Sri Lanka: 8 dead in coronavirus prison riot
01 December 2020 | 10:58 am
A riot at a Sri Lankan jail has left at least eight inmates dead and more than 50 injured. Prisoners had been protesting over surging coronavirus infections in the country's overcrowded facilities.
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