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MAY 28, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 53


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Two rebel boats destroyed in S.Lanka, 5 dead-military, may 29. COLOMBO, May 29 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military sank two Tamil Tiger boats killing at least five rebels before dawn on Thursday, and rebel artillery fire killed four civilians, the military said.

The sea operation took place off the northern tip of Jaffna and came amid daily land, sea and air attacks in a new chapter of 25-year old civil war.

"The LTTE using about five dinghy boats tried to approach a small island off Jaffna peninsula. A combined army-navy operation destroyed and sank two dinghies and another was partly damaged and capsized," said navy spokesman Commander D.K.P Dassanayake. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed May 28 22:09:57 EDT 2008

Police: Journalist stabbed to death in restive northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed May 28, 2008 13:34 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan television journalist was stabbed to death Wednesday in the country's restive north, police and a media rights group said. Nine reporters and media workers have been killed in Sri Lanka - since fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels escalated in 2006, he said. Three others have been abducted by unidentified men and their whereabouts are still not known.

Many journalists living and working in Jaffna have given up their jobs, fearing for their lives, Deshapriya said.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to carve out an independent homeland for Sri Lanka - 's ethnic minority Tamils who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.Discuss this story
Published: Wed May 28 14:26:20 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Tamil leader frustrated with fundraising
national post, may 28. TORONTO - Federal officials released more documents yesterday that were seized during a massive RCMP investigation into Tamil Tigers fundraising in Canada, including a guerrilla leader's request for "a huge sum" of money.

The police files, unsealed by the Federal Court, are the latest evidence that Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers rebels have been bankrolling their civil war with money raised by supporters in Canada. But the newly disclosed documents also suggest the Tamil Tigers may not be getting as much from Canada as they would like: In one communique, a senior rebel boss complained that Canadians were not doing enough to support the fight.

Colonel Soosai, who commands the rebel navy wing known as the Sea Tigers, told three Canadian Tamil activists he was frustrated about the "insufficient activities of the branches in Canada and England," More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 27 20:55:47 EDT 2008 Back to the top

AI, May 28. In January, the military took control of Vakarai in the east after weeks of heavy fighting... Back to the top

How the Tamil Tigers ask for cash, May 27, 2008. Post reporter Stewart Bell has been following the story of the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group in Sri Lanka considered by the Canadian government as a terrorist group, fundraises in Canada... Back to the top

Sex, Haitian Children And Peacekeepers
CARIBWORLDNEWS.COM, May 28, 2008. CaribWorldNews, LONDON, England, Weds. May 28, 2008: `There is a girl who sleeps in the street, and there were a group of people in the streets who decided to make money off of her... Back to the top

Military says fighting in northern Sri Lanka kills 16 Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Wed May 28, 2008 05:44 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fighting between government soldiers and Tamil separatists along the northern front lines of Sri Lanka - 's civil war killed 16 rebels, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan police arrest 33 people over train blast, 2008-05-27 22:18:58. COLOMBO, May 27 (Xinhua) -- The police in Sri Lanka said Tuesday 33 people have been held on suspicion over the bomb blast which killed nine people and injured 86 more on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president vows to crush Tamil rebels after deadly train blast
Associated Press, Tue May 27, 2008 04:47 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president vowed Tuesday to crush Tamil Tiger rebels after a rush-hour train bombing blamed on the insurgents killed eight passengers and wounded 70 others... Back to the top

Muslims in Sri Lanka’s east protest abductions|By Ameen Izzadeen, 27 May 2008. COLOMBO — Tension prevailed for the third day in Sri Lanka’s east after four Muslims were abducted allegedly by members of the paramilitary-cum-political group Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) or the Tamil People’s Liberation Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Airstrike destroys rebel explosive stash, kills bomb expert
Associated Press, Tue May 27, 2008 03:50 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force helicopters bombed and destroyed a Tamil Tiger rebel explosives storage depot in Sri Lanka - 's restive north and killed a guerrilla bomb-making expert, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

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