Q+A-What next as Sri Lanka strives to end war?

[Reuters] Sri Lanka’s quarter-century war is racing towards an end as the military closes in on the last patch of land the separatist Tamil Tigers control. In the first six weeks of this year, soldiers have racked up a string of victories and taken all the major towns the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) […]

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Sri Lanka protests US report on human rights, saying it presents ‘distorted view’

[AP] Sri Lanka summoned the U.S. ambassador on Friday to protest the latest U.S. State Department report on human rights, saying it presented a distorted and exaggerated view of the situation on the Indian Ocean island. The State Department’s 2007 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Sri Lanka cited government abuses including unlawful killings, […]

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SRI LANKA: Half a million people could be affected by conflict in 2008

[IRIN] The UN and NGOs working in the conflict-ridden north and east are warning of a mounting humanitarian toll in 2008 due to the escalation in hostilities between Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Agencies should be prepared to assist “up to 500,000 conflict-affected individuals comprising IDPs, returnees and […]

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