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DECEMBER 3, 2010 EST, USA
 
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Tamil Tiger links uncovered
Bangkok Post, Dec 4. MADRID: Spanish and Thai police investigating a gang that supplied forged passports to al-Qaeda-linked groups have found new evidence of links to Sri Lanka's defeated Tamil Tiger rebels, Spanish authorities say. Spanish and Thai police are analysing material seized late on Tuesday in a joint operation in which 10 people - eight Pakistanis, a Nigerian and a Thai national - were arrested in the two countries, Spain's interior ministry said yesterday in a statement. The 10 are suspected of providing forged passports to organisations linked to al-Qaeda, including the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, accused of plotting the attacks in Mumbai that killed 174 people in November 2008, as well as to the Tamil Tigers. More...
Published: Fri Dec 3 16:38:57 EST 2010

UN probe called into Lankan troops' war crime video
The Hindustan Times, 2010-12-03 09:28:27 EST. The UN has sought a fresh probe into alleged war crimes against Sri Lankan troops after Britain's Channel 4 News released a video featuring soldiers executing naked men and women. The video, which was broadcast on Tuesday, shows government troops executing civilians in the last few weeks

of the 26-year Sri Lanka war, which ended last year when the island government declared victory over the Tamil rebel group LTTE. "It is shocking indeed, and clearly deserves more investigation," Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, was quoted as saying by Channel 4 News. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Dec 3 06:58:53 EST 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lankan president stung by British protests, WikiLeaks cables - Christian Science Monitor
google.com, 2010-12-03 21:28:57 EST. Hailed as a war hero at home, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa received a hostile reception this week in Britain from Tamil protesters incensed by alleged war crimes during last year’s defeat of the Tamil Tigers.The protests prompted Oxford University’s union to cancel a speech by Mr. Rajapaksa on Thursday, citing security concerns, to the anger of nationalist politicians in Sri Lanka.The uproar in Britain comes amid the release of secret US State Department cables from its embassy in Colombo, as part of the recent WikiLeaks document dump, that reveal deep US skepticism over Sri Lanka’s pledge to hold its own forces accountable for any battlefield abuses. More...
Published: Fri Dec 3 16:42:37 EST 2010 Back to the top

Protest hits Sri Lanka UK embassy - BBC News
google.com, 2010-12-03 15:40:06 EST. Demonstrators have tried to storm the British embassy in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo over Tamil protests that marred President Mahinda Rajapaksa's UK visit... Back to the top

Is the LTTE re-grouping in Kerala? - IBNLive.com
google.com, 2010-12-03 08:26:03 EST. Tiruvananthapuram: A documentary screened a few days back at a hall in the heart of Trivandrum city has sparked suspicion that the LTTE might be regrouping in parts of Kerala... Back to the top

Sri Lanka complains president silenced on UK trip
Reuters, Dec 2. LONDON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's foreign minister said on Thursday a prestigious British debating society had bowed to intimidation by cancelling a speech by the Sri Lankan president, preventing him from expressing his point of view... Back to the top

ADB loans US$90 mln to help restore north Sri Lanka water supply - Water World
google.com, 2010-12-03 13:27:11 EST. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide US$90 million in loans to help Sri Lanka restore water supply and sanitation infrastructure in the war-ravaged ... Back to the top

Video shows Army killing LTTE members; SL defends - Oneindia
google.com, 2010-12-03 12:33:36 EST. Colombo, Dec 3: The Sri Lankan government has decided to take legal actions against British news channel, Channel 4 News, for the release of videos showing Sri Lankan army executing Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supporters... Back to the top

David Miliband's gift to Sri Lanka - The Guardian
google.com, 2010-12-03 18:01:16 EST. So, thank you David Miliband for bringing Sri Lanka back into the news... Back to the top

WikiLeaks renews accusations over Sri Lanka war crimes
Reuters, Dec 2. The United States believes there is little prospect Sri Lanka will hold anyone accountable for the bloody end of the war with the Tamil Tigers because war crimes allegations involve top government figures, leaked U... Back to the top

TV anchor among naked men, women 'killed' by Lanka soldiers on video - Indian Express
google.com, 2010-12-03 09:28:11 EST. As Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa toured the UK, Britain’s Channel 4 aired stomach-churning footage of men in uniform alleged to be his soldiers executing naked, unarmed, tied-up and blindfolded men and women said to be members or sympathisers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Birds becoming gay because of mercury - Telegraph.co.uk
google.com, 2010-12-02 18:39:27 EST. Researchers in Florida and Sri Lanka studied the effect of the metal in white ibises' diets to find out why breeding was down... Back to the top

Japan's leadership test in Sri Lanka - The Japan Times
google.com, 2010-12-02 04:52:55 EST. As such, it might consider how its handling of the Sri Lanka file reflects upon its leadership potential... Back to the top

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