Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lanka's former military commander turned political challenger turned prisoner, appeared at a closed-door court martial on Tuesday. Protesters calling for his release were dispersed with tear gas.
Soldiers search for looters in a market that was already ransacked in the aftermath of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Lota, Chile, on Tuesday. After Saturday's massive earthquake, troops patrolled to quell looting and the government acknowledged that it has battled to provide aid swiftly because of crumpled highways and major power disruptions caused by the earthquake.
After 26 years of civil war, Sri Lanka has an ambitious $1 billion plan to revive the city of Jaffna, long isolated by the rebel Tamil Tigers.
In the heartland of Sri Lanka’s minority, Jaffna’s newly restored Tamil library is a potent symbol of decades of ethnic strife.
US space shuttle Endeavour blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in what was probably the shuttle program’s final nighttime launch.
Sri Lanka police fired tear gas Wednesday at protesters demanding the release of defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka. The factionalized opposition faces dim prospects in just-announced April elections.
The arrest of Sri Lanka’s former Army chief Sarath Fonseka, who challenged the president in recent elections, comes soon after the detention of former military members tied to him.
Almost 200,000 Tamils have left Sri Lanka’s postwar refugee camps – some for tin-roof shelters or relatives' homes. Their resettlement is seen as key to national reconciliation after decades of war against Tamil rebels ended last May.