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Sri Lanka moves to take key highway inside rebel territory: military, Nov 5, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lankan troops leading a heavy offensive against Tamil separatists have secured parts of a key highway running through rebel-held territory, the defence ministry said on Friday.

Security forces cleared a stretch of 21 kilometres (13 miles) of the main A-9 highway in an area that had been in no-man's land after the latest military thrust, defence officials said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Dec 5 09:00:47 EST 2008

Sri Lanka says captures 100 rebel boats, Fri Dec 5. COLOMBO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military said on Friday it had captured more than 100 small boats used by the separatist Tamil Tigers, after soldiers seized a coastal village while marching toward the last big port held by the rebels.

Soldiers captured Alampil on Thursday after heavy fighting on the east coast, where the army's 59th Division is trying to take the port of Mullaitivu controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the military said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Dec 5 09:29:23 EST 2008 Back to the top

EU allocates extra aid for displaced in Sri Lanka , laments killing
Associated Press, Fri December 5, 2008 05:58 EST . - - Brussels (dpa) - The European Commission said Friday it was increasing its aid to Sri Lanka - by 2 million euros (2.5 million dollars) to help more than 300,000 people displaced by floods. ``I am appalled by the assassination of this brave and committed young aid worker in Sri Lanka - ,'' Michel said. ``The perpetrators of such horrendous acts must be brought to justice. There can be no impunity.''

At least 29 aid workers have been killed in Sri Lanka - since 2006, the commission said. dpa nr mga
Published: Fri Dec 5 06:58:33 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka says it seizes rebel villages
Associated Press, Thu December 4, 2008 07:58 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops seized two rebel-held villages in the north Thursday as they continued offensives against the insurgents' two main strongholds, the military said... Back to the top

Gov't-backed Sri Lanka group agrees to free 62 child soldiers: UNICEF+
Associated Press, Thu December 4, 2008 06:28 EST . COLOMBO, Dec. 4 (Kyodo) An ethnic Tamil paramilitary group that supports Sri Lanka - 's government in its fight with the Tamil Tiger rebels has agreed to release 62 more child soldiers, the U.N. Children's Fund or UNICEF said Thursday... Back to the top

First a top hit, now Grammy nod: M.I.A. firmly pop
Associated Press, Thu December 4, 2008 17:25 EST . NEKESA MUMBI MOODY - AP Music Writer - M.I.A., whose music is an eclectic mix of raps, world beats and whirring sonics, first arrived on the scene with ``Arular.'' The CD was as much a political statement as a musical one, as she referenced Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tigers, separatists who have been battling the Sinhalese-controlled governments to create a homeland for ethnic minority Tamils. M... Back to the top

Pranab Mukherjee to visit Sri Lanka
India Today, 4 Dec 2008. External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will soon take a break from hectic negotiations with Pakistan and head towards civil-war-torn Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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