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Sri Lanka leader lifts emergency

Sri Lanka’s president has withdrawn emergency rule, as the prime minister returned from a US trip to scenes of rapturous welcome. Thousands of supporters lined the streets to greet Ranil Wickramasinghe, who vowed to challenge the president. President Chandrika Kumaratunga had suspended parliament in his absence and sacked key ministers. Officials said emergency rule would be replaced by less draconian security regulations. Although none of the actions had been carried out, a state of emergency gives broad powers to the military, bans public gatherings, gives the president lawmaking powers and allows media censorship. Full Story

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