October 16, 1990 |
Four soldiers were killed in a clash with Tamil separatist guerrillas in eastern Sri Lanka, military officials said Monday.
April 13, 2009 |
The president of Sri Lanka said Sunday that the nation's military would go into defensive mode for a two-day period during the island's New Year holiday early this week, allowing civilians to flee the war zone.
August 9, 1988 |
Eight Tamil separatist guerrillas and two Indian soldiers were killed in a weekend clash in north Sri Lanka, a military official said Monday.
June 6, 1988 |
Two people were killed and more than 55,000 were left homeless by floodwaters in Sri Lanka during the last week, government officials said on Sunday.
December 13, 1989 |
Left-wing rebels killed 24 men and women in an attack on a village in southern Sri Lanka, military sources said Tuesday.
April 21, 2009 |
In a sign of its growing confidence, Sri Lanka on Monday issued an ultimatum calling on Tamil rebels to surrender or perish after the army reportedly breached a major defensive barrier, paving the way for tens of thousands of civilians to make a run for it. Troops captured an additional square-mile area of the rebels' shrinking terrain Monday, freeing about 19,000 civilians trapped by the fighting, while the navy freed 2,165 people and more fled in other directions, military spokesman Brig.
June 9, 2003 |
International donors pledged more than $2 billion in aid as a conference on rebuilding war-torn Sri Lanka opened in Tokyo. Host nation Japan kicked off the conference of 47 nations and 20 financial institutions by pledging $1 billion in assistance. Another $1 billion was promised by the Asian Development Bank, and smaller pledges were added. The conflict in Sri Lanka pits the majority Sinhalese against the minority Tamils.
February 10, 2010 |
Reporting from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and New Delhi -- The Sri Lanka government defended the arrest of presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka on Tuesday on the grounds that he conspired against the incumbent who defeated him in last month's vote. Fonseka lost by nearly 20 percentage points to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Jan. 26 election. After the count, the challenger accused the victor of vote-tampering and vowed to challenge the results in court. Soldiers on Monday arrested Fonseka, the former army chief.
March 1, 2009 |
The news editor at Sri Lanka's investigative Sunday Leader newspaper was driving to work in January when she ran into a traffic jam a few hundred yards from the office. Naturally, she investigated. Almost immediately, she saw the body of her boss, friend and editor in chief, Lasantha Wickrematunge, being loaded into a white van near his battered, bloodstained car. Witnesses later reported that several gunmen on motorcycles had carried out the attack.