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MAY 26, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 50


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U.S. State Dept lifts travel warning on Sri Lanka
rreuters, may 27. WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday it had canceled a travel warning for Sri Lanka, in a boost for the Indian Ocean island state that ended a long war last year and hopes to draw more tourists. The end of the travel warning comes just over a year after Sri Lanka declared victory over the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) following 27 years of civil war. More...
Published: Wed May 26 22:03:05 EDT 2010

S.Lanka urges US business focus, not just rights
afp, may 26. WASHINGTON Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris has urged Washington to seize business and other opportunities in post-war Sri Lanka rather than focus only on alleged human rights abuses there. Visiting Washington after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse won a resounding re-election victory in January, Peiris parried criticism from human rights activists and others as he began a weeklong visit to push for closer ties. More...
Published: Tue May 25 22:30:06 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Amnesty backs world court, slams global injustice
afp, may 27. LONDON Amnesty called Thursday for the US, China and Russia to sign up to the International Criminal Court, in a hard-hitting report alleging powerful governments have blocked advances in global justice. The trio and four of their fellow G20 nations -- India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- must drop their opposition to the ICC, Amnesty said, as it unveiled its annual snapshot of global human rights. More...
Published: Wed May 26 22:04:48 EDT 2010 Back to the top

amil Tiger child rebels go home
bbc, may 27. All former Tamil Tiger rebels underage when the war ended last year have been returned to their families and communities, Sri Lankan officials say... Back to the top

Thousands of vehicles unclaimed in North Lanka
ens, may 27. OLOMBO: The land opposite the public playground in Kilinochchi, the former capital of the LTTE in north Sri Lanka, is now a dumping ground for over 17,000 civilian vehicles which government troops had recovered from the war zone last year... Back to the top

Fast-disappearing treasuries the pick in Sri Lanka
rreuters, may 27. COLOMBO (Reuters) - When Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war ended last year, investors surged to its share market and sent the index rocketing up 125 percent and making it the top pick in global frontier investments... Back to the top

Gold seized from Lankan at airport
toi, may 27. CHENNAI: Customs officials on Wednesday seized eight gold bars of 800 grams each worth Rs 14.83 lakh from a Sri Lankan national who arrived from Colombo... Back to the top

Rights group wants UN panel on Sri Lanka
ap, may 26. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A human rights group has asked the United Nations not to abandon seeking accountability for alleged abuses in Sri Lanka's civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka steps up pressure against foreign war panel
bbc, may 26. Sri Lanka's government has stepped up diplomatic pressure against UN attempts to investigate its conduct in the against Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shuts rehab camp for rebel child soldiers
afp, may 26. COLOMBO, May 25 (AFP) - Sri Lanka on Tuesday closed a camp holding former Tamil Tiger child soldiers, but 52 of the youths will stay in government care to complete their education, an official said... Back to the top

Protests in Sri Lanka over proposed trade pact with India
afp, may 26. COLOMBO (AFP) Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in the capital Colombo Tuesday demanding Sri Lanka's government abandon a proposed trade pact with neighbouring India... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposes international investigations into civil war
ep, may 26. Colombo Sri Lanka opposes any international efforts to investigate its conduct in the civil war that ended last year, thegovernment said Tuesday... Back to the top

Worcestershire snap up Sri Lanka's big hitter Sanath Jayasuriya for Friends Provident Twenty20 campaign
mailonline, may 26. Worcestershire have signed veteran Sri Lanka batsman and left-arm spinner Sanath Jayasuriya for part of the forthcoming Friends Provident Twenty20 campaign... Back to the top

South Africa to assist widowed women in North Lanka
pti, may 26. Colombo, May 25 (PTI) The South African government will assist Sri Lanka to uplift the living standards of women widowed during the three-decade-long war between security forces and the LTTE in the Northern Province and help in their children's education... Back to the top

Lanka lauds India's 'brilliant' economic decisions
rediff, may 26. Hailing India'ssuccessful economic policies, Sri Lankan finance minister has said Colombo should take a cue from its neigbour to accelerate growth... Back to the top

LTTE pose threat to Indian VVIPs: India, may 25. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) might be militarily decimated in Sri Lanka but big neighbour India is not taking any chance... Back to the top

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