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SL donates USD50K to tornado-hit Cuba for reconstruction

Sri Lanka donated USD 50,000 to the Government of Cuba last week as reconstruction aid for damages sustained in the tornado that ripped through Havana in January this year.

Lawyers contracted to deal with unnatural deaths of Lankans in Saudi

Sri Lanka has entered into a contract with a law firm from Saudi Arabia conducting legal proceedings related to the unnatural deaths of Sri Lankans in that country.

United Nations concerned about growing hate speech in Sri Lanka

The top United Nations official in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer, is expressing concern about the growing number of “incidents of hate speech being used in Sri Lanka against ethnic and religious minorities.”

Agreements with US pose no threat to SL sovereignty – Mangala

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera today defended two controversial defence agreements - one proposed, one already entered into - with the United States Government, as well as a US-funded monetary aid package that have come under heavy criticism from sections of the Opposition.

South African President in Sri Lanka

President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa made a brief visit to Sri Lanka today (27), while he was en route to G20 summit.

US sanctions on Russia firms hurting Sri Lanka; against SOFA for American forces: President

US sanctions barring deals with firms in Russia are affecting long-standing commercial and military transactions President Maithripala Sirisena said, declaring his opposition to deals allowing visits by American forces to the island.

US downgrades travel advisory

The United States yesterday downgraded its travel advisory on Sri Lanka, imposed in the wake of the Easter attacks, from Level 3 to Level 2, advising American citizens travelling to Sri Lanka to exercise "extreme caution".

Ambassador-designates to S’pore, Belgium & EU assume duties

Two career-diplomats assumed ambassadorial duties in two key world capitals this month.

Prez concerned over UN peacekeeping missions

President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed concern over issues that have arisen due to delays in clearances carried out by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) when dispatching police and security forces personnel to United Nations Peace Keeping Missions.

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo cancels SL visit

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has cancelled his much-publicised visit to Sri Lanka, according to the US Embassy in Sri Lanka.

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