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AUGUST 25, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 142


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At least 74 killed in Sri Lanka fighting
Reuters, August 25. COLOMBO, Aug 25 (Reuters) - At least 74 people were killed during a Sri Lankan military push to take the symbolic capital of the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, the military said on Monday.

Troops killed 67 rebels from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and wounded 70 over three days of combat from Friday on several fronts surrounding the separatists' northern strongholds, the military said.

Seven soldiers died and 54 were wounded in the same combat, part of an eight-month assault by the government with the aim of crushing the rebels to finally end a 25-year-old civil war that has killed 70,000 people. More
Published: Mon Aug 25 10:04:30 EDT 2008

Civilians flee into rebel areas as Sri Lanka government advances
Associated Press, Mon August 25, 2008 05:46 EDT . - -

Colombo (dpa) - Fighting between Sri Lankan government forces and members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) movement is causing a humanitarian crisis as civilians flee from their homes into rebel-held territory in the north of the country, local officials said on Monday.

Clashes to the south of the town of Kilinochchi, 320 kilometres north of the capital Colombo, have intensified in recent weeks as government forces continue a push to win back territory held by Tamil rebels.

Kilinochchi, which is currently held by the LTTE, has seen an influx of civilians seeking refuge from the fighting. The government estimates that 175,000 displaced people are currently in the city.

Chief government administrative officer for Kilincohchi, A Vedhanayagam, told local press that he was facing problems in providing additional food supplies for the newly displaced people. The number of refugees has increased by 50,000 in the past four weeks.

``The World Food Programme was issuing rice, flour, dhal, sugar and oil, but now that the number of displaced has risen we are only distributing rice as the stocks supplied to us are insufficient,'' Vedhanayagam was quoted as saying in Colombo's The Sunday Times newspaper.

``We are expecting more supplies within the coming weeks, but we are not sure when exactly the food convoys would come,'' he said.

Government troops faced heavy resistance on Sunday from the rebels as fighting continued in the southern part of Kilinochchi, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.

With anticipation that troops would step up operations aimed at capturing Kilinochchi town more civilians have started leaving their homes and heading further north.

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said that troops were now 12 kilometres south of Kilinochchi town after weeks of fierce fighting with the rebels, who have been using the town as their administrative hub.

On Sunday the government won a crucial provincial election held in two of the country's nine provinces, which they called an ``endorsement'' to carry on with the military offensive aimed at recapturing the rebel held areas.

Since January 2008 the Sri Lankan government has stepped up its efforts to militarily defeat the Tamil rebel forces, which have waged a secessionist campaign in the north and east of the country since the 1970s. dpa ad jbl dsDiscuss this story
Published: Mon Aug 25 06:54:30 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka journalist denied bail, 25 August 2008 . A Sri Lankan journalist, accused under the country's Prevention of Terrorism Act, has been remanded in custody. JS Tissainayagam was held for five months before he was charged with bringing the government into disrepute and stirring up communal disharmony. Campaigners say Sri Lanka is fast becoming one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists. More...
Published: Mon Aug 25 10:08:14 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: New fighting kills 12 rebels
Associated Press, Mon August 25, 2008 02:42 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Soldiers killed 12 Tamil separatists in fighting along the front lines dividing government territory from the rebels de facto state in northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's ruling party wins provincial polls
Associated Press, Sun August 24, 2008 05:32 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's ruling party won control of two provincial assemblies Sunday in elections regarded by the government as a referendum on its military offensive against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

1ST LEAD: Ruling party wins handily in Sri Lanka provincial poll
Associated Press, Sun August 24, 2008 01:01 EDT . - - Polls were held in two of nine provinces where the government said it was seeking an endorsement for the ongoing military operations against Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka battles kill 30 rebels, 3 soldiers
Associated Press, Sun August 24, 2008 02:02 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government troops attacked Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka - 's war-ravaged north, triggering battles that killed 30 rebels and three soldiers, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

India wins 3rd one-dayer against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun August 24, 2008 13:54 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Captain Mahendra Dhoni's crucial 76 runs coupled with sharp seam bowling helped India beat Sri Lanka - by 33 runs Sunday in the third one-day international to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series... Back to the top

Ruling party winning Sri Lanka polls, August 24, 2008 - 11:39AM. The ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is heading for a comfortable victory in crucial provincial elections in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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