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2005-12-27 11:02:50

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Fuelling fears of a return to civil war, suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed 11 soldiers in the island's far north on Tuesday in the second mine attack in less than a week, the military said. The blast followed a string of guerrilla ambushes on the military and the assassination of a pro-rebel member of parliament at a Christmas mass that are straining a 2002 truce to breaking point. "It was a claymore attack," said military spokesman Prasad...

2005-12-27 07:02:18

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Fuelling fears of a return to civil war, suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed 10 soldiers in the island's far north on Tuesday in the second mine attack in less than a week, the military said. The blast followed a string of guerrilla ambushes on the military and the assassination of a pro-rebel member of parliament at a Christmas mass that are straining a 2002 truce to breaking point. "It was a claymore attack," said military spokesman Prasad...

2005-12-26 02:15:00

By Peter Apps PASIKUDAH, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - A year after the tsunami swept away his house, building materials for fisherman R. Alagodurai's new home have finally arrived. But he fears escalating violence could reignite Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war and he might never live there. Many coastal communities have been moved a few miles inland in case of another tsunami. But residents are now closer to ceasefire lines that will become battlefields if a 2002 truce fails amid a string of...

2005-12-08 02:00:53

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Ethnic tension between Sri Lanka's minority Tamil and Muslim communities is rising in the island's east after a November grenade attack on a mosque killed seven and as observers fear the island's 2002 truce is falling apart. Aid workers helping communities devastated by last year's tsunami say many Tamil and Muslim aid workers are too scared to visit each other's communities as vehicles have been attacked and bodies found on beaches and by roads....

2005-12-06 08:13:36

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels killed seven Sri Lankan soldiers in a mine blast on Tuesday, the second such attack in three days, the government said, sparking fears of a return to a civil war that has killed tens of thousands. The Tigers, who agreed a ceasefire in 2002, denied any hand in the blasts. Sri Lankan markets reacted nervously to the latest attack, with the stock exchange plunging around six percent, but the government vowed to act with restraint...

2005-12-06 03:57:13

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil rebels killed seven Sri Lankan soldiers in a claymore mine blast on Tuesday, the second such attack in three days, sparking fears of a return to a civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people. The Colombo stock exchange plunged over six percent on news of the attack. The army said one officer and six soldiers were killed in the mine explosion in the military-held town of Jaffna, on a northern peninsula hemmed in by a de...

2005-12-04 04:26:33

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Six soldiers were killed in a claymore fragmentation mine attack by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's war-torn north on Sunday, the military said -- the deadliest in a spate of attacks since a 2002 ceasefire. The attack 4.5 miles east of the military-held town of Jaffna follows on the heels of a series of attacks near rebel held areas in the island's north and east over the weekend that injured over a dozen people and killed a further...

2005-12-02 06:07:20

By Joe Ariyaratnam JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Protesters burned barricades and blocked major roads in Sri Lanka's government-held Jaffna peninsula on Friday as part of a general strike over the killing of two Tamil men. They blamed the government and the EPDP, an anti-rebel minority Tamil party that is an alliance partner of new President Mahinda Rajapakse, for the killings. The military denied the charge. "We accuse the Sri Lankan Army and the EPDP," said a leaflet handed out...

2005-11-21 04:31:48

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Hopes for lasting peace in Sri Lanka have dimmed after the Tamil Tigers ruined the chances of the presidential candidate seen most likely to clinch a deal, analysts say, fearing rising violence could spiral into war. Most ethnic Tamil voters in the north and east were expected to back opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who had pledged to bring a lasting peace deal, but rebel Tamil Tiger barricades and intimidation kept them away and secured...

2005-08-30 07:10:18

By Simon Gardner JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Displaced four times by Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war with the Tamil Tigers, 22-year-old Nirmalashanthi Vijayakanth is ecstatic to finally settle into the first home she can call her own. The ramshackle shelter in the artillery-ravaged northern town of Jaffna has no running water, no electricity and she and her husband sleep on a plastic sheet laid on the hard dirt floor. Their baby, due this month, will have to do the same. But...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.