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Sri Lanka to report on child soldiers
upi, February 19. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A report from the Sri Lanka government on the recruitment of child soldiers in the country is expected to be presented to the United Nations.

Government officials announced plans to present the report on forced military indoctrination of children at the U.N. Security Council meeting on Thursday. The U.N. recently singled out the terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam operating in Sri Lanka as among the top human-rights violators in the world, Sri Lanka's Daily News reported. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 18 23:29:29 EST 2008


LTTE urged to be sympathetic to animals
hindu.com, 19 feb. Colombo (PTI): An animal rights group has urged LTTE supremo Prabhakaran to spare animals during armed attacks, following a grenade explosion at a zoo near here. Suspected LTTE militants had set-off a grenade near a birds' enclosure at Dehiwala zoo on February 3 in which seven people, including two children, were injured. "In addition to injuring several human beings - which was no doubt its intent - the explosive device that was set off near the zoo's birds enclosure terrified many animals in the zoo," said Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in a letter to the Tamil Tiger leader. Newkirk said animals had become the victims in the cross-fire of wars all over the world leading to deaths of many of them intentionally or accidently. More...
Published: Tue Feb 19 07:45:14 EST 2008 Back to the top

U.N. chief asks his deputy to visit Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue February 19, 2008 14:38 EST . - - NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (Kyodo) U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Tuesday asked Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Angela Kane to visit Sri Lanka for a week from Wednesday primarily to review the work of the U.N. Country Team in the South Asian nation in all key areas, his spokesperson said in a statement.

''The visit is part of her regular consultations in the areas of her responsibility,'' the statement said.
Published: Tue Feb 19 16:09:46 EST 2008 Back to the top


Three arrested for threatening candidates in E Sri Lanka
xinhuanet.com, Feb 19, 2008. COLOMBO, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- At least three people have been arrested for issuing threats to candidates ahead of local elections in eastern Sri Lanka, police said Tuesday.

A police spokesman in the Batticaloa district told Xinhua by phone that three people, all Muslims from the Kathankudy area were arrested alongside printed material which had been used to issue death threats on candidates... Back to the top


Sri Lanka says 12 killed in battle for bunkers
google.com, 19 feb. COLOMBO (AFP) — At least 10 Tamil Tiger rebels and two government soldiers have been killed in intense fighting for the control of a bunker line in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said Tuesday... Back to the top

Three arrested for threatening candidates in E Sri Lanka
xinhuanet.com, 2008-02-19 21:42:54 . COLOMBO, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- At least three people have been arrested for issuing threats to candidates ahead of local elections in eastern Sri Lanka, police said Tuesday. A police spokesman in the Batticaloa district told Xinhua by phone that three people, all Muslims from the Kathankudy area were arrested alongside printed material which had been used to issue death threats on candidates... Back to the top

Tri-Series: Dhoni hits winning runs for India with 5 balls to spare
Associated Press, Tue February 19, 2008 07:37 EST . - - ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Mahendra Singh Dhoni posted the winning runs and his half century with the same shot, leading India to a two-wicket win over Sri Lanka with five balls to spare in Tuesday's tri-series limited-overs international... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Will Likely Keep Key Rate at 10.5% to Cool Inflation
bloomberg.com, February 19. eb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's central bank will probably keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a 5 1/2- year high in a bid to tame inflation without jeopardizing economic growth. Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Nivard Cabraal will hold the repurchase rate at 10.5 percent for a 12th straight meeting, according to all 12 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News... Back to the top

A contradiction in world politics: Colombo
hindu, February 18. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Monday denounced the unilateral declaration of Independence by Kosovo as a violation of the Charter of the United Nations and said it did not endorse the move... Back to the top

The Big Question: Why are so many countries opposed to Kosovo gaining its independence?
independent.uk, February 18. Because Kosovo this week declared itself to be Europe's newest country... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Soldiers capture a rebel bunker line as fighting kills 11
Associated Press, Mon February 18, 2008 09:25 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers captured a line of strategic rebel bunkers after a battle Monday that killed 10 rebels and one soldier, the military said... Back to the top

What Lanka has to gain from the US presidential election - Opinion
khaleej Times, February 19. AS HILLARY Clinton and Barack Obama take not only the Americans but also the rest of the world interested in US politics on a nail-biting minute-by-minute drama at every Democratic Party primary or caucus, the campaign assumes significance for different reasons in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 56 killed in fighting in north
reuters.com, 18 feb. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops killed more than 50 Tamil Tiger rebels in weekend battles in the island's north in which two soldiers were also killed, the military said on Monday... Back to the top

Animal rights group asks Sri Lanka rebels to leave animals out of war after zoo attack
Associated Press, Mon February 18, 2008 09:03 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An international group urged Sri Lanka - 's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels to leave animals out of the country's civil war after the guerrillas were blamed for a grenade attack at a zoo... Back to the top

Animal rights group asks Sri Lankan rebels to leave animals out of conflict after zoo attack
PR-Inside.com, Feb 18, 2008. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - An international animal rights group called on Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tigers to «leave animals out» of the armed conflict, two weeks after a grenade attack blamed on rebels at the island's main zoo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says Kosovo decision a threat to nations
reuters.com, 18 feb. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka, fighting a 25-year insurgency by Tamil separatists, said it was concerned about Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence as it could set a precedent in other parts of the world and hurt nations... Back to the top

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