The United Nations Human Rights Council urged Sri Lanka Thursday to thoroughly investigate allegations of atrocities committed during the island nation's long and brutal civil war.
A six-year state of emergency in Sri Lanka is scheduled to end September 14, a government spokesman told CNN Thursday night.
The U.N. has found war crimes allegations against both sides of Sri Lanka's conflict credible. CNN's Richard Roth reports.
Heavy rains in Sri Lanka's North Central and Eastern provinces have displaced almost a million people and caused widespread devastation, a government official said Saturday.
Unknown assailants torched the offices of a Sri Lankan website critical of the government Monday.
Thousands of people have had to flee their homes in Sri Lanka after flooding and mudslides.
Aid workers scrambled to help more than a million people in Sri Lanka suffering from massive flooding described by the government as the worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.
Recent heavy rains across Sri Lanka caused flooding and landslides that left thousands homeless, killed 13 people and injured 44 others, the country's disaster management agency said Tuesday.
More than 200,000 people have been affected by flooding resulting from heavy rains in Sri Lanka, a disaster management official said Monday.
Sri Lanka's coconut development minister has banned the felling of coconut trees in an effort to increase coconut production in the face of a severe shortage.
A Sri Lankan army deserter killed himself and injured 16 police officers in a grenade explosion, police told CNN Wednesday.
Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, pledged to end underworld crimes, illicit drugs and corruption as he was sworn in for a second term Friday.
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa is slated to be sworn in Thursday for a second six-year term at a nationally televised ceremony outside Colombo's presidential secretariat overlooking the Indian Ocean.
The heaviest rain in 18 years flooded Sri Lanka on Thursday, leaving about 36,000 families homeless, marooning traffic and submerging the country's Parliament in four feet of water.
Police say dozens of people were killed in an explosion at a construction storage site in Sri Lanka.
An explosion at a construction storage site in eastern Sri Lanka killed 25 people, far fewer than the 70 initially believed dead, the military said Friday.
Doctors at a Sri Lankan hospital operated for three hours Friday to remove 18 nails and metal particles allegedly hammered into the arms, legs and forehead of a maid by her Saudi employer.
CNN's Sara Sidner gains rare access to areas hardest hit by Sri Lanka's 25-year-long civil war.
A protest at the U.N. compound and a cabinet minister's three-day "fast unto death" has not deterred U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from proceeding with a probe into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.
Wildlife researchers in Sri Lanka have photographed one of the world's most reclusive primates for the first time.
The United Nations office in Sri Lanka remained closed Wednesday after a three-hour siege of its staff by a government minister and his supporters led to scuffles a day earlier.
The United Nations secretary-general has appointed a panel of experts to probe human rights violations "during the final stages" of last year's civil war in Sri Lanka.
Though tourism is bouncing back in Sri Lanka and authorities are busy building roads and bridges in former war-torn areas, troops are still finding weapons in old battlefields and the nation remains under a state of emergency one year after a decades-long civil conflict ended.
Raveendran Jenatha doesn't exude the kind of excitement and wonder that young adults often do when it comes to figuring out their future. She is 21 years old and confident about what her future holds.
Sri Lanka's former army chief appeared before a military court Tuesday, on charges that he says are designed to remove him from politics.
Sri Lanka's opposition Tuesday called for nationwide protests over the "barbaric and extra-judicial" arrest of the country's former army chief, accusing President Mahinda Rajapaksa of undermining the country's democratic institutions.
A former Sri Lankan general who ran against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in January has been arrested on charges of plotting to overthrow the country's government, authorities announced Monday night.
Sri Lanka has held its first presidential election since government forces put down a 26-year insurgency by Tamil Tiger rebels.
CNN's Sara Sidner reports on the battle between Sri Lanka's commander in chief and his former army commander.
CNN's Becky Anderson talks with a U.N. Special investigator investigating war crimes in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will seek a fresh mandate in the upcoming elections in the South Asian nation, but he is facing a tough challenge from his one-time confidante and former Army commander, retired General Sarath Fonseka.
A top Sri Lankan diplomat Monday strongly rejected charges his government is abusing human rights of members of the country's minority Tamil community in refugee camps after the country's quarter-century-long civil war.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour looks at Sri Lanka's upcoming elections. Is there political will for reconciliation?
The Sri Lankan government said Saturday it will lift restrictions on thousands of war-displaced ethnic Tamils still residing in squalid internment camps.
Sri Lanka's human rights secretary Rajiva Wijesinha and Amnesty International's Sam Zarifi on the country's refugee camp.
A U.N. special representative wants an "independent investigation into the authenticity of a video" purportedly showing Sri Lankan troops killing two "naked and helpless men," as other corpses lay nearby.
Two journalism groups have announced plans to honor a Sri Lankan reporter who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for articles that criticized the military.
Naked, bound and blindfolded, a crudely shot video shows a man being pushed to the ground by men wearing what appear to be military, camouflage fatigues.
Disturbing video appears to show executions style killings during the Sri Lankan war. CNN's Sara SIdner reports.
Flash floods have inundated refugee camps in northern Sri Lanka, endangering more than 16,000 Tamil refugees who only months ago survived cross-fire in the country's two-decade civil war, the United Nations says.
The Sri Lankan government should immediately release more than 280,000 displaced Tamil civilians living in detention camps, a leading human rights group said Wednesday.
More than 20,000 civilians were killed in the final months of Sri Lanka's civil war -- nearly three times previous estimates, The Times newspaper in Britain reported Friday.
CNN's Sara Sidner sits down with U.N. Secretary General regarding the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka's police chief on Tuesday urged "people who have links to terrorist activities" to surrender at the nearest police station or army camp.
Shell-shocked and scarred both inside and out, they huddle in tents, water and medicine in short supply -- hundreds of thousands of people, civilian victims of Sri Lanka's recently-ended civil war.
The deafening roar of drums and horns rose as thousands of people took to the streets in Sri Lanka Friday for a victory parade marking the end of the decades-long civil war.
After visiting a displacement camp in Sri Lanka on Saturday and flying over the site of the last battle in the country's recently ended civil war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the sites "appalling."
Sri Lanka rejects criticism that it isn't providing for the estimated 250,000 war refugees. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.
Sri Lanka has rejected criticism that it is not doing enough to provide for the estimated 250,000 refugees following the end of its war with the Tamil Tigers.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, flashing a broad smile, declared victory Tuesday in the country's 25-year civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels.
Sri Lanka's army says rebel leader may be among bodies killed in war zone.
Humanitarian aid agencies scrambled Monday to offer help to the tens of thousands of people in need after Tamil separatists declared an end to their quarter-century struggle in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka's government said Monday its forces had killed Tamil rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran as he attempted to flee, according to the country's state-run news agency.
The Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka said Sunday they have "decided to silence our guns" as government forces closed in on their last stronghold.
Sri Lanka's prime minister warned Saturday that his country "stands on the brink," as its soldiers cornered Tamil Tiger fighters in an assault that is trapping more than 50,000 civilians on a small plot of coastal land.
A Red Cross worker was killed Wednesday during shelling in the conflict zone in Sri Lanka, the third aid worker killed in six weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.
Sri Lanka's quarter-century-long civil war is in its final phase, the government suggested Friday, as its troops pounded Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's north.
The U.N. Security Council and U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for both sides in Sri Lanka's civil war to protect civilians and allow humanitarian aid into the conflict zone, where tens of thousands are trapped.
The Sri Lankan government is no longer allowing independent media. ITN's Nick Paton-Walsh reports
A British news team that had been detained by Sri Lankan authorities -- after producing a report about the alleged abuse of Tamils -- has left the country.
Sri Lankan authorities on Saturday detained a British news team that produced a report about allegations of abuse and ill-treatment of Tamil refugees.
Tamil Tiger rebels have been pinned down by Sri Lankan government troops in a small section of the country's north, the Ministry of Defense claimed Tuesday.
The Sri Lankan army overran two Tamil Tiger rebel positions in the country's north on Tuesday, the military reported on its Web site.
Sri Lanka ordered an end to combat operations against Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's north, the president's office said Monday. But the rebels accused the military of continuing to bomb civilians.
Two senior Indian officials met with the Sri Lankan president Friday in Colombo to address the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn island nation.
The Sri Lankan president has ordered military troops to restrict their offensive against Tamil rebels while the nation celebrates the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
Several hundred Sri Lankan Tamil protesters shouted slogans at the British Parliament for a second day Tuesday, urging it to act to end the "genocide" against their people in Sri Lanka.
A suicide bomber killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 50 others Tuesday when he targeted a procession heading to a mosque in southern Sri Lanka, the country's official news agency said.
India made a renewed plea Tuesday for the safe evacuation of civilians caught in Sri Lanka's war zone in fighting between government forces and Tamil rebels.
India on Wednesday urged Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels to "release" civilians, who it said numbered about 70,000 in Sri Lanka's war zone.
Sri Lanka's military accused Tamil Tiger rebels Tuesday of killing 17 civilians and wounding 69 others who were fleeing rebel-held territory.
At least 17 people were killed and 45 others wounded Monday when a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a camp where civilians had sought refuge from the fighting between government troops and Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka, the defense ministry said.
Aid agencies say civilians are living a nightmare in war-torn areas of Sri Lanka. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.
The Sri Lankan government said Sunday that more than 10,000 civilians have fled fighting between government forces and Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka over the past week, a "sudden increase" in people displaced by the violence.
The Sri Lankan military claimed it has struck a decisive blow against Tamil rebels in the taking of a rebel naval base at Chalai.
Sri Lanka's president declared Wednesday that the country's Tamil insurgents are on the verge of total defeat, saying their demise has helped unite the island nation on the 61st anniversary of its independence.
Journalists in Sri Lanka have come under a growing number of attacks and intimidation, with some fleeing the country or losing their lives, media analysts and rights groups say.
CNN's Ram Ramgopal has a rare look at the plight of civilians in Sri Lanka, trapped between rebels and the army.
A hospital caught in the middle of fierce fighting between government forces and Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka has been closed down after being shelled for a ninth time in four days.
Three people were killed and 10 wounded when a hospital treating victims of Sri Lanka's civil war was shelled for a fourth time in two days, the International Committee of the Red Cross told CNN Tuesday.
A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding in northern Sri Lanka with 250,000 unprotected civilians trapped in the crossfire between government troops and rebel forces, the Red Cross says.
Sri Lankan soldiers have seized a key rebel stronghold after launching a surprise attack early Sunday morning, the head of Sri Lanka's army announced.
The Tamil Tigers have been invited by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to lay down their arms after government forces retook the city of Kilinochchi Friday, once the center of power for the rebel group.
The Sri Lankan army captured a key junction in territory previously held by Tamil Tiger rebels, according to a statement on the Sri Lankan military's Web site.
Five members of the Sri Lanka's Civil Defense Force (CDF) were killed in a suicide blast in Sri Lanka at a church outside the capital of Colombo Sunday morning, police said.
Polyandry is a form of polygamy where a woman is married to two or more husbands at the same time.
A Sri Lankan government minister narrowly escaped injury Thursday when a suicide bomber in a car detonated explosives, police said.
An attack by a suicide bomber in Sri Lanka killed at least 27 people, including a prominent politician and his wife.
Sri Lanka's military said Tuesday it shot down a plane used by the Tamil Tiger rebels, a small victory for the government in the country's ongoing civil war.
At least 11 Sri Lankan soldiers and nine Tamil Tiger rebels died in fighting in Sri Lanka's northern region, a military spokesman said Saturday.
At least 50 people were detained during a house-to-house search following two bus bombings in Sri Lanka which killed at least 22 people Friday, police said.
At least 22 people were killed Friday in two bus bombings in Sri Lanka.
A suicide bomber killed 16 people -- 12 of them police officers -- outside a police station in northern Sri Lanka Monday morning, authorities told CNN.
Seventeen commuters were injured Wednesday when Tamil Tiger rebels tried to blow up a crowded passenger train bringing workers to the capital of Sri Lanka, police said.
A bomb ripped through part of a packed passenger train during evening rush hour Monday, killing eight people and wounding 70 others near the Sri Lankan capital
A bomb exploded on a crowded commuter train in a southern suburb of Sri Lanka's capital Monday, killing nine people and wounding at least 72 others, police said.
A suicide blast has killed at least 8 people and wounded 90 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
A bomb hidden on the baggage rack of a packed, rush-hour bus exploded on Friday evening outside Colombo, Sri Lanka.
A bomb hidden on the overhead rack of a bus in a Colombo suburb exploded Friday evening, killing 24 civilians and wounding 40 others, Sri Lankan authorities said
More than 100 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed and another 400 wounded Wednesday when troops attempted to advance toward a stronghold of the Tamil Tigers rebel organization, highly placed army sources told CNN.