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Church blast kills Sri Lanka officers, 28 december. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Five members of the Sri Lanka's Civil Defense Force (CDF) were killed in a suicide blast in Sri Lanka at a church outside the capital of Colombo Sunday morning, police said.Eight other CDF officers and two civilians were wounded, police said.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, but police suspect the bomber was a member of the Tamil Tiger rebels.

There was no immediate response from the Tamil Tiger rebels to the incident, which, police said, occurred at St. Anne's Church in the Colombo suburb of Wattala, located on a roadway to the country's only international airport about 15 kilometers (9 miles) north of the capital. More...

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Published: Sun Dec 28 10:02:06 EST 2008

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Sri Lanka Navy sinks rebel logistics boat, 2008-12-28 10:20:25 . COLOMBO, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan Navy has destroyed a Tamil Tiger supply boat off the northern coast, defense officials said Sunday.

"We spotted a supply boat for the LTTE 12 nautical miles east off Point Pedro around 2 this morning (1850 GMT)", Navy spokesman Commander DKP Dassanayake said. At least 4 LTTErs were believed to have been killed, he added.

He said the Navy's fast attack craft had then engaged the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) boat, completely destroying it.

Point Pedro in the northern Jaffna peninsula locates a port a key supply point for some 35,000 government troops stationed in the peninsula.

Jaffna peninsula has been under government control since 1995. More...
Published: Sun Dec 28 00:53:01 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka says jets bomb rebel leader s known hideouts, 27 Dec 2008. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan jets bombed hideouts of the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday as heavy fighting continued around the self-proclaimed rebel capital.

Air raids on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakara's known hideouts in the far north of the island nation came as fighting around the town of Kilinochchi intensified, an air force official said.

Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said the "targets were taken accurately" but gave no details of casualties or damage.

The LTTE had no immediate comment Sri Lanka' military has been closing in on Kilinochchi since More...

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Published: Sat Dec 27 05:17:22 EST 2008 Back to the top

Karunanidhi asks Centre to depute Pranab to Sri Lanka, 27 Dec 2008. Chennai (PTI): Upping the ante on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday made a "tearful appeal" to the Centre to immediately depute External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to Colombo to make efforts to ensure a ceasefire there... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Army seizes rebel-held town
Associated Press, Sat December 27, 2008 07:44 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers seized a town in a Tamil rebel stronghold after a 36-hour battle while air force jets bombed a hideout believed to have been visited by the Tamil Tigers' top leader, defense officials said Saturday... Back to the top

Internal, external forces creating political unrest in Sri Lanka ..., 27 decemer. Colombo (IANS): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has alleged that many "internal and external elements" were bent on halting the ongoing military action against the Tamil Tiger rebels and "have already begun to create political unrest" in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka well placed against Bangladesh
Associated Press, Sun December 28, 2008 04:13 EST . - - DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Mahela Jayawardene each made half centuries on Sunday as Sri Lanka - moved toward a winning position on day three of the first test against Bangladesh... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rupee at 14-month low in thin trading, 27 december. COLOMBO, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's rupee was barely changed on Friday, remaining around a 14-month low in thin volumes, dealers said... Back to the top

Resolving Sri Lanka s Conflict, 27 Dec 2008. At a recent meeting of members of Sri Lanka's business community, U... Back to the top

Bangladesh loses top order in run chase
Associated Press, Sat December 27, 2008 04:00 EST . - - DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Sri Lanka - 's experienced bowlers Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan took two wickets each Saturday to reduce Bangladesh to 95-4 in their first innings run chase in the first test... Back to the top

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