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March 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A pro-government militia of former Tamil Tiger rebels won a local election in the turbulent eastern Sri Lankan city of Batticaloa despite allegations that it used child soldiers, extorted money from businessmen and carried out killings, state TV reported today. The militia, known as the Karuna group, took 53% of the final vote, giving it 11 of the 19 seats on the municipal council, Rupavahini Television announced, citing the country's elections commissioner. Hoping to prevent violence -- especially a rebel attack -- during the voting, the government flooded the area with police.
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September 27, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
UNITED NATIONS - From Moammar Kadafi's baffling fantasies to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's room-emptying rants, almost every confab of world leaders at the annual United Nations General Assembly includes speeches that make people squirm in their chairs. With the Libyan leader deposed and dead and the former Iranian president retired - and Sudan's Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, charged with committing war crimes in the Darfur region, staying away - one of the most awkward moments this year came when the president of tiny Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, used his speech Tuesday to bash the U.N. itself.
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WORLD
January 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Sri Lankan government has decided to formally end a cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels that had largely collapsed since a resurgence in fighting two years ago. The Cabinet unanimously approved Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake's proposal to pull out from the 2002 truce, Media Minister Anura Yapa said.
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June 2, 2013
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WORLD
May 23, 2009 | Mark Magnier
Sri Lanka's victory this week after a 25-year battle against the Tamil Tiger rebels represents a rare success story for governments fighting insurgencies. Even as leaders in Colombo, the capital, declared a national holiday and citizens danced in the streets, military planners and analysts around the world began scrutinizing the war for lessons on how to fight Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other militant groups.
OPINION
May 19, 2009
The Sri Lankan government has beheaded the Tamil Tiger separatist insurgency, claiming victory in a quarter-century war that claimed upward of 70,000 lives -- more than 7,000 since January alone. This was a brutal rebel force that deployed suicide bombers, assassinated scores of politicians -- including former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi -- and forcibly recruited child soldiers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1993
In response to " 'Affirmative Action' Gone Awry," by William McGowan, Commentary, May 13: I am much obliged for your article and emphasizing the real reasons behind the current problems in Sri Lanka. Thank you highlighting the quota system that was instituted in Sri Lanka to admit Sinhalese students over more qualified Tamils, which was indeed one of the major turning points. As McGowan mentioned, Sri Lanka's nightmare should be a warning to any multiethnic society, including our own. NANDA SENATHI Los Angeles
WORLD
February 21, 2009 | Mark Magnier
The number of civilian deaths in Sri Lanka has risen sharply in the last month, Human Rights Watch said Friday, calling on both sides in the protracted civil war to stop firing at civilians or shelling areas where they are concentrated. The government has been battling the Tamil Tiger rebel group, which wants a homeland for the Tamil minority, for the last 25 years. In recent weeks the army has stepped up its offensive, boxing in the rebels in a smaller area in the north.
WORLD
May 20, 2009 | Mark Magnier
Sri Lanka has won its quarter-century civil war against the rebel Tamil Tigers at a cost of billions of dollars, a crippled economy and more than 70,000 lives. A central question now facing the bloodied island nation is whether it can win the peace by sparking reconciliation between its majority Sinhalese and minority Tamil ethnic populations, healing a rift that has seeped into almost every corner of society.
WORLD
February 10, 2009 | Mark Magnier
A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew herself up in northern Sri Lanka on Monday at a processing center for displaced residents fleeing the war zone, killing 28 people and wounding dozens, the military said. The attack in Vishwamadu comes as the rebel group -- which experts say pioneered the use of suicide vests as part of its three-decade fight for a Tamil homeland -- finds itself encircled and increasingly desperate.
WORLD
May 7, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Ending four decades of perfect attendance, Queen Elizabeth II will skip the biennial meeting of Commonwealth leaders later this year as part of a rethink by palace officials of long-distance travel and public events for the 87-year-old monarch. Prince Charles will take his mother's place at the November gathering in Sri Lanka, a boost in the profile of the heir to the British throne. The Commonwealth comprises 54 nations, most of them former British colonies, and promoting it as a vehicle for international understanding and democratic values has been a pet project of the queen, the organization's titular head.
WORLD
February 20, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Facing continued pressure over alleged wartime abuses, Sri Lankan officials rejected renewed accusations that a 12-year-old boy was executed in the final throes of its bloody civil war. Questions surrounding the death of Balachandran Prabhakaran, the young son of the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, were stirred up again by photographs from an upcoming film, "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka. " The documentary, slated to screen next month at a Geneva human rights film festival, includes photos purporting to show the boy being held by the military shortly before his death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
Suresh Krause laid out his career path for his uncle on Christmas day last year: He planned to spend about 20 years in the U.S. Army, eventually moving up in rank and becoming a flight instructor. Then he'd change careers, but with the same purpose in mind. Krause, his uncle said, planned to fly a helicopter for the United States Coast Guard. "It was the same thread - putting himself in harm's way to protect others, all the while doing something he loved, which was to fly," his uncle Brody Schmidt said.
WORLD
November 15, 2012 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- A major Tamil opposition party in Sri Lanka called Thursday for an international investigation after a U.N. report criticized the international body's own failure to protect civilians during the waning days of a brutal war in 2009. The moderate Tamil National Alliance said the report confirmed its longstanding belief that extensive killings and detentions of civilians took place, something the Sri Lankan government has denied. "No one can say that these allegations should not be investigated," Tamil National Alliance spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran told the Agence France-Presse news service.
OPINION
February 24, 2012 | By Timothy M. Phelps
Marie Colvin and I covered our first combat together in 1986, after the U.S. bombed Libya. She was 30, pretty, ambitious and talented. She soon had Col. Moammar Kadafi and his aides in her thrall and parlayed her many scoops for United Press International into a job as a foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times of London. I last saw her a year ago, in Cairo during the revolution. Three decades of bearing witness to war showed in her face: I recognized her only from her black eye patch, which she had worn since a hand grenade destroyed her left eye in Sri Lanka in 2001.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2011 | By Marcia Adair, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Two recent and seemingly unrelated events, the release of 250,000 unredacted State Department cables written between 1966 and 2011 via WikiLeaks and the pro-Palestinian protests at the Israel Philharmonic concert in London, got us thinking: How closely entwined are politics and classical music in diplomatic circles? A few weeks ago WikiLeaks published cables sent by American diplomats who were reporting back to the government on events and people of interest to the United States.
NEWS
May 23, 1989 | From Reuters
At least 53 people were killed in northern Sri Lanka in pitched fighting Sunday between rival Tamil separatist groups, military officials and rebel sources said Monday.
WORLD
April 8, 2010 | By Anuradha K. Herath and Mark Magnier
Reporting from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling coalition is expected to secure an easy victory in Thursday's parliamentary elections, the first since the government quashed the Tamil Tiger insurgency and ended an often brutal quarter-century-long war. But the vote may only mask continuing problems securing national reconciliation between the Tamil minority and the majority Sinhalese population, as...
WORLD
April 17, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
A U.N. panel has called for an independent investigation of "credible" allegations that tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war two years ago. The fatality estimate used by the three-member expert panel is significantly higher than the 7,000 civilian deaths cited by the United Nations near the end of the last four months of the bloody conflict, although it's unlikely that an exact figure will ever...
WORLD
March 14, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
An international aid effort swelled Monday to help Japan deal with the trio of catastrophes that have mired the country in sorrow and fear. More than 90 nations have offered assistance in searching for survivors and extracting the dead from Friday's magnitude 8.9 earthquake, the devastating tsunami it spawned and the threat of radiation contamination emanating from three damaged reactors in the hard-hit northeast. The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan arrived in Japan to augment a fleet of U.S. naval vessels deployed to help with air rescue operations and to ferry relief supplies to the hundreds of thousands displaced by the disasters.
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