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April 29, 2009 | Miles Clements
Wadiya turns tropical the second you pass through its doors. Consuming all of one wall is a multi-canvas mural depicting a neon beach scene. Stationed at the restaurant's center is a cash register shaded by the thatched roof of a seaside shack. And creeping out from a corner is a fake, gangling tree, its limbs unnecessarily groping for some sun. Wadiya's is a dedicated design -- one that swaps the Anaheim restaurant's strip mall surroundings for the paradise of Sri Lanka's island style.
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.
July 11, 1995 | From Associated Press
At least 63 civilians were killed when warplanes bombing rebel-held territory struck a church and school used as shelters, officials said Monday. The bombing occurred Sunday, the first day of a government offensive in which jets, gunboats and long-range artillery opened fire on rebel positions in northern Sri Lanka. Tamil rebel forces engaged advancing troops later Sunday in heavy fighting.
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.
January 5, 2003 | From Associated Press
Sri Lankan government officials and Tamil Tiger rebel delegates arrived in Thailand on Saturday to take part in what could be the most crucial round of peace talks since negotiations started four months ago. The four-day talks, which will begin Monday, are likely to focus on the army's demand that the rebels disarm and the guerrillas' insistence that the military close facilities in high-security zones to allow tens of thousands of Tamils to return to the northern Jaffna peninsula.
August 15, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Sri Lankan and rebel negotiators agreed to open formal talks in Thailand next month in an effort to end the island nation's 19-year-old insurgency, in which at least 64,000 people have died. Sri Lanka's economic affairs minister, Milinda Moragoda, and Anton Balasingham, chief negotiator for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, agreed in Oslo to hold talks Sept. 12-17, said Norway's deputy foreign minister, Vidar Helgesen.
November 2, 1987 | Reuters
Sri Lanka's elusive Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran was wounded in the foot while slipping past Indian troops assaulting his separatist fighters in their battered northern bastion, military officials said today. Sri Lankan officials said informers spotted the 32-year-old leader limping after treatment at a hospital in Vadamarachchi, in the northeast corner of the Jaffna Peninsula.
January 14, 1988 | From Reuters
Soldiers clashed Wednesday with a leftist group that ambushed them in a crowded southern market and eight people were killed, Sri Lankan military officials said. Those killed included four civilians caught in the crossfire, a soldier and three members of the banned People's Liberation Front, a Marxist political party of mostly Sinhalese youths.
April 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Tamil Tiger rebels bombed a fuel refinery and gasoline storage facility Sunday near the Sri Lankan capital, and authorities cut power to the city, officials said. Hours later, the military pounded rebel positions in the north. The predawn rebel attack was the third aerial assault by the Tamil Tigers. Last month, the separatist group carried out its first airstrike, bombing an air force base near Colombo and killing at least three airmen.
July 30, 1987 | Associated Press
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi said good peripheral vision and quick reflexes enabled him to escape serious injury today when a sailor in a Sri Lankan honor guard hit him with a rifle. The guard, apparently incensed at Gandhi's signing of a controversial pact intended to end Sri Lanka's ethnic civil war, struck the prime minister during a ceremony today at the presidential palace in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
January 13, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI, India -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa sacked the nation's first female chief justice Sunday despite protests by lawyers, human rights groups and clergy members, including some concerned over the growing clout of the president and his family. Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake's dismissal, effective immediately, occurred when Rajapaksa ratified a Friday parliamentary vote to impeach her on corruption charges. She has denied the charges made by a parliament dominated by Rajapaksa supporters.
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.
August 5, 2010
More than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend the Sri Lanka Day Expo 2010. The annual event features a wide array of cultural entertainment from the little island country off southern India, whose most famous export may be the rapper M.I.A. Entertainment highlights include authentic Sri Lankan food stalls, live music and dance acts and a festive parade. Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Free.
November 19, 2009 | Associated Press
Dozens of Sri Lankan asylum seekers on Wednesday left an Australian customs vessel anchored off Indonesia after they were promised they would be resettled, ending a monthlong standoff. The 46 men, five women and five children were taken from Australia's Oceanic Viking to a detention center on nearby Bintan island off Sumatra, said Sugiyo, the center's head. They joined 22 others who disembarked last week. The Oceanic Viking rescued the Sri Lankans last month from a boat with a broken engine as it drifted in international waters near Indonesia.
June 18, 2009 | Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
The international airport in the Pakistani city of Peshawar was shut down Wednesday after an intelligence report warned of a possible terrorist attack against civilian aircraft by a militant group based in an adjoining tribal region, officials said. Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority reportedly cabled all national and international carriers Tuesday night to stop their flights to Peshawar International Airport effective Wednesday.
May 25, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The defeated Tamil Tiger rebels confirmed that their supreme leader was killed in the group's final battle against Sri Lankan troops. Selvarasa Pathmanathan, the Tamil Tiger's international spokesman, announced that Velupillai Prabhakaran had "attained martyrdom fighting the military oppression of the Sri Lankan government." The rebel leader died in a battle on the island's northeast coast. Pathmanathan said the group had declared a week of mourning for Prabhakaran starting today and urged the Tamil people to "restrain from harmful acts to themselves or anyone else in this hour of extreme grief."
February 28, 2009 | Associated Press
The chief of U.N. humanitarian efforts urged Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels Friday to let tens of thousands of civilians leave the South Asian country's war zone, saying there were "credible reports" that some people trying to flee had been shot. John Holmes also called on the Sri Lankan government to allow civilians to leave safely, either by agreeing to a temporary cease-fire or allowing a humanitarian corridor for safe passage through the front lines in the island's northeast.
March 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
With anti-terrorist commandos closing in, four suspected Tamil Tiger rebels hiding in an apartment killed themselves Saturday after failing in an apparent bid to assassinate the country's defense minister and armed forces chiefs. The men appeared to have used explosives to blow themselves up just as security forces were preparing an assault on their hide-out, officials said.
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.
May 18, 2009 | Mark Magnier
The Tamil Tigers admitted defeat Sunday in their quarter-century struggle against Sri Lanka's government and offered to lay down their weapons to protect the fighters and civilians who remain trapped in a sliver of land along the island's north coast. Military officials rejected the offer as a last-minute act of desperation. They said that fighting continued, and that the army was bracing for suicide bombings. They also claimed that all civilians were out of the combat zone.
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