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JUNE 18, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 74


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Police arrest 33 suspected Tamil Tigers in cities across Italy
Associated Press, Wed June 18, 2008 04:28 EDT . ROME (AP) _ Police say they have arrested 33 suspected members of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebel group in pre-dawn raids across Italy.

Police in Naples said Wednesday that the suspects were picked up in cities including Rome, Genoa, Bologna, Naples and Palermo at the end of a two-year investigation. Two more were being sought in Naples.

Police believe the suspects, all Sri Lankan citizens, extorted money from their fellow nationals in the various cities and sent it home to finance the rebel group.

Luigi Bonacura of the Naples police said the operation effectively dismantles the Tamil Tiger network in Italy.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's ethnic minority Tamils. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 18 07:08:06 EDT 2008

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Sri Lanka 's military says 25 rebels and 6 soldiers killed in fighting
Associated Press, Wed June 18, 2008 04:31 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered fighting across Sri Lanka's restive north killed 25 Tamil Tiger rebels and six soldiers, the military said Wednesday.

The latest clashes broke out Tuesday along the Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya fronts, where government troops have been trying for the past months to break into the well-guarded rebel territory, the military said in a statement.

No other details were available.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be immediately reached for comment, and it was not possible to verify the government's claims because reporters are not allowed into the war zone.

Both sides are known to release conflicting details about the same battle, often exaggerating the losses to the other side and underreporting their own.

The government has claimed its soldiers would capture the rebel territory by the end of this year and dismantle the Tigers' de facto administration.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils who have faced marginalization by successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.
Published: Wed Jun 18 11:44:36 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka s eastern election challenged in court, 2008-06-18. COLOMBO, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's Eastern Provincial Council election held on May 10 has been challenged in court for the second time in a row, officials said Tuesday.

The Appeal Court last week decided to take up the hearing of a petition filed by the main opposition United National Party, challenging the legality of the election.

The Appeal Court on Tuesday ordered the newly elected chief minister of the Eastern Province, Sivanesaturai Chandrakanthan and 17 others file answers in court.

The May 10 election in the Eastern Province has been dubbed as seriously flawed by the opposition groups, citing large-scale impersonation, intimidation and ballot stuffing.

The election was held after 20 years in the province, which the government claimed, had been completely cleared of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The Eastern Province came to be merged with the Northern Province in 1987 as part of an Indian brokered solution to end the armed conflict in the island.

However, the two provinces were separated in 2006 by a Supreme Court order, which declared the 1987 merger of the two provinces invalid. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 18 07:04:01 EDT 2008 Back to the top

LTTE men held in Italy for extortion, Jun 19. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Wednesday confirmed that Italian authorities have arrested 30 suspected members of the LTTE on charges of “extortion, intimidation and harassment”... Back to the top

Tigers attack Sri Lanka army post, 2008-06-18. COLOMBO (AFP) — Tamil Tiger rebels opened fire on an army post in northwestern Sri Lanka on Wednesday, killing one soldier and wounding another, military officials said... Back to the top

Malaysia to probe link to Sri Lanka bomb plot: report, 2008-06-18. KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Malaysia will help Sri Lanka track down a suspect believed to be involved in a Tamil Tiger bomb plot in Colombo, a report said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels reject laying down arms for talks
reuters, June 17, 2008. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels have rejected a request to lay down or decommission their weapons before peace talks, saying they can still win the war against government forces... Back to the top

Military: 14 rebels, 1 soldier killed in fighting in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue June 17, 2008 03:33 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Battles across Sri Lanka - 's volatile north killed 14 ethnic Tamil rebels and one government soldier, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Tamils angry to see group on terrorist list
CTV, june 17. TORONTO -- Many in Canada's Tamil community are angry with Ottawa's move to label one of its organizations a terrorist group... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Telecom Eyes IPTV Services
CXO, june 17. Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), a provider of international and domestic voice, Internet, and data services, will use the RollingStream platform to bring IPTV services to its growing customer base throughout Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Serbia shuts down LTTE broadcast
UPI, june 17. BELGRADE, Serbia, June 16 (UPI) -- After nine days of broadcasting, the Serbian government pulled the plug on a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam radio transmission... Back to the top

Taking cue from India, Sri Lanka asks ministers to curtail foreign trips (Lead)
IANS, June 17, 2008. Colombo, June 17 (IANS) Perhaps taking a cue from neighbouring India, Sri Lanka Tuesday asked its ministers to curtail foreign trips and slashed the monthly monetary allocations to all the ministries by 50 percent as part of an austerity drive brought on by rising fuel costs and inflation... Back to the top

Fresh clashes in Sri Lanka; council planned to save civilians, June 17, 2008. Even as Sri Lanka's defence ministry on Tuesday said that 11 Tamil Tigers and two soldiers had been killed in two separate gun battles in the northwestern district of Mannar, a state-run newspaper reported that the president is keen on setting up a security council to protect civilians from terrorism... Back to the top

Massacre aid group quits S.Lanka, wants inquiry, Tue Jun 17, 2008 . LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - An aid agency that lost 17 local tsunami aid workers in a massacre in Sri Lanka two years ago said on Tuesday it had no confidence in the government investigation and had quit the island in protest... Back to the top

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