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US urges Sri Lanka to act on rights abuses
reuters.com, Sun Aug 3, 2008 9:40am ED. COLOMBO, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka must act to prevent human rights abuses including abductions, the intimidation of media personnel and the recruitment of child soldiers as it fights a 25-year civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher said on Sunday.

"We have been concerned about the continuing reports of abductions, disappearances, the detention of some people and reports of intimidation against the media," Boucher said.

"All these things need to be stopped. The government needs to take action against the perpetrators," he said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 3 13:09:53 EDT 2008


South Asian summit considers terrorism pact
Associated Press, Sat August 2, 2008 21:19 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Heads of government from eight south Asian countries resume a summit in Sri Lanka on Sunday, aiming to foster regional cooperation in combatting terrorism and food security.

However, accusations that elements of Pakistan's intelligence service helped a militant group bomb India's embassy in Afghanistan cast a cloud over the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation conference.

``Terrorism and its sanctuaries are gaining a greater grip in Pakistan,'' Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a speech at the start of the two-day summit. He said terrorists in Pakistan were getting ``institutionalized nurturing and support.''

He said Afghanistan was the worst victim of international terrorism.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the recent attack on his country's embassy in Kabul and a string of bombings in Indian cities ``are gruesome reminders of the barbarity that still finds a place in South Asia.''

``It remains the single biggest threat to our stability,'' he said.

The summit, which concludes Sunday, is expected to approve an agreement on tackling terrorism, including freezing funds used for attacks, as well as the creation of a regional development fund and a food bank to cope with shortages triggered by rising prices.

The summit is being attended by leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka _ representing one-fifth of the world's population.

SAARC was set up in 1985 to promote economic cooperation, but progress in most areas has been slow, mainly because of the rivalry between India and Pakistan, and it has often been derided as little more than a talking shop.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 3 01:11:10 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka troops in Tiger capital
aljazeera.net, Sunday August 03, 2008, 4:00EDT. Sri Lankan government troops have entered the de facto capital of the Tamil Tiger separatists for the first time in 11 years, the military said.

The military offensive in the north of the country continued on Sunday as leaders of eight South Asian countries met in the capital Colombo to discuss angreement on tackling terrorism.

The defence ministry said on Saturday that at least 20 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters had been killed in fierce fighting in the district of Kilinochchi.

"Troops crossed the district borders between More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 3 03:59:25 EDT 2008 Back to the top


India squares test series against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun August 3, 2008 09:13 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Offspinner Harbhajan Singh bagged a 10-wicket match haul Sunday as India claimed the last five Sri Lanka - wickets for just six runs to win the second test and square the series... Back to the top

20 killed as Sri Lanka battles on during summit
Associated Press, Sun August 3, 2008 10:03 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's navy raided a Tamil Tiger rebel camp on a tiny island off the embattled northern coast, destroying one boat and killing four insurgents, while infantry clashes elsewhere in the north killed 14 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

Mendis lays claim to being the new Murali
Associated Press, Sun August 3, 2008 06:30 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) In cricket, timing is vital, and just as the career of spin great Muttiah Muralitharan moves toward its ebb, Sri Lanka - appears to have unearthed his successor... Back to the top

16 killed in Sri Lanka battles as summit continues
Associated Press, Sun August 3, 2008 02:21 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fresh fighting between Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger separatists killed 14 rebels and two soldiers across the embattled northern region, the military said Sunday as South Asian leaders gathered in the capital... Back to the top

LTTE’s last bastion in Mannar captured
hindu.com, Sunday August 03, 2008, 03:57 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military on Saturday claimed to have captured Vellankulam town, the LTTE’ last stronghold in Mannar district in the north... Back to the top

S. Asian summit begins in Sri Lanka amid tight security+
Associated Press, Sat August 2, 2008 00:04 EDT . COLOMBO, Aug. 2 (Kyodo) _ Leaders of eight South Asian countries together representing 1.5 billion people kicked off their 15th summit meeting Saturday amid tight security involving 20,000 armed police and troops within the Sri Lankan capital. A meeting of the foreign ministers of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan and the Maldives preceded the summit of the heads of state or government of countries grouped into the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation that opened at Colombo's convention center spruced up for the occasion... Back to the top

India has to act in Sri Lanka, pro-LTTE group tells PM
indiatimes.com, August 2, 2008, 04:35 EDT. COLOMBO: A Tamil political party sympathetic to the Tamil Tigers has told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that India has to play a role in ending the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops enter rebel capital's district
Associated Press, Sat August 2, 2008 07:49 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan government troops have entered the district housing the Tamil Tiger rebels' de facto capital for the first time in 11 years, the military said Saturday as a regional summit opened in the capital... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president focuses on terrorism at South Asian summit+
Associated Press, Sat August 2, 2008 04:41 EDT . - - Sri Lanka - has been wracked by civil war costing over 70,000 lives in over three decades of fighting between government forces and minority Tamil rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, but Rajapaksa and his government insists that the conflict is not an ethnic problem but a terrorist problem... Back to the top

Heavy fighting kills 52 in Sri Lanka ahead of South Asian summit
AFP, Sat., August 02, 2008, 04:41. COLOMBO (AFP) — Heavy fighting broke out in northern Sri Lanka on the eve of a South Asian summit in the capital, leaving at least 14 government soldiers and 38 rebels killed, a military official said Saturday... Back to the top

India strengthen position against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat August 2, 2008 05:55 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir continued their impressive form Saturday with half-centuries that pushed India into a strong position against Sri Lanka - on day three of the second test... Back to the top

Heavy fighting erupts in Sri Lanka ahead of South Asian summit
hindustantimes.com, 2/8/2008. Heavy fighting broke out in northern Sri Lanka on the eve of a South Asian summit in the capital, leaving at least 11 government soldiers and seven rebels killed, a military official said on Saturday... Back to the top

Battles kill 35 rebels, 14 soldiers in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat August 2, 2008 02:45 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fierce fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels across Sri Lanka - 's embattled northern region killed 35 rebels and 14 soldiers, the military said Saturday as a top regional summit kicked off in the capital... Back to the top

Indians admit fishing in Sri Lanka’s troubled waters
3, august 2. NEW DELHI: Indian fishermen under attack from Sri Lanka’s navy admit they frequently fish in the island nation’s waters, but argue that they have no other choice and that cross-country fishing needs to be quickly regularised... Back to the top

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