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JULY 6, 2010 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 11, NO. 91

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Sri Lanka: UN speaks out against protests trapping staff inside Colombo office
UN , July 7. 6 July 2010 – The United Nations has registered its strong objections to protests organized outside its offices in Colombo today by a Sri Lankan cabinet minister that prevented the world body’s staff and visitors from entering or leaving the premises. “While respecting the right of citizens to demonstrate peacefully, preventing access to UN offices hinders the vital work being carried out by the United Nations each day to help the people of Sri Lanka,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York. More...
Published: Tue Jul 6 21:39:09 EDT 2010

US backs UN in Sri Lanka war crimes dispute
afp, July 7. WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday stood behind UN chief Ban Ki-moon and his advisory panel on war crimes allegations in Sri Lanka, where protesters including a cabinet minister surrounded the UN office. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that the United States supported "people's right to free expression" but also sought a "robust accountability process" to help the island reconcile after decades of war. "To that end, we welcome UN Secretary (General) Ban's announcement of a panel of experts to provide advice on relevant best practices for investigations into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law," Toner said. More...
Published: Tue Jul 6 21:37:19 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankans protest over UN panel
National, July 7. COLOMBO // Hundreds of supporters of a nationalist group led by a firebrand government minister marched to the United Nations headquarters in Colombo yesterday protesting at the appointment of a UN panel to review Sri Lanka’s human rights record. Soldiers and police stood guard as some 500 supporters led by the housing minister, Wimal Weerawansa, a member of the National Freedom Front, shouted slogans and demanded that the UN panel be dismantled. An effigy of the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, was also set on fire. More...
Published: Tue Jul 6 22:23:33 EDT 2010 Back to the top

I did not condemn annihilation of LTTE in war, says Jayalalithaa
Hindu, july 7. CHENNAI: AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on Tuesday clarified her stand on the LTTE, saying that she did not condemn the annihilation of the LTTE in war... Back to the top

Michael Clarke leads tributes as Muttiah Muralitharan announces Test retirement
The Australian, july 7. AUSTRALIA'S Michael Clarke paid tribute to Muttiah Muralitharan after the prolific bowler announced his intention to quit Test cricket... Back to the top

Sri Lanka police abort attempt to free UN workers
AP, July 6. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Hundreds of protesters, led by a government minister, laid siege to the U... Back to the top

Protesters Demand End to UN Probe into Sri Lankan War Crimes
VOA, July 6. Protesters in Sri Lanka led by a Cabinet minister have surrounded the United Nations office to demand the world body end a probe into allegations of human rights abuses during the country's civil war... Back to the top

Police escort UN staff out amid protest of war crimes panel - Update
ET, July 6. Colombo - UN staff members were evacuated under police escort from their offices in Colombo Tuesday as government supporters outside protested a UN decision to investigate alleged war crimes committed against the Tamil ethnic minority... Back to the top

Four fishermen injured in 'attack' by Sri Lankan naval personnel
PTI, July 6. Rameswaram: Four fishermen from Tamil Nadu were injured when they were attacked allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel while fishing off Katchathivu island last night... Back to the top

Muralitharan announces international retirement
TOI, July 6. NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka's legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, the highest wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs, will retire from international cricket after the first Test against India in Galle starting July 18... Back to the top

Protesters Demand End to UN Probe into Sri Lankan War Crimes
VOA, July 6. Protesters in Sri Lanka led by a Cabinet minister have surrounded the United Nations office to demand the world body end a probe into allegations of human rights abuses during the country's civil war... Back to the top

EU to withdraw Sri Lanka trade concessions deal
bbc, july 5. The European Union has decided to withdraw Sri Lanka's preferential trade access to EU markets after it failed to improve its human rights record... Back to the top

Fonseka lodges fraud case against Rajapaksa
IANS, July 5. COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan court Monday opened a hearing on charges of fraud against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa by a former army commander who ran against him in the last election... Back to the top

Presidential Suite for Salman Khan
FV, july 5. Salman Khan was moved to a snazzier suite whilst shooting in Colombo, Sri Lanka for the foremost schedule of Anees Bazmee's ‘Ready’... Back to the top

UK: Next denies Sri Lankan sourcing exit
JustStyle, july 5. UK fashion retailer Next has denied reports that it will no longer source from Sri Lanka due to the country's threatened Generalised System of Preferences (GSP+) trade status... Back to the top

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