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JULY 7, 2010 EST, USA
 
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UN team in Sri Lanka to resume work on Thursday: spokesperson
Xinhua, july 8. Staff members of the UN Country Team in Sri Lanka will return to their Colombo office starting from Thursday after protestors temporarily blocked access to the UN compound, a UN spokesperson said Wednesday. "The UN Country Team confirms that essential staff will return to normal work starting tomorrow," Farhan Haq told reporters at UN Headquarters. "However, as there are some demonstrators remaining outside the compound, the country team will assess whether all staff will return soon." More...
Published: Wed Jul 7 22:14:41 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka Acquires Emirates' Stake in SriLankan Airlines for $53 Million
bloomberg, July 8. Sri Lanka bought Emirates Airline’s stake in SriLankan Airlines for $53 million, about a third of the price that Dubai-based Emirates valued the stake at two years ago. The government acquired the 44 percent stake through Bank of Ceylon, the island’s biggest state-owned lender, Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera said in the capital Colombo today, without elaboration. The government previously held 51 percent of the flag carrier, with the rest owned by staff. The deal may help Sri Lanka boost tourism following the end of a 26-year civil war and position the island to benefit from rising travel in India, the world’s second-most populous country. Emirates ended a 10-year management agreement with SriLankan in 2008 when it valued its stake at $150 million. More...
Published: Wed Jul 7 22:13:13 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Lanka Tamils should no longer be presumed refugees: UN
afp, july 8. Colombo Sri Lankan Tamils should no longer automatically qualify for refugee status in other lands following a "greatly improved situation" in their country, but their condition does not yet warrant a total "cessation of refugee status", United Nations refugee agency has said. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in its new report that Sri Lankans originating from the north of the country are no longer in need of international protection under broader refugee criteria or complementary forms of protection solely on the basis of risk of indiscriminate harm. More...
Published: Wed Jul 7 22:16:10 EDT 2010 Back to the top

U.N. compound in Sri Lanka closed after siege
CNN, July 7. Colombo, Sri Lanka(CNN) -- The United Nations office in Sri Lanka remained closed Wednesday after a three-hour siege of its staff by a government minister and his supporters led to scuffles a day earlier... Back to the top

Unfazed by calumny
Pioneer, July 7. After winning a war that no Sri Lankan President dared even try to, and emerging triumphant from every election he has fought since 2005 President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is directly responsible for altogether 78 institutions, and Minister for the country’s Defence, Finance, Planning, Ports and Aviation and Highways, would unarguably be the most powerful man in Sri Lanka today... Back to the top

Sri Lankans try to prevent war crimes probe
The Australian, July 7. SRI Lankan protesters - led by a government minister - continued a rowdy blockade of UN headquarters in the capital, Colombo, yesterday, after holding more than 120 staff hostage to demand an end to investigations into alleged war crimes... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Exclusive: Warne pays tribute to Muralitharan
Sprts.co.uk, July 7. Shane Warne payed homage to Muttiah Muralitharan following his announcement yesterday that he would retire from International cricket after the first test of the home series against India, in Galle... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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