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APRIL 10, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 5


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Sri Lanka: Troops kill 11 Tamil Tiger rebels in latest gun battles, 9 april. SomaliNet) In the latest crackdown by Sri Lankan army on the Tamil Tiger rebels, the troops killed 11 of the rebel separatists in several gun battles across the volatile northern region and police seized a large cache of explosives, authorities said on Wednesday.

The killing comes amid Sri Lankan government promises to capture the rebels' de facto state in the north and crush the group by the end of the year. But diplomats and other observers say the army is facing more resistance than it had expected.

The fighting on Tuesday was along the front lines that separate government-controlled territory and rebel territory in the north, Sri Lankan Defence Ministry official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media. More...
Published: Thu Apr 10 04:15:58 EDT 2008

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Military says new battles kill 7 Tamil rebels, 1 soldier in northern Sri Lanka  - Associated Press

Attack on arms sale to Sri Lanka
bbc, april 11. An arms trade monitoring group has criticised the sale of 10,000 military missiles by Slovakia to Sri Lanka.

The missiles are designed to be dispatched from multiple rocket launchers.

There are concerns that the sale could constitute a violation of the spirit of the European Union Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.

The three-metre missiles are due to be shipped to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Thursday.

Sri Lanka has been engaged in civil war for 25 years, and Saferworld is concerned that the weapons could be used against civilians. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 10 21:57:31 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Girl From Sri Lanka Gets Chance For New Life
bbc, april 11. BOSTON -- A girl from Sri Lanka has a chance for a new life -- thanks to well wishers from Massachusetts.

NewsCenter 5's Pam Cross reported Thursday that the child was burned on more than 50 percent of her body. A few days ago, Hasanthi, 4, arrived in the United States for treatment at Shriners Hospital in Boston.Known as Hasi, she's seen a lot of pain. Her American sponsor met Hasi in an orphanage in Sri Lanka.

Her father set her mother on fire while she was holding Hasi. The mother died. The child survived, but half her body was burned. They did all they could in Sri Lanka.

"The doctors done their best to her at that age. So, when I heard she get this opportunity, I feel so happy," said Ruveni Balasooriya. More... [Listen] Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 10 21:51:15 EDT 2008 Back to the top

S Lanka says 93 troops killed in March, April 10, 2008. COLOMBO: At least 93 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed and another 686 injured during clashes with Tamil Tiger rebels last month, the prime minister told parliament Wednesday... Back to the top

16 cans of highly inflamable chemical solution seized
col, April 10, 2008. Madurai, April 09 Tamil Nadu State Intelligence sleuths have seized 16 cans of highly inflammable chemical solution, suspected to be used for manufacturing powerful explosives, meant for smuggling to Sri Lanka, in an operation here today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka torture case lesson for Thailand
UPI ASIA Online, April 10, 2008 - 03:53 EDT. HONG KONG, China, A court in Sri Lanka has given a shocking verdict in a case of police torture... Back to the top

Jayasuriya excited about playing with Tendulkar
hindu, April 10, 2008. MUMBAI: Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar make for a potent batting combination in any form of cricket... Back to the top

Questions still haunt Sri Lanka aid massacre, 09 Apr 2008 . I remember the stench from the bloated corpses of the 17 dead Sri Lankan aid workers in the hospital and the cries of their families outside as I wondered if I had shaken the hands of their killers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka police arrest four suspects with explosives, 2007-04-09. Sri Lanka's police arrested four people and seized a large quantity of explosives that could have been used in a suicide bombing, officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka grieves after killings, April 09, 2008. Much of Sri Lanka is in mourning after a weekend terrorist attack that killed Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, minister of highways and road development, as well as former Olympic marathon runner K... Back to the top

Prabhakaran regular visitor to LTTE training camps: ex-Tigers, Wednesday, April 9, 2008. Jaffna (PTI): LTTE supremo Prabhakaran was quite regular in attending the training camps of the Tamil Tigers and used to personally supervise their programmes, a surrendered activists of the banned organisation has said... Back to the top

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