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Security Council slams use of children in armed conflict
AFP, feb 13. UNITED NATIONS (AFP) The UN Security Council on Tuesday slammed the continuing recruitment and use of children in armed conflict and deplored the systematic use of rape and other forms of sexual violence against them.

It did so in a non-binding statement adopted at the end of a day-long debate attended by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, United Nations' Children's Fund (UNICEF) executive director Ann Veneman and Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN special representative for children and armed conflict. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Feb 12 22:01:02 EST 2008

Rebel artillery fire hits Catholic church in Sri Lanka , killing 6 soldiers, military says
Associated Press, Tue February 12, 2008 05:37 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Artillery fired by Tamil separatists hit a Roman Catholic church near a military base in Sri Lanka - 's embattled north Tuesday, killing six soldiers who were cleaning the building, the military said.

About 15 shells hit St. Anthony's Church and the nearby area in the village of Thalladi in the Mannar district, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

He said the military undertook cleaning at the request of priests who visited the church Monday.

The Rev. Victor Sosai said the military did not allow civilians to worship in the church with military activity increasing in the past two months.

The attack came a day after escalating fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger fighters along the front lines of the civil war killed 42 rebels and 10 soldiers, the military announced Tuesday.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment.

Fighting has escalated around the rebel strongholds in the north in recent months after the government vowed to dismantle the rebel administration and crush their decades-old separatist campaign.

The government earlier this year officially withdrew from a six-year-old cease-fire with the rebels. The pact had been ignored by both sides for the past two years.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought the government since 1983 to create a separate homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.Discuss this story
Published: Tue Feb 12 07:30:01 EST 2008 Back to the top

64 killed in Sri Lanka clashes, feb 12. COLOMBO: At least 64 people were killed in fierce ground clashes and shelling of a key military base close to a Catholic church by Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka's embattled northern region, officials here said on Tuesday. Six soldiers were killed and several injured when Tiger rebels attacked the Thallady military base in Mannar on Tuesday morning, prompting security forces to retaliate, the army said, adding the nearby St. Anthony's Church was also hit in the rebel shelling. More...
Published: Tue Feb 12 18:37:19 EST 2008 Back to the top

Heavy fighting kills dozens in Sri Lanka: military, Feb 12, 2008, 02:40 EDT. OLOMBO (AFP) Heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka has left at least 11 government soldiers and 42 Tamil Tiger rebels dead, defence officials said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says kills 48 rebels in fighting in north, 12 jan. COLOMBO, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops backed by artillery fire killed 48 Tamil Tiger fighters in a series of battles in the north of the island, the military said on Tuesday, as it pressed on with attacks on rebel strongholds... Back to the top

In the Army now
Cricinfo, February 12, 2008.

The Appu Army, the latest addition to the existing bunch that includes the Barmy Army (England), Wave the Flag (Australia) and Bharat Army (India), were here to follow their side closely. The pouring rain didn't matter to them... Back to the top

Maldives President Gayoom visits Sri Lanka on state visit
Associated Press, Tue February 12, 2008 09:52 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom arrived Tuesday in Sri Lanka - on a two-day state visit that included talks with top officials and the signing of a series of agreements between the neighboring island nations... Back to the top

Dozens die in Sri Lanka as government targets rebels, February 12 2008. A dozen government soldiers and more than 40 Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed in a series of battles in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said today... Back to the top

Tri-Series: Sri Lanka claims first win of series
Associated Press, Tue February 12, 2008 04:03 EST . - - CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Tillekaratne Dilshan's unbeaten 62 and his rapid fire opening stand with Sanath Jayasuriya helped Sri Lanka - to an eight-wicket win over India in a rain-interrupted limited-overs international here Tuesday... Back to the top

India to help upgrade Sri Lanka education infrastructure
hindu, feb 12. COLOMBO: India and Sri Lanka are to meet in Bangalore before June to chalk out an action plan to upgrade the technical and managerial education sector infrastructure in the island nation to meet a serious shortage of manpower and boost economic growth... Back to the top

India proposes to invest USD 2 bn in Sri Lanka: Ramesh
hindu, feb 11. Colombo (PTI): India is committed to a closer economic cooperation with Sri Lanka, visiting minister Jairam Ramesh said on Monday, while revealing that investments of 2 billion dollars from business houses in his country into the Island Nation are at a discussion stage... Back to the top

For Sri Lanka, mega shipping hub status long way off
IANS, feb 12. Colombo Port has been a major trans-shipment hub in the Indian Ocean region for a long time... Back to the top

A former Tamil militant, now a sustainability guru
IANS, feb 12. New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) One of the oldest associates of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is visiting India after two long decades in a new avatar - sustainability guru... Back to the top

Roadside bomb blast kills 2 policemen in northern Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Mon February 11, 2008 00:54 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected rebels detonated a roadside bomb in northern Sri Lanka - early Monday, killing two police officers, while a series of battles elsewhere in the region killed 27 Tamil separatists, the military said... Back to the top

Lanka leader wants India to help defeat LTTE
IE, feb 11. A leading Tamil leader of Sri Lanka has urged India to intervene and help the island nation to defeat LTTE chief V Prabhakaran "who will never agree" for any solution to the ethnic problem... Back to the top

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