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ICC decides to ban Australian Umpire Hair from international cricket: official
Associated Press, Fri November 3, 2006 15:50 EST . MUMBAI, India (AP) - The International Cricket Council on Friday decided to ban Australian umpire Darrell Hair from officiating international matches for his conduct at August's Pakistan-England clash that led to the first forfeit in Test cricket's 129-year history, an ICC official said.

The decision during the ICC executive board's two-day meeting in Mumbai, India, came following a complaint by the Pakistan Cricket Board, the official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

A formal announcement will be made at the conclusion of the two-day meeting on Saturday, the official said.

The action against Hair comes nearly 2 1/2 months after he and fellow umpire Billy Doctrove of the West Indies penalized Pakistan five runs on the fourth day of its fourth and final Test against England at the Oval on Aug. 20 for ball tampering.

The Pakistani team protested by not immediately returning to the field after the tea interval. After waiting several minutes, Hair and Doctrove declared the Test a forfeit, the first in the sport's history.

The ICC on Sept. 28 cleared the Pakistani team of ball tampering, but banned Inzamam-ul-Haq for four one-day matches for bringing the game into disrepute by not continuing the Test match.

Hair initially was chosen to officiate in the Champions Trophy in India, but the ICC later removed him amid concerns over his safety and security, and of those around him during the tournament.

Hair's is under contract with the ICC until March.

Hair had joined the ranks of international cricket officials in 1992 and has a reputation for strict interpretation of the rules. He's umpired 76 Tests and 124 one-day internationals.

In 1995, Hair called Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for chucking. He did not officiate a match featuring Sri Lanka for eight years - even though the ICC officially stated that no country can dictate which umpires officiate their matches.

Pakistan demanded Hair be investigated by the ICC and never wanted him to officiate any game involving their country again.

The ICC later published e-mails sent by Hair to the world body offering to resign in exchange for 393,230 euros (C$565,000). Hair was not happy with the ICC's decision to publish the private correspondence, but refused to criticize his employer.

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Sri Lankan air force bombs three Tamil rebel naval bases in northwest and east
Associated Press, Fri November 3, 2006 02:51 EST . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's air force bombed three Tamil rebel naval bases Friday, a military spokesman said, deepening a crisis that risks plunging the island nation back into all-out war.

The bombers targeted two Sea Tiger bases in northwestern Mannar and one in eastern Batticaloa, spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said. Details of casualties or damage from the raids were not immediately known.

Friday's attack was the third in as many days after weekend peace talks between the separatist rebels and the government broke down in Geneva, Switzerland over the reopening of a major highway connecting Tamil-dominated areas in the north with the rest of the country.

Air force jets bombed the Tamil rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi on Thursday, killing five Tamils, a rebel official and European truce monitors had said.

The Geneva talks were aimed at reviving a 2002 cease-fire accord that halted 19 years of fighting but has all but disintegrated amid violence that has killed at least 2,000 combatants and civilians this year.

Separately Friday, an ethnic Tamil man was shot and killed in northern Vavuniya _ a government-held town that borders rebel territory _ the pro-rebel TamilNet Web site reported. The motive for the killing was unclear.

Samarasinghe said earlier that the rebels were planning an offensive in the country's east. He said government intelligence indicated movement of fighters and weapons in the area by the Tamil Tiger rebels, formally known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, but he declined to give details of the intelligence.

``Our intelligence reports tell us that the LTTE is planning an offensive in the east and we are prepared for that,'' Samarasinghe said.

He said 523 Tamil civilians have fled from areas under rebel control due to the outbreak of fighting in the east during the past three days. Unlike northern Sri Lanka, where the rebels control vast areas, in the east they have been weakened by a 2004 split in the rebel movement.

Two Tamil civilians were killed when the military fired mortars into a rebel-held village in the east, TamilNet reported. The military denied attacking the village.

Samarasinghe said a rebel was killed in the east late Thursday when the anti-terrorist Special Task Force responded to a guerrilla attack.

There was no independent confirmation of the rebels' alleged plans for an offensive and Tamil Tiger officials were not immediately available for comment on the offensive or the air raids.

Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for ethnic Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka, citing discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the cease-fire.

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Sri Lankan military says rebels plan offensive, 1 guerrilla killed in latest violence
Associated Press, Thu November 2, 2006 22:38 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military said Friday that Tamil rebels were planning an offensive in the country's east, a day after air force bombs killed five Tamils during an air raid in an insurgency stronghold. Unlike northern Sri Lanka - , where the rebels control vast areas, in the east they have been weakened by a 2004 split in the rebel movement.

Samarasinghe said a rebel was killed in the east late Thursday when the anti-terrorist Special Task Force retaliated against a guerrilla attack.

There was no independent confirmation of the rebels' alleged plans for an offensive and Tamil Tiger officials were not immediately available for comment.

On Thursday, Sri Lanka - 's air force bombed Kilinochchi, the Tamil Tigers' de-facto capital.

A bomb hit a house, killing five civilians, the rebels' military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan said by telephone from Kilinochchi.

``The deceased were a family of five. The father, the mother, their two children and a grandmother. This is state terrorism. The civilized world should condemn it.''

European truce monitors confirmed the airstrike and civilian deaths, but the military has denied it targeted civilians.

``We have taken two targets,'' Samarasinghe said of the air raids referring to a base for Sea Tigers near Mannar in the northwest, away from Kilinochchi, and a rebel training area in Kilinochchi.

The air raid was the second in as many days after failed peace talks in Geneva between the rebels and the government over the weekend.

Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for ethnic Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka - , citing discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the cease-fire. Another 2,000 people have been killed this year alone.

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