that could have prevented a string of suicide blasts coordinated by a local Islamist group that killed 259 people in churches and hotels on Easter Sunday.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the leader of the opposition political party, has capitalized on that anger. Leveraging his background as a former defense secretary who ended a civil war, he’s found support through pitching himself as the guy who’ll make Sri Lanka safe again.

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Catholic church bombed in Sri Lanka attacks reopens | AFP

Devotees including some of the Easter attack survivors attend a prayer session as St Anthony’s in Colombo reopens. It which was among the three churches hit by jihadi suicide bombers in coordinated attacks that also targeted three luxury hotels in the Sri Lankan capital on April 21.

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Prayers mark one month since Sri Lanka bombings

Hundreds of Catholics pray outside the bombed St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, marking one month since the Easter Sunday suicide attacks that killed 258 people in Sri Lanka. The Catholic schools in the country have also reopened, as the country tightened security with soldiers placed in front of the school entrances.

Sri Lanka’s tourism suffers after blasts

Sri Lanka was the Lonely Planet guide’s top travel destination for 2019, but since the Easter attacks on churches and luxury hotels, foreign tourists have fled. (May 16)

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Guns outnumber guests at bombed Sri Lanka hotel

At the Cinnamon Grand Colombo, one of six Sri Lankan targets hit by suicide bombers on Easter Sunday, the silence that reigns is not just the usual hush of a plush hotel. Recently reopened, barely 10 of its 500 luxury rooms are occupied — down from the 300 usual at this time of year — as fears rise over the impact of the bombings on the island nation’s burgeoning tourism industry.

Faith wars? How religious terror has become world’s new reality

The Easter Sunday massacre of Christian worshippers in Sri Lanka has been called a ‘retaliation’ for the New Zealand atrocity.

With terrorism and retaliation hitting communities, RT’s senior correspondent Murad Gazdiev looks into the escalating trend of religious violence.

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Vigil for Sri Lanka blast victims held one week after massacre

A memorial vigil for the victims of the deadly Easter bombings was held on Sunday, outside the Colombo church where one of the explosions took place last week.

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