Jul 8, 2014 — The government told a court hearing that it would give 72 hours' notice before transferring the 153 asylum seekers to their home country. Australia said Monday it had transferred 41 others at sea.
Jul 7, 2014 — The transfer at sea was condemned because those returned could face persecution. Australia's High Court granted an interim injunction to block the return of 153 other asylum seekers to Sri Lanka.
Apr 22, 2014 — A 37-year-old British woman was detained in the island nation after a taxi driver noticed her Buddha tattoo, which is viewed as a religious affront to the country's dominant religion.
Mar 26, 2013 — The Indian Premier League, a cricket tournament that is one of the world's highest-paying sporting leagues, announced it won't feature any Sri Lankan players in games played in the southern city of Chennai. The move follows a political debate in India over Sri Lanka's bloody civil war.