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Police: Safety lapse likely caused Sri Lanka blast
AP, Sep 18. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Improperly stored detonators are likely to have triggered a dynamite explosion that killed 25 people and injured dozens in eastern Sri Lanka, police said Saturday. Three containers of explosives used for road construction exploded Friday inside a police compound, destroying the police station and a nearby agriculture office crowded with farmers. A police officer involved in the investigation said the detonators were stored together with dynamite in one of the containers and may have been accidentally activated by a worker who was removing them for the day's work. More...
Published: Sat Sep 18 13:27:04 EDT 2010
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Sri Lanka bans BBC from covering civil war hearings - BBC News, 2010-09-18 07:00:54 EST. The BBC has been blocked from covering public hearings about Sri Lanka's civil war in former rebel-held territory.

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Canada court frees four detained Tamil migrants - AFP, 2010-09-18 04:46:23 EST. VANCOUVER — Canada's Federal Court ordered the release of four women out of nearly 500 Tamils from Sri Lanka, who arrived via a cargo ship in Western Canada last month and claimed refugee status... Back to the top

Sri Lanka jails ex-army chief Fonseka - AFP, 2010-09-17 16:47:49 EST. COLOMBO — A court martial in Sri Lanka on Friday convicted former army chief Sarath Fonseka of corrupt military supply deals and sentenced him to three years in jail, a top military official told AFP... Back to the top

60 feared killed in Sri Lanka blast: spokesman
The Hindu, 2010-09-17 18:04:00 EST. A government spokesman says 60 people are feared killed in an accidental blast of explosives meant for road construction in Sri Lanka’s east... Back to the top

UN panel on Sri Lanka begins work - Zee News, 2010-09-17 14:51:40 EST. New York: A panel of experts, which has been set up to advise UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the LTTE era, has commenced its work amidst Colombo's refusal to allow its entry to the country... Back to the top

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