Latest Kingdom of Kandy Stories

2006-01-19 08:07:39

By Raju Gopalakrishnan COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed an army truck with a fragmentation mine in eastern Sri Lanka on Thursday, killing four people and injuring more than 20 in a fresh threat to a last-ditch peace effort. Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim is to hold talks next week with the government and, separately, with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in what is seen as the last chance to prevent the resumption of a fratricidal war that has...

2005-12-29 00:28:44

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Troops beefed up security in Sri Lanka's restive east on Thursday ahead of the funeral of a pro-rebel MP gunned down at Christmas mass, as escalating attacks stoked fears of a return to civil war. Sporadic attacks continued overnight near rebel-held territory. A policeman was shot and wounded while on duty in the eastern district of Batticaloa, where Tamil politician Joseph Pararajasingam was shot dead after taking Communion, and two soldiers...

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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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