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2006-08-17 00:50:00

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels launched a new attack overnight on the besieged northern Jaffna peninsula, the army said on Thursday, as a U.S. envoy visited the island to hold talks on the worst fighting since a 2002 truce. The military said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had launched an offensive along the front line with assault boats and infantry, but said it had largely been repulsed. It said 106 soldiers had been killed in the Jaffna battle...

2006-08-16 21:56:35

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers launched a new attack overnight on the northern Jaffna peninsula, the army said on Thursday, as a U.S. envoy visited the island but the worst fighting since a 2002 truce showed no sign of abating. The military said it had few details but that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had launched a new offensive around Kilali, at the western end of the peninsula's front line. Since the Tigers launched attacks toward Jaffna...

2006-08-16 01:24:28

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - As Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tigers traded artillery fire again on Wednesday, analysts and executives say the worst fighting since a 2002 truce is delaying investments in the $23 billion economy. Three weeks of fierce fighting that many regard as a new chapter of a two-decade civil war, coupled with an assassination and two car bombs in the capital in a week, have sent shudders through the investment community. "We've put everything on hold,"...

2006-08-15 22:38:50

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - As Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tigers traded artillery fire again on Wednesday, analysts and executives say the worst fighting since a 2002 truce is delaying investments in the $23 billion economy. Three weeks of fierce fighting that many regard as a new chapter of a two-decade civil war, coupled with an assassination and two car bombs in the capital in a week, have sent shudders through the investment community. "We've put everything on hold,"...

2006-08-14 21:51:34

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Troops and Tamil Tigers fought a fierce artillery battle across the no-man's land in Sri Lanka's north on Tuesday, the military said, as it searched for rebel infiltrators amid fears a renewed civil war could escalate. Schools were closed on government orders for holidays to begin early after a suspected Tiger front group threatened on Monday to attack civilian targets before an ambush on a Pakistan embassy convoy in the capital killed seven...

2006-08-14 08:48:23

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers killed seven people in an attack on a Pakistan embassy convoy on Monday, the military said, hours after a suspected rebel front threatened to bomb civilians in the capital and an air raid killed dozens. The blast, less than a mile from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's residence, came hours after the Air Force bombed the grounds of a former orphanage in the northeast, which the rebels said killed 61 schoolgirls aged...

2006-08-13 00:08:45

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Heavy fighting and artillery fire raged on Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula on Sunday as the army said it had pushed back a Tamil Tiger rebel offensive in the heaviest fighting since a 2002 truce. On Saturday the Tigers broke through army defences on the army-held peninsula, where some 40,000 troops, mainly from the Sinhalese majority, are based in a Tamil-dominated area cut off from the rest of the island by rebel territory. Telephone contact...

2006-08-12 22:39:46

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government said on Sunday it had pushed back a Tamil Tiger offensive on the northern Jaffna peninsula, but fighting continued and analysts remained skeptical that Colombo was telling the whole truth. On Saturday the Tigers broke through army defenses in the northern army-held Jaffna peninsula, cut off from the rest of the island by rebel lines. Telephone contact with the town remains extremely difficult. "The area is now totally under...

2006-08-12 11:55:52

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels broke through military defenses in the island's far north and overran army bunkers on Saturday, truce monitors said, as the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce spread. The Tigers and army exchanged intense artillery fire and government jets bombed near the rebels' forward defense lines in the northern Jaffna peninsula, residents said, as thousands of civilians fled to churches. The military said 27 of its personnel were...

2006-08-12 06:00:20

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels broke through military defenses in the island's far north and overran army bunkers on Saturday, truce monitors said, as the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce spread. The Tigers and army exchanged intense artillery fire and government jets bombed near the rebels' forward defense lines in the northern Jaffna peninsula, residents said, as thousands of civilians fled to churches. The military said it sank five Sea Tiger...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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