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2006-05-05 07:26:18

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy and air force hit rebel Tamil Tiger targets on land and sea in the island's northwest on Friday, officials said, further straining a battered 2002 ceasefire and possibly putting peace talks further out of reach. More than 200 people have died in violence over the past month, raising fears a two decade civil war between government forces and the rebels might resume in full force. Both sides say they want talks, but until thorny...

2006-05-05 04:45:45

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy and air force sank two Tamil Tiger rebel boats in battle on Friday, officials said, further straining a battered 2002 ceasefire and possibly putting peace talks further out of reach. More than 200 people have died in violence over the past month, raising fears a two decade civil war might resume. Both sides say they want talks, but until thorny logistical issues are solved, most analysts expect violence to worsen. Naval sources...

2006-05-04 13:22:25

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army said it killed seven suspected Tamil Tigers after an attack on a checkpoint on Thursday, while the rebels raised new objections to a government plan aimed at ending the deadlock over peace talks. International truce monitors say around 200 people have died since early April in the bloodiest month since a 2002 truce halted two decades of civil war. Talks due to be held last month in Switzerland have been postponed indefinitely by the...

2006-05-03 07:21:04

By Joe Ariyaratnam JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - People stayed off the streets in Sri Lanka's north on Wednesday after gunmen killed two in an attack on a Tamil newspaper, prompting calls by journalists for greater protection. Unidentified attackers stormed the office of Tamil daily "Uthayan," or "Dawn," in the northern town of Jaffna late on Tuesday, witnesses said, searching for a senior journalist, smashing computers and equipment and killing two staff. More than 130 people have...

2006-05-03 03:51:18

By Joe Ariyaratnam JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - People stayed off the streets in Sri Lanka's north on Wednesday after gunmen killed two in an attack on a Tamil newspaper, prompting calls by journalists for greater protection. Unidentified attackers stormed the office of Tamil daily "Uthayan," or "Dawn," in the northern town of Jaffna late on Tuesday, witnesses said, searching for a senior journalist, smashing computers and equipment and killing two staff. More than 130 people have...

2006-04-21 03:41:41

By Lindsay Beck COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sinhalese civilians attacked a Tamil village in Sri Lanka's northeast on Friday after a mine attack blamed on the Tamil Tigers killed a policeman. The violence near the northeastern city of Trincomalee came a day after the Tigers said they were postponing indefinitely talks with the government initially set for next week, despite the efforts of a Norwegian peace envoy. "It was a claymore explosion early this morning," said army spokesman Prasad...

2006-04-16 23:18:13

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed four Sri Lankan soldiers in a claymore fragmentation mine ambush on Monday, an army source said, as violence on the island continued to worsen. "It was a claymore attached to a three-wheeler (auto-rickshaw)," the source said from the northern town of Vavuniya, just south of rebel territory, where the attack occurred. "Four army people were killed." Another army source in the northern town of Jaffna said another claymore mine...

2006-04-03 00:16:16

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - A breakaway faction of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers vowed on Monday to shoot dead supporters of the mainstream rebel group unless they return thousands of homes and businesses appropriated from Muslims in the 1990s. The group led by breakaway former commander Colonel Karuna, who is locked in a deadly feud with the Tigers that threatens to rekindle a two-decade civil war, told Reuters it will also hunt down three top rebels and hand them to Nordic...

2006-03-17 15:05:09

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. court ordered the government on Friday to release a Sri Lankan who has been imprisoned for five years after he tried to enter America seeking asylum from alleged torture in his home country. Ahilan Nadarajah, a 25-year old member of the Tamil ethnic minority on the island nation, was tortured by government troops at his home in the Jaffna peninsula of northern Sri Lanka on suspicion that he was a member of the separatist Tamil Tigers group, according...

2006-02-17 00:24:57

By Peter Apps JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Normality is returning to northern Sri Lanka after the region went to the brink of war in January, residents say, but coming talks between government and Tamil Tiger rebels in Geneva will decide if the peace will last. Troops keep up a high presence on the streets of the Jaffna peninsula, dominated by the island's Tamil minority, hemmed in by rebel lines and seen as a key objective for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) if a 2002...


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