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April 22, 1987
The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, a pendant-shaped island off India in the Indian Ocean slightly smaller than the state of Virginia, was long known as Ceylon. For centuries it was dominated by foreigners--first the Portuguese, then the Dutch and, from 1815 until independence in 1948, the British.
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NEWS
April 22, 1987
The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, a pendant-shaped island off India in the Indian Ocean slightly smaller than the state of Virginia, was long known as Ceylon. For centuries it was dominated by foreigners--first the Portuguese, then the Dutch and, from 1815 until independence in 1948, the British.
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March 20, 2011
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA Wildlife adventure Maple Leaf Adventures' "Great Bear Rainforest" expedition cruises through northwestern fiords, where rainforests, waterfalls and wildlife can be seen. Passengers will visit bear-viewing grounds and a natural hot springs. Indigenous people demonstrate how they've lived on this rugged land for centuries. Itinerary: Bella Bella to Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, with stops for wildlife viewing. Dates: Departures in April, June and September Price: From about $3,700, including accommodations, gourmet meals, guides, shore trips and gear.
NEWS
May 19, 2000 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Tamil separatists sweep toward victory on the battlefield, they are beginning to cleanse their land of the people who were once their neighbors. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who have won a series of victories against Sri Lankan forces in recent weeks, are stepping up attacks against ethnic Sinhalese civilians living in the region that the rebels claim as their homeland.
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October 10, 1999 | KARIN ESTERHAMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's time to think about waxing up those skis and getting into the Alpine spirit. Arizona-based Carlucci's Tours is taking guests to the Italian Alps for winter skiing. Two trips include a two-night stay in Venice in the package. The first is to Cortina d'Ampezzo from Jan. 12 to 22. Participants have 683 miles of ski runs and 464 lifts to choose from. The second trip is Jan. 19 to 29 and takes skiers to Moena in the Dolomites.
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October 19, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
On a windy expanse of the Chihuahuan Desert, the gangly 22-pound contraption began to climb up a thin carbon-fiber belt hung from a crane. Directed toward the craft from the ground was an array of 135 mirrors that concentrated the New Mexico light to an intensity equal to 300 suns. The beam shined on the climber's high-efficiency solar cells. With a muffled whirring, it rose 35 feet. Only 22,000 miles to go.
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