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2006-07-31 00:09:31

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's four-year ceasefire is now void and the island's two-decade civil war is back on, a top Tamil Tiger rebel told Reuters on Monday as the guerrillas and the military entered a sixth straight day of fighting. S. Elilan, head of the Tigers' political wing in the restive eastern district of Trincomalee, said army troops had resumed a bid to advance toward land they control in the east and had fired artillery and mortars at their territory...

2006-07-30 22:34:55

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's four-year ceasefire is now void and the island's two-decade civil war is back on, a top Tamil Tiger rebel told Reuters on Monday as the guerillas and the military entered a sixth straight day of fighting. S. Elilan, head of the Tigers' political wing in the restive eastern district of Trincomalee, said army troops had resumed a bid to advance toward land they control in the east and had fired artillery and mortars at their territory in...

2006-07-29 08:38:50

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan air force jets killed seven Tamil Tiger fighters and injured many more in a fourth day of aerial bombings on Saturday in a bid to wrest control of a reservoir in the restive east, the rebels said. Kfir fighter planes raided the eastern districts of Batticaloa and Trincomalee in an operation to clear access to a sluice gate, which the government accuses the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of blocking to choke water supplies to...

2006-07-29 05:28:20

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan air force jets killed seven Tamil Tiger fighters and injured many more in a fourth day of aerial bombings on Saturday in a bid to wrest control of a reservoir in the restive east, the rebels said. Kfir fighter planes raided the eastern districts of Batticaloa and Trincomalee in an operation to clear access to a sluice gate, which the government accuses the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of blocking to choke water supplies to...

2006-07-14 05:50:10

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Friday they killed 22 soldiers in a firefight in potentially the worst military clash since a 2002 truce, but the army said the number of fatalities would be far lower. The Red Cross said their staff had seen the bodies of 12 soldiers and 4 Tiger fighters, and would coordinate the handover of the bodies on Saturday. Kayal Viliyan, a senior rebel in the Tigers' eastern political office in the district of...

2006-07-14 03:26:12

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy rained mortar shells on Tamil rebel positions in the island's restive east on Friday, after suspected snipers killed one sailor and injured another as sporadic attacks raise fears of renewed war. The Tamil Tiger rebels said none of their fighters were killed by the mortars, but said they clashed with an army unit in their territory in the eastern district of Batticaloa, and that four soldiers and two Tigers were killed in a...

2006-06-22 07:29:29

By Simon Gardner TALAIMANNAR, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Maduraweeran Kantharajah was so desperate to flee conflict between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels he sold his furniture and wife's jewelry to pay smugglers to sail his family to India. Two miles out to sea the Tamil grocer thought he was home free. But like 200 others now housed in a school-turned-camp at the island's northwestern tip, he was caught by Sri Lanka's Navy. His dream shattered, Kantharajah must now find...

2006-05-02 00:19:30

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said they were being shelled on Tuesday morning by government forces near the northeastern port of Trincomalee, but the army denied taking any action. Local police said it might instead be a clash between the Tigers and breakaway faction the Karuna group, which the rebels say is government backed. But the rebels clearly blamed the army. "It is from the Sri Lankan military," Tiger Trincomalee political leader S. Elilan told Reuters....

2006-05-01 00:23:07

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy said it came under attack from the Tamil Tiger rebels early on Monday and five sailors were wounded in an exchange of fire off the northeastern coast. "They have opened fire and attacked our Dvora," said navy spokesman D.K.P. Dassanayake, referring to a type of fast-attack craft. "We retaliated in self-defense," he added. Four civilians were also killed in a suspected rebel claymore fragmentation mine attack on a naval foot patrol near...

2006-04-28 02:00:54

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military halted air strikes on Tamil Tiger rebel targets for a second day on Friday, as aid workers assessed the number of people displaced by government attacks and suspected rebel violence continued. More than 100 people have died in the bloodiest three weeks since a 2002 ceasefire, and while air strikes launched after a suicide attack on army headquarters appear to have ended, diplomats say the island teeters on the brink of a new...


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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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