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2011-08-04 06:39:48

(Ivanhoe Newswire)--Individuals around the world are internally displaced every year as a result of armed conflict. Residents of Sri Lanka, who were internally displaced during the civil war they experienced in their country from 1983 to 2009, were found to have a higher prevalence of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder. As quoted in the background article of the study, "Nearly 2.7 million individuals worldwide are internally displaced...

2006-09-04 02:50:29

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military has taken control of the northeastern area of Sampur from Tiger rebels after days of fighting to secure the southern lip of strategic Trincomalee harbour, a military official said on Monday. The fall comes after days of fierce artillery battles between the foes for control of the area, from which the rebels had been able to shell a major naval base and disrupt a maritime supply route to government-held Jaffna peninsula to the north. "Sampur...

2006-09-02 12:44:37

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy said on Saturday it sank 12 Tamil Tiger craft in a pre-dawn naval battle off the island's northern tip, killing dozens of guerrillas including suicide fighters, but the rebels dismissed the claim. The clash at sea near the besieged army-held Jaffna peninsula comes amid five weeks of intense fighting after four years of ceasefire, and as the army seeks to wrest control of rebel territory near a strategic port in the island's...

2006-09-02 01:56:23

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy sank 12 Tamil Tiger craft overnight in a naval battle off the island's northern tip and dozens of rebels, including suicide fighters, are believed to have been killed, the military said on Saturday. The clash at sea near the besieged army-held Jaffna peninsula comes amid five weeks of intense fighting after four years of ceasefire, and as the army seeks to wrest control of rebel territory near a strategic port in the island's...

2006-09-01 22:04:08

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy sank 12 Tamil Tiger craft overnight in a fierce naval battle off the island's northern tip, the military said on Saturday, adding it believed it had killed dozens of rebel fighters. The clash at sea near the besieged army-held Jaffna peninsula comes amid a five-week-old bout of renewed civil war after four years of ceasefire, and as the army seeks to wrest control of rebel territory near a strategic port in the island's...

2006-09-01 12:25:00

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army mounted an offensive to capture rebel-held territory south of the strategic northeastern harbour of Trincomalee on Friday, officials said, and a naval battle broke out off the island's northern tip. The army is trying to take the Tamil Tiger-held town of Sampur, from where the rebels are in artillery range of a major naval base and able to disrupt a key maritime supply route to the besieged army-held northern Jaffna peninsula. "We are...

2006-08-31 07:50:08

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - The United Nations threatened overnight to suspend aid operations in Sri Lanka after international truce monitors accused government troops of executing aid workers. Nordic truce monitors on Wednesday formally accused Sri Lankan soldiers of being behind the execution-style murders of 17 local staff members of the Action Contre La Faim aid agency earlier this month during a battle with Tamil Tiger rebels in the northeast. The government denies...

2006-08-29 07:58:12

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops battled Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday in a new offensive, jeopardizing the evacuation of foreign nationals from the besieged north of the island and threatening an escalation of the conflict. The government offensive is aimed at forcing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to vacate positions around Sampur on the southern edge of Trincomalee harbor, from where they have launched attacks on military shipping and shelled the...

2006-08-28 13:44:53

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said at least 20 civilians were killed and 26 wounded in air force raids on Monday in the island's east, as the army launched a new push into Tiger territory. The military said it had raided identified rebel targets south of the strategic port of Trincomalee 145 miles northeast of the capital, Colombo. It said 8 soldiers were killed and 28 wounded during fighting to take rebel-held villages. "They are continually shelling...

2006-08-28 05:53:55

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army launched a new push into Tamil Tiger rebel territory in the east on Monday, while in the besieged north an air force transport plane ferried in munitions and took out the dead. At least four soldiers were killed in Monday's fighting. Hundreds have been killed in violence this month, the worst fighting since a 2002 truce, but so far the front lines have barely moved. But the government says it wants the Liberation Tigers of Tamil...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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