Gotabaya Rajapaksa spearheaded the military operation that ended his country's years-long insurgency but alienated minorities along the way.
Former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa's family is eyeing a comeback after a decade in power remembered by supporters for crushing the Tamil militants. His main opponent Sajith Premadasa is vowing security and development in the island nation.
Sri Lanka goes to the polls on Saturday, and a minority vote could decide who will eventually rule the tiny island country.
President Maithripala Sirisena orders emergency for another 30 days, citing "public security," a month after deadly Easter bombings killed 258 people.
In what appears to be a reprisal for Easter Sunday attackers by Daesh-linked bombers, mobs are moving through towns in Sri Lanka, ransacking mosques burning Qurans and attacking shops.
Sacred structures have become the repeated scenes of trauma from Iraq, New Zealand, France to Sri Lanka.
Scores of people were buried at northern Mannar city, officials say, where Tamil guerrillas fought security forces during the end of the country's civil war in 2009.
Sri Lanka’s prime minister, who once survived a suicide attack and rose in the ranks when his colleagues were assassinated, now faces a bitter power struggle.
The riot victims say the Sri Lankan government is not doing enough to counter anti-Muslim groups that are acting with impunity across the country.
The Sri Lankan government has imposed a state of emergency after anti-Muslim riots have spread in parts of the country. Tensions have been brewing for months, so why has the government been slow to act?
Many say they never worked for the Tamil Tigers. But all tell tales of abduction, sexual abuse, torture and a release negotiated for a bribe, before the victims reached Europe using smugglers. The Sri Lankan government has denied all allegations.
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