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Sexism, slander, hatred: Sri Lankas culture of online abuse

From politicians to members of the LGBTQI community, social media in Sri Lanka is a hotbed of harassment and hostility The threats began after Jegatheeswaram Jeyachandrika decided to contest local government elections. Clutching a file of printouts, Meena, as she is known, points to a Facebook post in which she is pictured, circled in red, among a group of people. We opened some new shops that day, part of a collective project, she says. This post implies that Im the mistress of one of the ministers in the photo. That…

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Sri Lanka: churches shut as worshippers mourn one week after bombings

Cardinal Ranjith delivers televised sermon as bells ring out across the country It was the first Sunday anyone could remember without a mass at St Sebastians. A week since the a gunfight and explosions the previous day left 15 people dead near the eastern town of Kalmunai, soldiers guarded St Mary Magdalens church. A sign on the gate said the church and the school would be closed until 6 May. A nearby mosque also had soldiers stationed outside. Alleged members of the terrorist cell were still being hunted on Sunday.…

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5 things to know for December 17: White House, Brexit, Sri Lanka, China, Hungary

(CNN) 1. White House It’s bound to be another exhausting week in Washington. Why? Let us count the ways: Over the weekend, President Trump lashed out at the ongoing Mueller investigation, calling it a “scam” and characterizing a raid of his former attorney Michael Cohen’s office as a break-in. This of course comes among court filings and sentencing hearings regarding some of the high-level Trump associates implicated in the investigations. Next up? Tuesday’s sentencing hearing for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted lying to the FBI. Moving on,…

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Hundreds feared buried in Sri Lanka rubbish dump landslide

Colombo emergency workers to resume search for missing on Sunday after 19 bodies extracted from rubbish and mud Emergency workers looking for survivors after a massive rubbish dump collapsed in Sri Lanka suspended their search on Saturday night, having already extracted 19 bodies from the rubble and mud. The 90-metre-high dump in the capital Colombo collapsed after flames engulfed it late on Friday, the nations New Years Day, and witnesses said around 100 houses could have been buried. The rescue mission will resume at 6am local time, according to the…

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