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Date: 26 May 2009

Sri Lanka's police chief on Tuesday urged "people who have links to terrorist activities" to surrender at the nearest police station or army camp.

The call came from chief Jayantha Wickremaratne as government security forces and police pressed on in their search for rebel suspects in the capital, Colombo, its suburbs and principal towns.

Author: | Source: CNN | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 14
Date: 26 May 2009

If a compromise is not found, Sri Lanka's draft resolution would be submitted for adoption by the Council since it was tabled before the Swiss version.

Author: | Source: AFP | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 21
Date: 26 May 2009

In an interview with the BBC, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the LTTE rebels could not be trusted to give up "terrorism".

The rebels had said they would give up violence after their leader was killed in recent fighting in the north-east.

Author: | Source: BBC | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 15
Date: 26 May 2009

The division sets the stage for a session today that will test the very purpose of the Human Rights Council. Israel, which had an investigation into its Gaza offensive forced on to it by the Council, is furious at the prospect of Sri Lanka escaping the same fate.

Author: Catherine Philp | Source: Times of London | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 12
Date: 25 May 2009

Young and old, poor and prosperous, sick and healthy -- residents of Pakistan's Swat Valley continue to flee the violence that has erupted there as the military clashes with the Taliban.

Those who have fled tell of the whole valley being turned into a battlefield as citizens run away, many of them with no shoes and some elderly. They fall ill from sun and heat exposure -- particularly infants and those already weak and sick -- as they flee.

Author: Ingrid Formanek and Zeeshan Ali | Source: CNN | Submitted by: on 25 May 2009 | Comments: 20
Date: 25 May 2009

India's Supreme Court has ordered the release on bail of a leading public health specialist and human-rights activist, Dr Binayak Sen.

Author: | Source: BBC | Submitted by: on 25 May 2009 | Comments: 15
Date: 24 May 2009

Sikhs wielding knives and a handgun attacked two preachers at a rival Sikh temple in Vienna on Sunday in a brawl that left at least 16 people wounded, the police and witnesses said. A related clash later broke out in northern India.

Author: | Source: Associated Press | Submitted by: on 25 May 2009 | Comments: 15
Date: 24 May 2009

President Rajapaksa and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed a series of areas in which the United Nations will assist the ongoing efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka in addressing the future challenges and opportunities.

Author: | Source: | Submitted by: on 25 May 2009 | Comments: 23
Date: 25 May 2009

Assistance must be “according to the wishes of the people of Sri Lanka,” Basil Rajapaksa, senior presidential adviser, said, according to the government’s Web site. “We don’t want ‘monitors,’ we need partners...”

“The international community must understand that it is we, the people of this country, who had to endure this problem” of terrorism, Basil Rajapaksa said in an interview. “There is nobody else who understands the repercussions and the sufferings.”

Author: Paul Tighe, Jay Shankar | Source: Bloomberg | Submitted by: on 25 May 2009 | Comments: 27
Date: 24 May 2009

Civilians who escaped the zone said they came under intense shelling from both the rebels and the government.

"We ran for our lives from the shelling in the north," said one man who gave his name as Krishnathurai. "It was coming from both sides, the Tamil Tigers and the military, and we were stuck in the middle."

Author: John Heilprin | Source: Associated Press | Submitted by: on 25 May 2009 | Comments: 14
Date: 25 May 2009

Camp is not the word its inmates use for it. A prison and a concentration camp were two of the descriptions The Times heard on a rare visit to the camp on the sidelines of the visit by Ban Ki Moon, the United Nations Secretary-General.

Squalor is less the defining feature of Manik Farm than militarism. The presence of armed soldiers around the camp and its perimeter is overwhelming. New armoured patrol vehicles sit at the entrance to the side of a sandbagged bunker.

Author: Catherine Philp | Source: Times of London | Submitted by: on 25 May 2009 | Comments: 35
Date: 24 May 2009

The defeated Tamil Tiger rebels confirmed Sunday that their supreme leader was killed in the group's final battle against Sri Lankan troops.

Author: Arthur Max | Source: Associated Press | Submitted by: on 25 May 2009 | Comments: 10
Date: 25 May 2009

Bangladesh on Monday evacuated hundreds of thousands of people to emergency shelters on the southwestern coast as a cyclone hit the country, as well as neighbouring India, officials said.

Government weather forecaster Sanaul Haq said Cyclone Aila made landfall between Bangladesh's Khulna district and Sagar Island in India's West Bengal state, unleashing a tidal surge as high as two metres (seven feet).

Author: Shafiq Alam | Source: AFP / Google News | Submitted by: on 25 May 2009 | Comments: 27
Date: 20 May 2009

A UN spokesman, Gordon Weiss, said he was "shocked" at the revelation, which ran counter to previous government assurances.

"It was our understanding that the government was to return 80% of the people to their homes by the end of the year, or at least try to," said Weiss.

Author: Gethin Chamberlain | Source: Guardian | Submitted by: on 24 May 2009 | Comments: 14
Date: 18 May 2009

State television interrupted its regular programmes to announce the death. Just to make sure everyone knew, the government's information department sent a text message to mobile phones across the country confirming that he was killed along with his top deputies.

Soon after the announcement people set off firecrackers at street junctions in celebration, holding up traffic briefly while others shook hands with soldiers on sentry duty. In many towns there was dancing and singing in the streets, with crowds waving Sri Lanka's flag of a yellow lion holding a sword against a red background.

Author: | Source: Guardian | Submitted by: on 24 May 2009 | Comments: 10
Date: 24 May 2009

Hundreds of ethnic Tamil Malaysians, including MPs, gathered at the Batu Caves Hindu temple to protest against the Sri Lankan Government's "war against Tamils" there.

The rally, organised by the World Tamil Relief and several NGOs, condemned the thousands of Tamils lives lost in the war in northern Sri Lanka.

Deputy Federal Territories Minister M Saravanan said the rally was not in support of any militant group but to show concern for the loss of lives of innocent Tamil civilians.

Author: | Source: Press Trust of India | Submitted by: on 24 May 2009 | Comments: 11
Date: 24 May 2009

We were the first international journalists to see the scene of the final days of the fighting.

The tiny spit of land in north-eastern Sri Lanka could be a beach paradise. Instead it is like a vision of hell.

Houses have been destroyed, buses blown up, palm trees devastated, and there are craters in the beach. On the sand I saw row after row of tents.

Author: Laura Trevelyan | Source: BBC | Submitted by: on 24 May 2009 | Comments: 10
Date: 23 May 2009

Sri Lanka's health ministry is investigating three doctors detained by the military on accusations they gave false information about war zone casualties to the media, an official said Saturday...

The U.S. State Department said the doctors "helped save many lives during the conflict and provided some of the only medical support available in the conflict area while caught between the (rebels) and Sri Lankan forces and facing extreme shortages of medical supplies."

"We urge the government to resolve the doctors' cases quickly and release them," the State Department said in a statement.

Author: | Source: Associated Press | Submitted by: on 24 May 2009 | Comments: 10
Date: 23 May 2009

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon toured Sri Lanka's biggest refugee camp Saturday and said the country did not have the resources to deal with the tens of thousands who fled fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Ban told Rajapaksa the U.N. and other international humanitarian agencies needed immediate and unimpeded access to camps that are housing 290,000 people who escaped rebel-held areas as a military onslaught bore down on the separatists.

Author: Louis Charbonneau | Source: Reuters | Submitted by: on 24 May 2009 | Comments: 12
Date: 24 May 2009

IT was a desperate last phone call but it did not sound like a man who would be dead within hours. Balasingham Nadesan, political leader of the Tamil Tigers, had nowhere to turn, it seemed.

“We are putting down our arms,” he told me late last Sunday night by satellite phone from the tiny slip of jungle and beach on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka where the Tigers had been making their last stand.

Author: Marie Colvin | Source: Times of London | Submitted by: on 23 May 2009 | Comments: 13
Date: 26 Feb 2009

A Supreme Court notice to the Centre on 20 February and a critical report submitted in Parliament two days earlier may force the government to review a decision to suspend production at three state-owned units that made vaccines against tetanus, tuberculosis, measles and other infections.

Author: Radhieka Pandeya | Source: Live Mint | Submitted by: on 23 May 2009 | Comments: 12
Date: 22 May 2009

The military yesterday said the body of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran was cremated in Mullaitivu on Wednesday.

“His body was cremated in Mullaitivu and treated like the body of any other terrorist,” Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara told the Daily Mirror yesterday.

The Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) Director General Lakshman Hulugalle confirmed the report saying: “His body was treated like that of any other terrorist and cremated. That is all we have been informed,” he said.

Author: | Source: Daily Mirror | Submitted by: on 22 May 2009 | Comments: 11
Date: 22 May 2009

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse on Friday brushed off calls for an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by government troops in their offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels.

In a defiant speech delivered just hours before the arrival of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the president said he was even "ready to go to the gallows" as a consequence of defeating the separatist guerrillas.

Author: Mel Guanasekera | Source: AFP | Submitted by: on 22 May 2009 | Comments: 9
Date: 22 May 2009

Sri Lanka’s government ignored mounting calls Friday by international relief organizations for greater access to the country’s swelling refugee camps, as the military continued to weed out suspected former Tamil Tiger rebels hiding among civilians.

Author: | Source: New York Times | Submitted by: on 22 May 2009 | Comments: 12
Date: 22 May 2009

Mr Rajapaksa, brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, told the state-run Independent Television Network the final phase of the operation against the rebels had begun in August 2006.

"Since then the security forces, including the army, navy, the air force, police and the civil defence force, have lost 6,261 personnel killed and 29,551 wounded," Mr Rajapaksa said.

"We made huge sacrifices for this victory."

Author: | Source: BBC | Submitted by: on 22 May 2009 | Comments: 9
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