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MAY 1, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 26


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Military: 6 troops, 15 rebels killed in Sri Lanka fighting
Associated Press, Thu May 1, 2008 02:47 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil rebels detonated a roadside bomb in government-controlled territory in northern Sri Lanka - on Thursday, killing two police officers and sparking a clash that left two rebels dead, the military said.

Other battles in the north killed 13 rebels and four soldiers, the military said in a statement.

Two officers from the elite police Special Task Force unit were inspecting an area in the northern Anuradhapura district just south of the war zone when Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a buried mine, the military said.

The blast killed the officers and led to a fierce battle that killed two of the rebels, it said.

In other violence, 10 rebels were killed Wednesday in fighting in the Mannar area, while three guerrillas and four soldiers were killed in the Vavuniya and Welioya districts, the military said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan was not immediately available for comment.

Both sides commonly exaggerate their enemy's casualties while underreporting their own. It was not possible to verify the details independently because the war zone is restricted to reporters.

The latest violence came after a sprawling battle with insurgents in Mannar on Wednesday that the military said killed 51 rebels and no troops.

The military said its forces seized a key Tamil Tiger base in that battle, which lasted much of the day and spread to adjoining villages. The troops were backed by fighter jets and artillery and mortar fire, the military said.

A pro-rebel Web site reported seven soldiers were killed in that fighting. It did not mention the base that the military claimed to have seized or any rebel casualties.

Fighting has escalated along the northern front lines since the government withdrew from a long-ignored cease-fire in January.

The rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for minority ethnic Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 1 04:16:16 EDT 2008

Journalist killers get away with murder in 13 countries
Associated Press, Wed April 30, 2008 17:34 EDT . EDITH M. LEDERER - Associated Press Writer - The newly created Impunity Index, released by the committee in advance of World Press Freedom Day on Saturday, includes six countries from South Asia Sri Lanka - , Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.

The countries with the worst records Iraq, Sierra Leone and Somalia have been mired in conflict. But the committee said most countries on the list are not at war and have police agencies. Yet, it said, journalists are regularly targeted for murder and no one is held accountable.

``Every time a journalist is murdered and the killer is allowed to walk free it sends a terrible signal to the press and to others who would harm journalists,'' said Joel Simon, the committee's executive director. ``The governments on this list simply must do more to demonstrate a real commitment to a free press. Lip service won't help save journalists' lives.''

``We are calling for action: thorough investigations and vigorous prosecutions in all journalist homicides,'' he added.Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 30 20:35:37 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Mine kills two police commandos in Sri Lanka: military, 2007-0501. COLOMBO (AFP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday set off a roadside mine in Sri Lanka, killing two police commandos, as violence raged on across the north, the defence ministry said.

The Claymore mine, packed with steel balls, exploded in Kebethigollewa as troops were clearing the road for mines, the military said, adding that troops fired at fleeing guerrillas and shot dead two rebels.

Security forces Thursday launched an attack to capture rebel bunker lines in the northern region of Weli Oya, killing two more guerrillas and wounding 14, a statement said placing government losses at two soldiers dead and two injured.

Troops also shot dead a Tiger rebel in Vavuniya on Thursday, while two soldiers were injured in the clashes, the military said. A similar clash in the same region on Wednesday killed two soldiers, the military said. More...
Published: Thu May 1 08:43:15 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Cricket media manager removed for being 'too good'
IANS, may 2. Colombo, May 1 (IANS) Arjuna Ranatunga, head of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) interim governing body, Thursday removed its media manager allegedly for 'being too good with the media'... Back to the top

War-torn Sri Lanka is the last sick man of the region, # # Friday May 2 2008. Time is running out for the great south Asian boast. By the end of this year, according to a new year prediction by Sri Lanka's army chief, Lieutenant-General Sarath Fonseka, his guerrilla opponents - the Tamil Tigers - would be "extinct"... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says it has seized a key rebel base in volatile north
Associated Press, Wed April 30, 2008 12:50 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan troops overran a key Tamil Tiger rebel base in the island's embattled north Wednesday and fought for hours in surrounding villages, killing at least 51 insurgents, the military said... Back to the top

Fighting kills 73 in Sri Lanka, army takes rebel base, May 1, 2008, 06:36 EDT. COLOMBO, May 1 (Reuters) - A roadside bomb suspected to have been planted by Tamil Tigers killed two police commandos on Thursday while Sri Lankan troops captured a rebel base in the north west killing 40 rebels, the military said... Back to the top

Nalini seeks release from jail
TOI, may 1. NEW DELHI: Nalini Sriharan, serving a life term for her role in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, moved the Madras High Court on Wednesday, seeking release from jail on the basis of having completed 18 years of imprisonment with good conduct, police sources said... Back to the top

Global tourism industry struggles to shrink its environmental footprint
Associated Press, Wed April 30, 2008 03:21 EDT . DENIS D. GRAY - Associated Press Writer - ``It's not a gimmick... Back to the top

23 Tamil rebels, 1 soldier die in new bout of Sri Lankan jungle fighting
Associated Press, Wed April 30, 2008 03:14 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fighting between government forces and Tamil separatists across Sri Lanka - 's embattled north killed 23 rebels and one soldier, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

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