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Sri Lanka labels foreign Tamil groups as 'terror' networks

Sri Lanka has designated 15 foreign organisations run by ethnic Tamils as "terrorist groups", accusing them of trying to revive a separatist war which ended in 2009, an official said Wednesday. The government suspects the groups of being linked to the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which was crushed by government forces after decades of combat in May 2009, an information department official said.

Sri Lankan Tamil party rejects allegations of supporting rebels

Sri Lankan Tamil party rejects allegations of supporting rebels COLOMBO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance, on Tuesday rejected allegations it supported the Tamil Tiger rebels during the war. In an address to Parliament, Tamil National Alliance leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan said that his party only looked to work with the rebels to secure a political solution to the conflict but never supported the atrocities they had committed.

Foreigners monitor Sri Lanka's ex-war zone vote

Foreign observers held talks with officials and candidates in Sri Lanka's former war zone Wednesday to ensure the region's first elections to choose a semi-autonomous council pass off peacefully, officials said. Kenya's former vice president Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, who is heading a four-member Commonwealth mission, urged all sides to ensure the landmark elections take place without incident as his delegation entered a series of meetings in the town of Jaffna, the Commonwealth secretariat said.

Sri Lanka Tamils demand army be confined before key vote

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party Tuesday demanded troops be confined to barracks after accusing them of campaigning for the ruling party at key elections in the former separatist stronghold of Jaffna. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told President Mahinda Rajapakse that soldiers were campaigning for his United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in the Jaffna peninsula, where the minority party was expected to do well.

Sri Lankan government says attack on newspaper orchestrated

The Sri Lankan government said Saturday that the attack on a Tamil newspaper office in northern Sri Lanka was orchestrated and carried out to tarnish the image of the government.The Uthayan office in Jaffna was attacked and the printing office set on fire by an unidentified group on Saturday morning causing extensive damage, the newspaper's editor said.The staff was preparing to distribute the newspapers when an armed gang entered the premises.

Arson against Sri Lanka paper targets Tamil vote

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party accused the government on Sunday of attacking the biggest opposition newspaper in an attempt to silence its political rivals ahead of key local council elections. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which represents minority ethnic Tamils, said Saturday's torching of the Uthayan newspaper presses added to a "fear psychosis" among the population in the northern district of Jaffna. "One of the main objectives (of the attack) is silencing the opposition ahead of provincial council elections," TNA legislator Suresh Premachandran told AFP.

Gunmen attack Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka

Gunmen opened fire and torched the office of the main Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka on Saturday, police said, the latest in a string of attacks on the nation's privately owned media. Three men staged the pre-dawn arson attack on the Uthayan newspaper's office and printing press in Jaffna, the main city in Sri Lanka's former civil war zone in the north of the country, owner Eswarapatham Saravanapavan told AFP.

Gunmen attack Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka

Gunmen opened fire and torched the office of the main Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka on Saturday, police said, the latest in a string of attacks on the nation's privately owned media. Three men staged the pre-dawn arson attack on the Uthayan newspaper's office and printing press in Jaffna, the main city in Sri Lanka's former civil war zone in the north of the country, owner Eswarapatham Saravanapavan told AFP.

Gunmen attack Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka

Gunmen opened fire and torched the office of the main Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka on Saturday, the owner said, the latest in a wave of attacks against privately-owned media in the country. Three armed men carried out the pre-dawn arson attack on the Uthayan office and printing press in Jaffna, the city and former war zone 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Colombo, owner Eswarapatham Saravanapavan told AFP by telephone.

India government rocked by coalition partner pullout

A regional party from southern India announced Tuesday that it was withdrawing from the national ruling coalition, weakening the government which was already a minority in parliament. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), based in the state of Tamil Nadu, had been pressuring the government to condemn Sri Lanka over alleged war crimes against ethnic minority Tamils during the neighbouring island's civil war.
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