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Sri Lanka ex-army chief loses security, fears for life


January 28th, 2010 - 11:39 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 28 (DPA) The defeated candidate in Sri Lanka's presidential election, former army commander General Sarath Fonseka, expressed fear for his life Thursday after accusing the government of endangering his security. General ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka withdraws security detail for Fonseka


January 28th, 2010 - 12:10 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 28 (DPA) The security measures provided to Sri Lanka's defeated presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka have been withdrawn with immediate effect, a military spokesman said Thursday. Brigardier Udaya Nanayakkara said four ... Read more...

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Lankan Army surrounds Fonseka’s hotel in Colombo


January 27th, 2010 - 1:20 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Jan 27 (ANI): The Sri Lankan army on Wednesday surrounded the hotel occupied by presidential challenger retired General Sarath Fonseka.Heavily armed Lankan troops were deployed around the lake-front luxury hotel in ... Read more...

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Presidential election campaign in Sri Lanka ends


January 24th, 2010 - 1:40 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 24 (DPA) Sri Lanka's presidential election campaign ended amid reports of violence, intimidation and irregularities ahead of the Jan 26 poll, police and election monitors said Sunday. The campaign for Tuesday's ... Read more...

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Prabhakaran’s father dies in military custody


January 7th, 2010 - 6:16 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 7 (DPA) The father of slain Tamil rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, who led a failed 26-year armed campaign for a separate state for Sri Lanka's Tamil ethnic minority, died Thursday ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka Navy claims seizure of Tamil rebel ship


December 21st, 2009 - 5:40 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Dec 21 (DPA) The Sri Lankan Navy has seized a ship reported to have been used by Tamil rebels to smuggle weapons, the defence ministry said Monday. The vessel, known as the ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka denies rift between ex-army commander, government


October 16th, 2009 - 11:10 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Oct 16 (DPA) Sri Lanka's military Friday denied widespread reports of a rift between the government and the ex-army commander who led the troops in the war against Tamil rebels. The ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka dismisses video of troops committing atrocities


August 26th, 2009 - 7:29 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Aug 26 (DPA) The Sri Lankan military Wednesday rejected a video clip on British television showing soldiers reportedly committing atrocities against suspected Tamil rebels. "The video shown has been doctored. There is ... Read more...

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Tens of thousands gather at Sri Lanka’s Catholic shrine


August 15th, 2009 - 6:39 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Aug 15 (Xinhua) Over 400,000 devotees have gathered in Sri Lanka's northern Mannar district Saturday to participate in an annual religious festival, military officials said. The festivities at the Madhu Church, the ... Read more...

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Tamil Tigers won’t be allowed to regroup: Army


June 28th, 2009 - 12:42 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, June 28 (ANI): The Sri Lankan Army's spokesman, Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, has said that the government and the defence brass is determined not to allow the rebel Tamil Tigers to regroup.Brigadier ... Read more...

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DNA tests on Prabhakaran’s body matched: Sri Lankan Army


May 28th, 2009 - 10:14 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 28 (DPA) DNA tests carried out on the bodies believed to be of Tamil rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his son have matched, a military spokesman said Thursday. Army medical experts ... Read more...

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Cybersquatters hoping to cash in on Susan Boyle’s popularity


May 28th, 2009 - 1:59 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 28 (ANI): Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle is being targeted by cybersquatters, who want to make money from the global interest in Britain's Got Talent's contestant.Boyle is among 33 of ... Read more...

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IDPs identifying LTTE cadres in Lanka refugee camps: Army


May 25th, 2009 - 7:25 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, May 25 (ANI): The spokesman of the Sri Lankan Army, Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, on Monday said that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in welfare camps are identifying several former Tigers hiding among ... Read more...

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Tamil rebels say they are silencing their guns (Third Lead)


May 17th, 2009 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 17 (DPA) The embattled Tamil rebels have declared that they have decided to silence their guns in north-eastern Sri Lanka where the military says the rebels have been cornered into ... Read more...

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Tamil Tigers’ attack foiled, president claims victory (Lead)


May 17th, 2009 - 1:30 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 17 (DPA) The Sri Lankan army foiled a last-ditch, pre-dawn attempt by the Tamil Tigers to breach military defences Sunday, killing at least 70 fighters and destroying six vessels, a ... Read more...

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Rebel attack foiled, president returns claiming victory


May 17th, 2009 - 12:00 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 17 (DPA) The army foiled a last-ditch, predawn attempt by Tamil rebels using boats to breach military defences Sunday, killing at least 70 fighters and destroying a six boats, a ... Read more...

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Over 10,000 civilians held hostage by LTTE rescued: Sri Lanka


May 17th, 2009 - 11:56 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 17 (IANS) Sri Lankan troops have rescued more than 10,000 civilians held hostage by the Tamil Tigers in a small strip of land on the island's north, the defence ministry ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka claims rebels defeated; fighting continues (Roundup)


May 17th, 2009 - 1:34 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 16 (DPA) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday declared that the Tamil rebels have been defeated militarily, although pockets of resistance continue to be reported in the country's north-east. "I am ... Read more...

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Civilians flee last LTTE-held area in Sri Lanka (Third Lead)


May 16th, 2009 - 7:16 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 16 (DPA) Civilians continued Saturday to pour out of the last rebel-held area in northeastern Sri Lanka after security forces Saturday took the final strip of coast held by Tamil ... Read more...

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Troops enter ’safety zone’ in Sri Lanka (Lead)


May 12th, 2009 - 4:14 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 12 (DPA) Troops have entered a 'safety zone' which has been demarcated for civilians fleeing the Tamil Tigers-held area in north-eastern Sri Lanka, a move aimed at rescuing civilians trapped ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka troops capture rebels’ defence barrier


May 3rd, 2009 - 9:46 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 3 (Xinhua) The Sri Lankan troops have captured an important earth embankment used by the Tamil Tiger rebels for defence, an official said Sunday. The area is located near the Nanthikandal ... Read more...

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Susan Boyle’s web-savvy fans turn to cybersquatting


April 24th, 2009 - 5:02 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 24 (ANI): Fans of Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle are registering unofficial domain names in an effort to cash in on her new-found popularity.Internet users in the UK, France, ... Read more...

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UN Security Council discusses situation in Sri Lanka


April 23rd, 2009 - 7:00 am ICT by IANS
New York, April 23 (DPA) The UN Security Council met Wednesday to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka, where more than 100,000 refugees have fled rebel-held areas. The informal meeting was requested ... Read more...

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Two LTTE leaders surrender, over 95,000 flee war zone (Second Lead)


April 22nd, 2009 - 6:44 pm ICT by IANS
By P. Karunakharan Colombo, April 22 (IANS) Two second-rung leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) surrendered to the Sri Lankan military as the civilians fleeing the no-fire-zone in the rebel-held ... Read more...

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Two LTTE leaders surrender, 95,000 flee war zone (Lead)


April 22nd, 2009 - 6:01 pm ICT by IANS
By P. Karunakharan Colombo, April 22 (IANS) Two second-rung leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have surrendered to the Sri Lankan military as the number of civilians fleeing the no-fire-zone ... Read more...

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Two LTTE leaders surrender


April 22nd, 2009 - 5:00 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 22 (IANS) Two second rung leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have surrendered to the Sri Lankan military, a military spokesman said Wednesday. The two were identified as ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka Army confirms surrender of two top LTTE leaders


April 22nd, 2009 - 4:48 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Apr.22 (ANI): Two top leaders of the rebel Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Ealam (LTTE) have surrendered before the Sri Lanka Army in Puthumathalam.According to a Times Now report, Daya Master ... Read more...

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More civilians flee Tamil rebel zone in Sri Lanka


April 22nd, 2009 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 22 (DPA) Refugees streamed out of the shrinking Tamil rebel-held areas again Wednesday as government troops tightened a cordon around the zone in north-eastern Sri Lanka, military spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella ... Read more...

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India asks Sri Lanka to ensure safety of Tamil civilians (Lead)


April 21st, 2009 - 10:14 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi/Patna, April 21 (IANS) With the Sri Lankan Army stepping up offensive against the LTTE that has vowed never to surrender, India Tuesday conveyed its concerns and appealed to Colombo ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan rebels claim 1,000 civilians killed this week (Second Lead)


April 21st, 2009 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 21 (DPA) Tamil rebels claimed Tuesday that as many as 1,000 civilians were killed and 2,300 injured in military operations carried out in northern Sri Lanka since Monday, prompting nearly ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan civilians flee rebel-held areas for second day


April 21st, 2009 - 1:03 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 21 (DPA) Civilians fled Tamil rebel-held areas in north-eastern Sri Lanka for a second consecutive day Tuesday, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. He said the exact number of civilians who ... Read more...

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Ban welcomes escape of Sri Lankans from conflict zone


April 21st, 2009 - 2:53 am ICT by IANS
New York, April 21 (DPA) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Monday welcomed the escape of at least 35,000 civilians from the Tamil rebel-held areas in northeastern Sri Lanka. But Ban said he was worried ... Read more...

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Lankan President gives Prabhakaran 24-hours to surrender


April 20th, 2009 - 8:56 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Apr 20 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday warned the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran to surrender within 24 hours.Concerned over the insurgency in the ... Read more...

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30,000 civilians flee LTTE-held areas, 17 killed in blasts (Third Lead)


April 20th, 2009 - 4:18 pm ICT by IANS
By P. Karunakharan Colombo, April 20 (IANS) Over 30,000 civilians Monday fled Sri Lanka's northern war-zone while 17 people were killed in three suicide bomb attacks by the Tamil Tigers as troops advanced ... Read more...

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5,000 civilians flee Sri Lanka’s war-zone: Military (Lead)


April 20th, 2009 - 2:58 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 20 (IANS) Over 5,000 civilians Monday fled Sri Lanka's northern war-zone and entered the government-held areas as troops continued to advance towards the last stronghold of the Tamil Tigers as ... Read more...

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