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JULY 29, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 114


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Military air strikes kill 8 rebels, wound 4 in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat July 29, 2006 09:26 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's air force bombed Tamil Tiger rebel positions for a fourth day Saturday, killing eight guerrillas and wounding four, a rebel spokesman and the military said, as the government accused Finland and Denmark of giving in to terrorism by withdrawing their cease-fire monitors. Sri Lanka's government on Saturday accused Finland and Denmark of giving in to terrorists.

``It is a bad precedent for the whole world which considers terrorism as a cancerous menace and is fighting against it,'' chief government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told The Associated Press.

Norway formed the five-nation monitoring team after brokering the 2002 truce. Subsequent peace talks broke down over rebel demands for sweeping autonomy.

Jehan Perera of the independent National Peace Council said the weakening of the monitoring team would have little immediate effect because neither side is currently respecting the truce.

``Both sides are violating the cease-fire in an open manner,'' he said.

The rebels began fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in 1983, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

An escalation of violence in recent months has threatened a return to all-out war, with more than 750 people half of them civilians killed since December.
Published: Sat Jul 29 11:23:39 EDT 2006

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Neither the government nor the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are willing to compromise to try to halt violence that has killed more than 800 people this year, and the military is being heavy-handed, said retired Swedish Major General Ulf Henricsson, who heads the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM).

"In reality they more or less have terminated the ceasefire agreement in their actions," he told Reuters in an interview at his home in downtown Colombo. More... Discuss this story
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Sri Lanka pair break world record
BBC, july 29. Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene fell for 374, 26 short of Brian Lara's Test record but did share in a new landmark on an amazing day in Colombo. Jayawardene set a new partnership record of 624 with Kumar Sangakkara, who hit 35 fours in 287. The skipper continued, but one short of Lara's second highest score of 375 and six behind Matthew Hayden's 380, he was bowled by one that kept a touch low. Sri Lanka declared on 756-6, with South Africa closing 544 adrift at 43-0. More... [Listen]
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Can India trust the Sri Lankan President?
Rediff Special, July 28, 2006. On November 18 last year, then Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapakse got a rather pleasant 60th birthday gift: News that he had been elected as the President of the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says offensives will continue to end water spat with ..., July 29, 2006. The Sri Lankan government said Friday that military offensives will continue until the present impasse with the Tamil Tigers over an irrigation sluice gate is resolved... Back to the top

Swede's killer gets 12 years in Sri Lanka
The Local, July 28. The 21-year-old man who landed a skull-crushing lethal blow to 19-year-old Swede Yvonne Jonsson in 2005 was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday... Back to the top

Jayawardene, Sangakkara set world record 624-run partnership in test cricket
Associated Press, Sat July 29, 2006 10:02 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara set a world record for the highest partnership in test cricket Saturday with a total of 624 runs, surpassing the 576-run mark held by fellow Sri Lankans Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama... Back to the top

Finland, Denmark withdraw from Sri Lanka cease-fire monitoring team amid rising violence
Associated Press, Fri July 28, 2006 12:34 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Finland and Denmark, two of the five countries in the European monitoring mission overseeing the shaky cease-fire between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels, have decided to withdraw because of inadequate security, a spokesman said Friday... Back to the top

Report: Sri Lanka slams peace monitors for withdrawing, labels rebels 'terrorists'
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Death toll from airstrikes rises to six in Sri Lanka ; powerful roadside bomb found
Associated Press, Fri July 28, 2006 00:02 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force bombed rebel-held areas, including an unfinished runway and a rebel camp, killing six insurgents and wounding five others, a pro-rebel Web site reported Friday, in the latest violence to menace the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka truce hangs by thread, July 28, 2006. SRI Lanka's ceasefire hung by a thread Friday as Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces traded artillery fire and Finland announced its truce observers would quit before September 1... Back to the top

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