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June 9, 2000 | Associated Press
Police detained 19 men Thursday in a suicide bombing that killed 23 people, and Sri Lanka extended nationwide emergency rule for a month and placed more soldiers at checkpoints in its jittery capital. The bomber with explosives strapped to his body chose Sri Lanka's first War Heroes' Day to strike, killing himself, Industrial Development Minister C. V. Gooneratne, the minister's wife and 20 others Wednesday in Ratmalana.
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May 25, 2000 | From Reuters
A Norwegian special envoy brokering efforts to stop ethnic bloodshed in Sri Lanka said Wednesday that he had hope for a peaceful solution, while the U.S. backed his nation and India in attempts to end the crisis. Oslo lawmaker Erik Solheim, who flew to New Delhi to brief Indian officials about the talks between a Norwegian delegation and Sri Lankan leaders in the past two days, said his country had received "positive encouragement" from India for playing a facilitator's role. Thomas R.
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May 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two suspected Tamil Tiger rebels posing as job-seekers tried to assassinate a former Sri Lankan lawmaker in his home, but guards gunned down one of them and the other later killed himself by setting off a grenade, police said. Six people, including the retired member of Parliament, M. K. Gunawardene, were injured, police said. The motive for the attack was not known, police said.
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May 24, 2000 | MARTIN HENDERSON
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May 19, 2000 | Associated Press
Calling captured rebel leader Foday Sankoh "a very vicious man," Sierra Leone's attorney general said Thursday that the government is nonetheless determined to resist pressure from angry citizens to take drastic action against him. Many Sierra Leoneans want Sankoh harshly punished for wreaking havoc on the country during more than eight years of civil war. His Revolutionary United Front rebels recently plunged the nation into renewed crisis and were holding hundreds of U.N. peacekeepers captive.
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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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May 18, 2000 | From Associated Press
Tamil rebels shelled the Sri Lankan military's only airport in Jaffna on Wednesday, threatening the supply line for thousands of government troops. The international relief organization Doctors Without Borders said it was planning to move its base out of Jaffna if large-scale fighting breaks out in the city of 500,000 people.
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May 17, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Ending a three-day lull in their separatist fight, rebels in Sri Lanka resumed an assault on their former stronghold of Jaffna, while the island's government said it was time to talk peace. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar acknowledged that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were fighting a "good battle," but he said it was time to come to the table after 17 years of war.
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May 15, 2000 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Sri Lankan army reels before an onslaught of rebel fighters, the people urging it to fight harder are the men in the saffron robes. Sri Lanka's Buddhist clergy, long an influential force in national politics, are stepping forward to rally the nation in its darkest hour. The string of defeats suffered by the army at the hands of separatist rebels, which has stunned and demoralized this island nation, has also drawn the monks out of their temples to try to hold the country together.
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May 13, 2000 | DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tamil Tiger rebels rolled into the city of Jaffna on Friday, forcing government troops to retreat and marking a tenuous but dramatic victory in this island nation's long civil war. Troops with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, fighting for an independent state for minority Tamils since 1983, entered their cultural capital and met little resistance from government soldiers.
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