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The Sri Lankan military marches in Colombo in February 2016. The country is reinstating the death penalty after a 43-year moratorium.

The country named the best place to visit in 2019 has taken out newspaper adverts to recruit executioners after reinstating the death penalty

Sri Lanka called for men with "excellent moral character" and "very good mind and mental strength" to apply for the job.

The 15 best holiday destinations to escape winter, ranked by average temperature

Winter is drawing in in the northern hemisphere.
Nine Arches Bridge, Ella, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is officially the best place to visit in 2019. Here are 15 photos that will make you want to book a flight there ASAP

I had the pleasure of visiting this extraordinary country for two and a half weeks last year, and I honestly can't recommend it enough.

I took a $3, 7-hour train ride through Sri Lanka’s hill country — and it was unlike any travel experience I’ve ever had

Nothing could have prepared us for what the journey between Kandy and Ella would actually be like.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, September 1, 2014

2 of Asia’s biggest militaries are working on a deal that could give them an edge over China

India and Japan will reportedly discuss a deal that will allow each military to access bases and facilities run by the other, which would mirror similar deals India has made in recent years and would come as both countries seek to counter China.

British newlyweds got so drunk on rum that they bought their honeymoon hotel in Sri Lanka

British newlyweds on their honeymoon in Sri Lanka got so drunk they bought their beachfront hotel after learning its lease was running out. Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, from London, bought the hotel while traveling in December 2017.

British newlyweds got so drunk on rum that they bought their honeymoon hotel in Sri Lanka

British Newlyweds on their honeymoon in Sri Lanka got so drunk they bought their beach-front hotel, after learning its lease was running out. Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, from London, made the decision to buy the hotel while traveling in December 2017.
Sri Lankan navy personnel welcome the Chinese navy ship Hai Yangdao, October 4, 2018.

The US and Japan are competing with China, and they’ve all got a small island country in their sights

China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific has worried the US, Japan, and others in the region, and they're looking to use their militaries to counter Beijing's outreach.
You have to watch out for elephants on the road.

12 things I wish I’d known before going on safari in Sri Lanka, which I’m convinced is going to be Asia’s next tourist hotspot

While Sri Lanka's safari experience was better than I could have hoped, there were a number of things I wish I'd known before going. These are the mistakes I made and things I learned, so that you don't have to.
An aerial rendering of Port City

Sri Lanka is building a $15 billion metropolis meant to rival cities like Hong Kong and Dubai

Sri Lanka is building a major new development meant to stimulate its war-torn economy thanks to a $1.4 billion Chinese investment. But the project is prompting criticism among environmental groups, which worry about coastal damage.