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2006-08-28 03:53:23

By Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi ABOARD SRI LANKA AIR FORCE ANTONOV- (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force flew munitions to the island's besieged north on Monday and flew out dead troops in white body bags, as fresh fighting flared in the east. Officials said two soldiers were killed and 12 others injured when a patrol was attacked by Tamil Tiger rebels near a camp in the restive northeastern district of Trincomalee -- the second such clash in as many days. Hundreds of people have been...

2006-08-27 00:23:11

By Simon Gardner TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The first foreign nationals and aid workers to be evacuated from Sri Lanka's besieged north sailed into this eastern port on Sunday, only to be met by volleys of rockets and artillery amid fresh fighting. The military said it fired artillery and mortar bombs at rebel positions south of the Tiger-held town of Sampur after the Tigers fired at a patrol near an army camp. Seven soldiers were injured. Reuters correspondents in nearby...

2006-08-26 23:13:33

By Simon Gardner TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The first foreign nationals and aid workers to be evacuated from Sri Lanka's besieged north sailed into this eastern port on Sunday, only to be met by volleys of rockets and artillery amid fresh fighting. Military sources said the army had begun a limited operation targeting rebel positions near the Tiger-held town of Sampur, and said some soldiers had been injured. Reuters correspondents in nearby Trincomalee saw flashes on the...

2006-08-26 00:45:10

By Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The Red Cross evacuated foreigners from Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula and distributed aid there on Saturday after a two week siege, but the army said a bomb left by withdrawing rebels killed six soldiers. The fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces, the first ground battles since a 2002 ceasefire, has displaced more than 200,000 people and cut off half a million people in Jaffna from essential...

2006-08-25 23:49:21

By Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Officials distributed aid on Sri Lanka's besieged Jaffna peninsula on Saturday and foreign nationals were being evacuated as two Red Cross vessels docked there after weeks of fighting cut off the region. The fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces, the first ground battles since a 2002 ceasefire, has displaced more than 200,000 people, cut off half a million people in Jaffna from essential supplies and left...

2006-08-25 00:34:32

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - The first aid ship to break a two week siege of Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula prepared to unload on Friday, while another Red Cross-flagged vessel left port to evacuate foreign nationals. More than three weeks of fighting between the army and Tamil Tiger rebels has created a humanitarian crisis in north and east Sri Lanka and some 180,000 people have fled their homes. With road, air and sea links to Jaffna cut, shortages are rife. Air...

2006-08-24 03:57:37

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - A ship carrying food approached Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula for the first time in nearly two weeks on Thursday, but a new government demand made an end to fighting with the Tamil Tiger rebels seem more distant. The worst conflict since a 2002 ceasefire has left the road through rebel territory to Jaffna shut and the airbase closed to civilian flights, while the sea routes have been attacked by the rebels in boats. A Red Cross-flagged ship, which...

2006-08-24 00:37:17

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sporadic artillery fire and air strikes continued along Sir Lanka's Jaffna peninsula on Thursday as an aid ship approached the besieged city for the first time in nearly two weeks, residents and officials said. The army said the peninsula was "calm and quiet," but admitted some exchange of gunfire, which was confirmed by residents. The military also said jets struck a rebel Sea Tiger base near their de facto capital of Kilinochchi on Thursday. No...

2006-08-23 01:15:45

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Fighting on Sri Lanka's besieged Jaffna peninsula appeared to have hit a lull after a 12-day battle with Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said, as an aid ship sailed to feed tens of thousands cut off by the violence. With road links through rebel territory cut, and air and sea movement sharply curtailed, shortages have been rising fast for the roughly half a million people on the army-held peninsula. Some people are eating only one meal a day....

2006-08-22 21:54:04

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Fighting on Sri Lanka's besieged Jaffna peninsula appeared to be dying down after more than a week of open warfare there with Tamil Tiger rebels, the army said on Tuesday, but rebel mortars were fired at army camps in the east. With road links through rebel territory cut and air and sea movement sharply curtailed, shortages have been rising fast for the roughly half a million people on the army-held peninsula. Some have cut down to one meal a day,...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.