Supreme Court releases six people based on their "satisfactory conduct" in prison, after decades of imprisonment for the 1991 assassination carried out by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a Sri Lankan armed separatist group.
Vietnamese authorities say all 303 people, including 20 children, have been brought to safety with the help of a nearby Japanese-flagged ship.
New South Wales police charged Danushka Gunathilaka with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent of a 29-year-old woman in Sydney’s eastern suburbs earlier in the week.
Sri Lanka's parliament passed a constitutional amendment with two-thirds majority aimed at trimming presidential powers and beefing up anti-corruption safeguards.
Sri Lanka have been crowned champions, with Bhanuka Rajapaksa's batting pyrotechnics and Wanindu Hasaranga's all-round brilliance securing their 23-run victory.
Pakistan teenager Naseem Shah smashes back-to-back sixes in the last over against Afghanistan for a one-wicket victory that sets up the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka.
Rajapaksa touched down in Colombo seven weeks after he fled the extraordinary protests triggered by an economic meltdown that many lay at his feet.
On July 13, the ousted leader, his wife and two bodyguards left aboard an air force plane for the Maldives, before traveling to Singapore from where he officially resigned. He flew to Thailand two weeks later.
The former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa had a 90-day visa to remain in Thailand, but opted to return with his wife, a bodyguard and another aide.
Financial assistance from the international lender is conditional on a plan to restructure the island nation's $51 billion foreign debt after an April default.
Japan could chair such a meeting with China if that would speed up process of addressing Sri Lanka's debt, reports Reuters news agency, citing sources.
India and the United States had raised security concerns over the Yuan Wang 5 ship's visit to Sri Lanka, with New Delhi lodging a complaint that delayed the trip by a week.
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