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A turning point in the drift to war: Unanswered questions remain about the killing of Sri Lankan foreign minister

With the eruption of open fighting between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it is timely to reexamine a key turning point in the slide towards renewed civil war—the assassination of former Sri Lankan foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, by unidentified gunmen on the night of August 12 last year.

Australian MP blasts LTTE and its chief political agent in Federal Parliament

Don Randall, the Liberal Party MP for Canning, and Chairman of the Australia-Sri Lanka Friendship Group in parliament, blasted the LTTE's spokesperson in the Australian Federal parliament, John Murphy (Labour – MP for Lowe) for making allegations against the democratically elected Sri Lankan government and aligning himself with a terrorist organization.

Africa Asserts its Collective Power at U.N.

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The 53-member African Group at the United Nations -- the second largest regional coalition after the 54-member Asian Group -- is asserting its collective unity in a world body that is getting increasingly divided over politically-sensitive issues. The Africans have so far refused to back down on their demand for veto powers for proposed new permanent members of the Security Council, and have also expressed their public support for an Asian as the next U.N. secretary-general when incumbent Kofi Annan of Ghana steps down in December this year.

Tamil civilians fleeing Sri Lanka owing to deteriorating security situation

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Colombo

Over the last few days, several hundred Tamil civilians belonging to more than 50 families living in Trincomalee have fled to India in fishing boats seeking refuge, owing to the deteriorating security situation in the country, well informed sources told the “Asian Tribune.” The fleeing families pay Rs. 8000 per adult and Rs. 4000 per child for their journey from Sri Lanka to India. Majority of these families who hail from fishing villages in Trinco had pawned their jewellery and other valuables to find the money needed for the journey.

Pak asks Kabul to mind its own business, end blame game

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has asked the Afghan government to concentrate for addressing its internal problems through political process instead of blaming Pakistan for its internal conflicts and unrest. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Ms. Tasneem Aslam in her weekly briefing here on Monday responding to various statements and allegations said Pakistan has nothing to do with the internal disturbance in Afghanistan rather than it is so much interested in stability in that country.

No evidence of politicians’ links yet with heroin smugglers: Babar

The state minister for home affairs, Lutfozzaman Babar, said that the police investigation was yet to find involvement of any political leaders or government officials in the smuggling of heroin from the country. ‘We are yet to find evidence of involvement of any government officials or political parties. If anyone is found involved, the law enforcers will take action against them,’ he told reporters.

Bangladesh logs on to information highway

submarine cable at the landing station at Jhilonza in Cox’s Bazar connecting Bangladesh with the global high-speed information super highway. At the inauguration, Khaleda Zia said it was necessary for Bangladesh to join the submarine cable for speedy development of information and communication technology in Bangladesh.

Attack on humanitarian workers by the LTTE condemned.

In a blistering attack, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka has condemned the attack on the humanitarian workers on Sunday in Muthur. The Humanitarian coordinator has also urged “All parties must urgently halt the current escalation of violence which is affecting innocent civilians, and work urgently towards a peaceful solution to the current impasse.”

Two French trade and charity missions will visit Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The CGPME (Confédération Général des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) is a French national union for small and medium sized business owners. They will be sending their business delegation to strengthen trade ties and find new business opportunities in Sri Lanka and India. The proposed visit of the delegation would bring best trade ties, said CGPME spokesman Tima Lazarus.

Bangladesh Home Minister Babar to visit US from May 25

State Minister for Home Affairs in Bangladesh, Lutfuzzaman Babar will leave for United States on 25th May on a seven day tour. This will be his second official tour to United States in last one year. During this trip, Bangladesh Home Minister is expected to meet a number of important figures in USA.

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