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US Envoy to Hold Talks in Sri Lanka on Alleged War Crimes

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is sending a top envoy for talks next week in Sri Lanka, which faces allegations of human rights violations in its civil war that ended two years ago. A U.S. statement says Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake will meet in Sri Lanka with government and non-governmental officials, university students […]

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Sri Lanka’s President Announces Plans to End Emergency Laws

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he plans to end the country’s strict wartime emergency laws, which have been in place for nearly 30 years. Speaking to Parliament Thursday, Mr. Rajapaksa said he believed there was no longer a need to have the laws since the country’s civil war against Tamil Tiger separatists ended in […]

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Sri Lanka’s President Announces Plans to End Emergency Laws

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he plans to end the country’s strict wartime emergency laws, which have been in place for nearly 30 years. Speaking to Parliament Thursday, Mr. Rajapaksa said he believed there was no longer a need to have the laws since the country’s civil war against Tamil Tiger separatists ended in […]

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Sri Lanka’s President Announces Plans to End Emergency Laws

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he plans to end the country’s strict wartime emergency laws, which have been in place for nearly 30 years. Speaking to Parliament Thursday, Mr. Rajapaksa said that he believed there was no longer a need to have the laws since the country’s civil war against Tamil Tiger separatists ended […]

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Sri Lanka Signs $500 Million Port Deal with China

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Sri Lanka’s government has signed a $500 million deal with China to build a new container terminal at the country’s main port in the capital, Colombo. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry says the deal is the country’s largest private-sector foreign investment. The port will be upgraded in two phases with the first part being completed by […]

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Sri Lanka Begins First Nationwide Elephant Census

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of wildlife officials and volunteers in Sri Lanka are participating in the country’s first national census of its wild elephant population. Sri Lanka’s wildlife department says the count will provide valuable information to protect the elephants. Conservationists are boycotting the poll, alleging the count is a smoke screen for capturing and domesticating the elephants. […]

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Conservationists Boycotting Sri Lankan Elephant Count

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan conservationists are withdrawing their support for a census of the country’s wild elephant population. A coalition of wildlife groups announced their opposition Tuesday, accusing the Sri Lankan government of using the count as a cover to capture the animals. Conservationists began pulling out of the census after Wildlife Minister S.M. Chandransena said 300 […]

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Sri Lanka Seeking Stonger Economic Ties With China

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for talks with Chinese leaders, as his country seeks greater economic ties with China. During his state visit, Mr. Rajapaksa is set to meet with President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and to attend an international sporting event in Shenzhen. China is Sri […]

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HRW Calls for Investigation of Sri Lankan Aid Workers Massacre

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A leading human rights group has called for an international investigation into the execution-style killing of 17 aid workers in Sri Lanka five years ago. New York-based Human Rights Watch said Wednesday the Sri Lankan government’s failure to bring the killers to justice highlights what it called “a broader lack of will to prosecute soldiers […]

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HRW Calls for Investigation of Sri Lankan Aid Workers Massacre

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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A leading human rights group is calling for an international investigation into the execution-style killing of 17 aid workers in Sri Lanka five years ago. New York-based Human Rights Watch says the Sri Lankan government’s failure to bring the killers to justice highlights what it called “a broader lack of will to prosecute soldiers and […]

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