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JULY 1, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 86


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Sri Lankan navy sinks Tamil rebel boat, averts possible attack on harbor
Associated Press, Fri June 30, 2006 22:19 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan forces sank a Tamil rebel boat as it approached a strategic harbor in the island's north, rebuffed an attack on an army patrol, and killed a suspected guerrilla in the east, the military said Saturday.

Mounting attacks have raised fears of a return to all-out civil war on this tropical island off the southern tip of India.

Late Friday, the Tamil Tiger rebels' sea wing appeared to be about to attack a strategic port in the northern Jaffa Peninsula, a navy spokesman said.

``We first made some warning shots, but the boat continued and then we fired and the boat caught fire and sank,'' Commander D.K.P. Dassanayake said.

It was not immediately known how many people were on the boat, or if there were any rebel casualties.

``Our men had to fire because the boat was advancing toward Kankesanturai harbor.''

No non-navy boats are allowed in the waters because it is designated a ``high security zone,'' Dassanayake said. The harbor is a main point of entry for supplies to an estimated 40,000 troops stationed in the region.

A pro-rebel Web site, TamilNet, called the incident a ``sea fight,'' and reported that two boats were seen burning, although it did not identify the vessels.

Dassanayake said no navy vessels were damaged.

On Saturday, the army killed a suspected Tamil guerrilla as he tried to attack a checkpoint with a hand grenade in northern Mannar district, 135 miles north of the capital, Colombo, said Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, an army spokesman.

The army suffered no casualties, he told The Associated Press.

Separately, suspected Tamil Tigers using small arms and mortars attacked an army road clearing patrol in Muttur, a small town in eastern Sri Lanka, Samarasinghe said.

``We also retaliated using mortars,'' he said, adding that no soldiers were wounded in the clash near the port city of Trincomalee, about 135 miles northeast of Colombo.

The rebels did not immediately comment on Saturday's attacks.

More than 700 people have been killed in violence since April, despite a 2002 cease-fire agreement between the government and the rebel group.

The Tigers have been fighting since 1983 to carve out a separate homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.2 million minority Tamils. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jul 1 01:19:07 EDT 2006

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Hindustan Times, july 1. The Tamil Tiger's recent volte-face on Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination has shocked political analysts worldwide who know A to Z about LTTE.

Ever since the killing of India's charismatic leader in 1991, the Tamil rebel group has never admitted its guilt.

In fact, at one of the Oslo peace talks sessions in 2002, Anton Balasingham - the ideologue who did the needful for the LTTE this time - himself had "categorically" denied any involvement, and had stormed out of the room looking "very angry".

"It is a monumental hypocrisy, an insult to Indian public opinion as well as international opinion. The Tigers don't clearly say in the tape that they did it. This kind of statement by Balasingham does not absolve them of the culpability," says General VR Raghavan, Director of Centre for Strategic Analysis. More... Discuss this story
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Sri Lanka crushes England, sweeps one-day international series 5-0
Associated Press, july 1. LEEDS, England (AP) _ England set Sri Lanka the sixth highest run chase in one-day international cricket on Saturday, and Sri Lanka reached it with some 12 overs to spare.

Sri Lanka's 8-wicket win at Headingley completed a 5-0 sweep of the series.

England scored its highest innings of the series at 321 for 7 wickets, powered by 121 from opener Marcus Trescothick.

Sri Lanka responded in style, reaching 324-2 at a rate of 8.5 runs an over. Openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga shared a first-wicket stand of 286, the third highest stand in one-day international history.

Jayasuriya and Tharanga made their intentions clear from the start. Some 55 runs came in the first 4 overs, and another 25 off a nightmare ninth over by medium-fast bowler Kabir Ali.

Jayasuriya scored 152 in only 99 balls _ including 4 sixes and 20 fours _ before being caught by Andrew Strauss off Vikram Solanki, while Upul Tharanga was caught and bowled by Dalrymple for 109.

Steve Harmison conceded 97 runs in 10 overs for no wickets, marking the worst performance by an England bowler in a one-day international series. Ali ended up with 0-72 in only six overs.

Jayasuriya was named man of the match and man of the series. Discuss this story
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Fresh violence kills 6 in Sri Lanka , says army
Associated Press, Fri June 30, 2006 13:24 EDT . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces and suspected Tamil Tiger rebels clashed Friday in a surge of violence in Sri Lanka - , leaving at least five combatants dead, an army spokesman said, in a further blow to a four-year-old cease-fire... Back to the top

Report: Sri Lanka 's military general's assassination, police arrest two suspects
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39 Sri Lankans arrested allegedly trying to migrate illegally to Italy
Associated Press, Sat July 1, 2006 06:16 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police said they arrested 39 minority ethnic Tamils in southern Sri Lanka - Saturday who said they were planning to migrate illegally to Italy to look for work... Back to the top

1 navy sailor, 1 suspected Tamil rebel killed in clash in Sri Lanka , navy says
Associated Press, Fri June 30, 2006 02:03 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two suspected Tamil rebels opened fire on two navy sailors while they were shopping in northwestern Sri Lanka - on Friday, sparking a clash that killed two of the combatants, a navy spokesman said... Back to the top

AP Blog: Traveling Nettlesome in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri June 30, 2006 17:21 EDT . - - AP Correspondent Matthew Rosenberg covered recent violence in Sri Lanka - between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's central bank expects 8 percent economic growth in 2006
Associated Press, Fri June 30, 2006 10:08 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - can achieve an 8 percent economic growth in 2006 despite high global oil prices and a faltering cease-fire between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, the new central bank governor said Friday... Back to the top

UNICEF asks Sri Lanka 's Tamil Tigers guerrillas to halt underage recruitment
Associated Press, Fri June 30, 2006 05:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The U.N. children's agency on Friday said it has met with Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tigers, asking them to stop recruiting underage fighters and immediately release those already enlisted... Back to the top

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Youth abductions haunt Sri Lanka as violence rises, June 30, 2006 - 06:35 EDT. KIRAN, Sri Lanka, June 30 (Reuters) - Dozens of young men have been rounded up and abducted in eastern Sri Lanka, the United Nations and residents say, probably to train as fighters for rival ethnic Tamil groups... Back to the top

India treads cautiously over Lanka crisis, June 30, 2006 - 10:43 EDT. Caught between the political compulsions at home and Sri Lanka's growing demand for a pact of some sort between the two countries, the Indian defence establishment is walking a tightrope... Back to the top

LTTE making contradictory statements: Karunanidhi, June 30, 2006 - 10:30 EDT. CHENNAI: The LTTE was making contradictory statements on the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and its stand on the issue was not clear, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said here on Friday... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil rebels attack pro-government Tamil political party office, soldier wounded
Associated Press, Fri June 30, 2006 00:51 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked the office of a pro-government Tamil political party with hand grenades early Friday in northwestern Sri Lanka - , wounding one soldier who was guarding the place, the military said... Back to the top

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Sri Lanka warns Norway over truce deal as deadlock drags on, 30 june. June 29, 2006 (AFP) - Sri Lanka warned peace broker Norway against any deal with Tamil Tiger rebels, just before Nordic nations ended a meeting Thursday without a decision on their truce-monitoring mission in the island... Back to the top

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