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MAY 17, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 42


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Military: Sri Lanka air force bombs rebel air strip; 16 killed in clashes
Associated Press, Sat May 17, 2008 03:43 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets bombed an air strip used by Tamil Tiger rebels, while 16 insurgents were killed in ground clashes in the north, the military said Saturday. President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the rebel group has ``demonstrated to the world its total commitment to violence and terror to achieve its separatist goals in Sri Lanka, and its absolute contempt for democracy and human rights.''

The rebels, blamed for more than 240 suicide attacks, have been listed as a terror organization by the United States and European Union.Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 17 10:11:50 EDT 2008

Significant gains made: Sri Lanka, May 18, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military on Saturday claimed that its forces “engaged in counter-terrorist offensives to liberate Wanni” and reached the Palampiddi junction in Vavuniya district. In recent days, the military has claimed to have made substantial advance in LTTE-held areas in Mannar and Vavuniya districts. In April, the military moved into areas in the vicinity of Madu church in Mannar district.

A Defence ministry statement claimed that that troops reached to Palampiddi junction without much resistance as the LTTE cadres had fled. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 17 23:48:17 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says it captured key northern town from Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Sat May 17, 2008 09:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military says it has captured a strategic town from Tamil Tiger rebels in the island's restive north.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara says soldiers have taken control of Palampiddi town in Vavuniya district.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan was not immediately available for comment.Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 17 10:54:53 EDT 2008 Back to the top

A scientific approach to religion
nst, may 17. Reverend Punnaji started meditating when he was five years old, wanted to become a monk when he was seven, and knew he would become one when he was 17... Back to the top

Suicide attacker targets police bus in Sri Lankan capital; 10 killed, 85 wounded
Associated Press, Fri May 16, 2008 06:53 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed into a bus carrying riot police in Sri Lanka - 's capital Friday, killing 10 people, including eight policemen, and wounding 85 others... Back to the top

CM appointment illegal - Hisbullah
BBC, 16 may. The leading Muslim councillor of the ruling alliance says the appointment of the leading Tamil candidate as the Chief Minister (CM) in the east was illegal... Back to the top

Sri Lanka recalls Jayasuriya, Muralitharan for Asia Cup
Associated Press, Fri May 16, 2008 10:58 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka has recalled star players Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan to its 15-member cricket squad named for next month's Asia Cup tournament in Pakistan... Back to the top

Anti-government website hacked
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, May 16, 2008, 6.03 p.m.. A Colombo based news website maintained by a dissident parliamentarian has been hacked... Back to the top

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