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SRI LANKA'S Tamil minority has voted overwhelmingly for a political party acting as a proxy for the defeated separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, in local elections held in areas ravaged by the country's 25-year civil war.
VOTERS in Sri Lanka's northern Tamil heartland trickled to polling stations yesterday to elect local councils following the country's long civil war.
SRI LANKA'S president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has called for mass rallies on May Day in opposition to a leaked UN report that accuses his administration of systematic war crimes against Tamil separatists.
Sri Lanka has decided to remove all remaining references from state institutions to its British colonial name Ceylon.
Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa approved a 30-month jail term for former army chief and political rival Sarath Fonseka yesterday.
A SRI Lankan military court yesterday convicted a former army chief who ran for president on the opposition ticket of fraud. He could be sentenced to jail time.
Three containers filled with explosives meant for road construction detonated outside a police station in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday, killing 25 people, most of them police officers, in a blast government officials called an accident.
Sri Lanka's parliament voted to remove limits on presidential terms yesterday in a move critics fear could lead to dictatorship.
GENERAL Sarath Fonseka, the architect of Sri Lanka's final victory over Tamil separatists, was stripped of his rank and military honours by court martial yesterday - the price he paid for daring to challenge the country's increasingly authoritarian president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
HUNDREDS of state government workers in Sri Lanka staged protests yesterday against a government minister who tied an official to a tree as a punishment for failing to attend a mosquito eradication programme.
Hundreds of protesters, led by a government minister, laid siege to the United Nations compound in Colombo yesterday, refusing to let workers out in an effort to force the world body to cancel its investigation of alleged abuses committed during Sri Lanka's civil war.
SRI Lanka is to lose its preferential trade access to the EU next month after the Indian Ocean island nation refused to make written pledges to improve its human rights record.
SRI Lanka's government is to investigate alleged human rights abuses during the 25-year civil war that killed an estimated 80,000-100,000 people.
SRI Lanka's president has promised to follow due process in the sedition investigation of the defeated presidential candidate and ex-army chief whose arrest has pushed the island nation into political turmoil.
SRI Lanka's president dissolved parliament yesterday, clearing the way for new elections a day after authorities arrested the leader of the opposition.
SRI Lankan authorities arrested former army commander and losing presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka yesterday.
FIVE months after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka is trying to come to terms with its post-war problems.
SRI LANKAN soldiers wounded two civilians when they fired on war refugees trying to flee a camp in the north of the island.