COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A senior official in Sri Lanka accused of barging into prisons and abusing political prisoners just as the island nation’s government was downplaying concerns about worsening human rights conditions resigned on Wednesday, officials said. The accusations of abuse made against Lohan Ratwatte, the state minister forContinue Reading

Good morning. We’re covering an economic catastrophe in Sri Lanka, Covid-19 frustration in Shanghai and health equity in India. Sri Lanka teeters on the edge Sri Lanka’s economic crisis may be worse than during its three-decade-long civil war: Gas pumps are all but dry, and the new prime minister, RanilContinue Reading

Good morning. We’re covering the Philippines presidential election, the resignation of Sri Lanka’s prime minister and a pandemic pivot in Taiwan. Another Marcos for president? With more than 90 percent of election returns counted in a preliminary tally, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. appeared sure to win the country’s presidential election earlyContinue Reading

Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned on Monday, following months of sustained protests against a government dominated by his family, whose policies have pushed the small island nation into its worst economic crisis. Mr. Rajapaksa made the move hours after his supporters instigated fierce clashes with government opponents onContinue Reading

Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned on Monday, following months of sustained protests against a government dominated by his family, whose policies have pushed the small island nation into its worst economic crisis. Mr. Rajapaksa made the move hours after his supporters instigated fierce clashes with government opponents onContinue Reading

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s strongman president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has declared a state of emergency for the second time in just over a month as his government confronts large, continuing protests over a deepening economic crisis. The announcement came late Friday, after a general strike closed shops and businessesContinue Reading

Good morning. We’re covering Vladimir Putin’s defiant remarks, Sri Lanka’s default and China’s economic pivot. Putin’s defiance President Vladimir Putin of Russia said that peace talks with Ukraine had reached a “dead end.” He also said there was “no doubt” that Russia would achieve its goals in a campaign thatContinue Reading

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — As Sri Lankans waited hours in line for fuel, sweated through the springtime heat during daily power cuts, and watched the value of their incomes erode, the president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, blamed forces beyond his control. “This crisis was not created by me,” he said in anContinue Reading

Good morning. We’re covering the fallout from Russian atrocities in Bucha, the end of Carrie Lam’s tenure as Hong Kong’s leader and Pakistan’s political crisis. Rising calls to punish Russia President Biden called the indiscriminate civilian deaths in Bucha a “war crime” and said the U.S. would impose additional sanctionsContinue Reading

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — After weeks of upheaval over Sri Lanka’s economic crisis and growing resentment to his rule, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa offered the public a sacrifice, urging almost his entire cabinet, including several family members, to resign en masse while promising reform. On Monday, Sri Lankans responded unequivocally, defyingContinue Reading