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2006-08-11 17:28:49

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers fired artillery at a Navy base in the island's strategic eastern Trincomalee harbor before dawn on Saturday, the military said, as the worst fighting since a 2002 truce deepened. "Trincomalee harbor is under artillery attack," said Navy spokesman Commander D.K.P. Dassanayake. There were no immediate details. Fierce shelling continued in the island's far north, where a new battlefront opened up late on Friday, officials said.

2006-08-10 11:13:41

TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Many troops battling Tamil Tiger rebels in east Sri Lanka were feared dead or wounded on Thursday after an ammunition dump at an army camp apparently accidentally exploded, military sources said. "We fired artillery all day. Maybe one of the guns overheated and accidentally blew up," said one source. "The dump exploded. We expect lots of casualties and deaths." Reuters correspondents in the eastern town of Trincomalee heard sustained explosions...

2006-08-09 12:51:37

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said the army killed 5 civilians and injured 18 in a rocket attack on Wednesday, as the government vowed to win control of a water source at the center of the worst fighting since a 2002 truce. Water flowed to thousands of farmers in east Sri Lanka for the first time in three weeks on Wednesday after truce monitors confirmed the Tigers had reopened a blocked, disputed sluice the previous night -- an apparent olive branch...

2006-08-09 01:17:12

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The brutal murder of 17 Sri Lankan aid workers last week highlights the difficulties faced by relief organizations around the world trying to balance helping people with politics. The massacre, which took place in the northeastern town of Mutur after days of fighting between troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, was one of the bloodiest attacks on an aid group in history. "This will change how we operate, who we help and how we do it," said...

2006-08-09 03:14:37

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE (Reuters) - Water flowed to thousands of farmers in east Sri Lanka for the first time in three weeks on Wednesday after Tamil Tiger rebels lifted a blockade, but there was no end to the worst fighting since a 2002 truce. The army fired rockets toward Tamil Tiger positions before dawn, 15 days after jets first dropped bombs on rebel areas in a bid to wrest control a disputed sluice. The rebels said air force jets again bombed their territory. "Water is...

2006-08-08 21:49:52

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE (Reuters) - Water flowed to thousands of farmers in east Sri Lanka for the first time in three weeks on Wednesday after Tamil Tiger rebels lifted a blockade, but the military said it was too early to say if the worst fighting since a 2002 truce was near an end. The army fired rockets toward Tamil Tiger positions before dawn, 15 days after jets first dropped bombs on rebel areas in a bid to wrest control a disputed sluice. The rebels said late on Tuesday...

2006-08-08 04:07:57

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka ordered a probe into the killing of 17 local tsunami aid staff on Tuesday as some family members blamed the army, and fighting and artillery continued in the island's east for a 14th day. Government howitzers hit Tamil Tiger positions near the northeastern port of Trincomalee, where suspected rebels shot dead an airman. Two police commandos were killed further south in Ampara district, officials said. The army said...

2006-08-07 21:38:50

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Explosions sounded out in Sri Lanka's east on Tuesday as fighting between the military and Tamil Tigers over a water supply entered a 14th day, while aid workers planned for the burials of 17 slain local staff. Reuters witnesses in the eastern port of Trincomalee could hear explosions toward the disputed area to the south after dawn, after a Norwegian peace envoy convinced the rebels to reopen a blocked sluice gate and halt fighting...

2006-08-07 09:50:21

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Workers from a French aid group on Monday recovered the bodies of 15 local colleagues found executed in a battle-scarred Sri Lankan town, taking them by tractor on Monday toward their families. The French government angrily condemned the murders of staff from Action Contre La Faim (ACF) -- also known as Action Against Hunger -- which took place in the northeastern town of Mutur where they were working on rebuilding after the 2004...

2006-08-07 02:43:15

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Residents who fled fighting in northeast Sri Lanka on foot accuse both troops and Tamil Tiger rebels of beating and seizing civilians as they escaped -- while each side accuses the other of massacres. The first real ground fighting since a 2002 truce and the resulting mass population movement have shattered already strained relations between the Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities.. "Every day, we are afraid," said 62-year-old...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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