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Sri Lanka trying to deflect probe into war crimes: rights group

Sri Lanka trying to deflect probe into war crimes: rights group

New York, May 8 (IANS) Sri Lanka's suggestion that a newly announced commission will provide accountability for laws-of-war violations during the armed conflict with the Tamil Tigers is another attempt to deflect an independent international probe, Human Rights Watch said Saturday.

Human Rights Watch urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take

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British voters denied right to vote can claim 750 pounds

British voters denied right to vote can claim 750 pounds

London, May 8 (IANS) Britons denied the right to vote due to chaos at polling booths could be entitled up to 750 pounds compensation each, a lawyer has said.

Voters in at least 14 constituencies in eight cities including London, Sheffield and Birmingham were affected by the chaos.

Long queues formed outside

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5.9-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia

5.9-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia

Jakarta, May 8 (IANS) A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit central Indonesia Saturday, but there was no immediate report of casualties or material damage, Xinhua reported.

The quake struck at 11:22 a.m. local time (0322 GMT), with the epicentre 68 km northwest of Raba regency of West Nusa Tengara province, at a depth

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One killed, seven injured in Dagestan blast

One killed, seven injured in Dagestan blast

Moscow, May 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) At least one person was killed and seven people were injured in a blast that ripped through a railway station in Derbent town in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Dagestan Friday night, a police source said.

'According to the latest information, the number of wounded

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Pakistan still sees India as major threat, says top US general

Pakistan still sees India as major threat, says top US general

Washington, May 8 (IANS) Pakistan still sees India as its major thereat even as it has stepped up action against militants realising the 'very existential threat' posed by the Pakistani Taliban and some of its allies, according to a top US general.

'India is still seen as the major state-based threat,'

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Tamil community to observe ‘black days’ to mark war anniversary

Tamil community to observe ‘black days’ to mark war anniversary

Toronto, May 8 (IANS) With the first anniversary of the crushing of the LTTE approaching, Canadian Tamils will observe May 17-19 as 'Days of Remembrance' for the Tamils killed in what they described as 'war crimes against humanity' by Sri Lankan forces.

More than 300,000 Canadians Tamils will join their brethren

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US does not rule out Headley-Shahzad connection

US does not rule out Headley-Shahzad connection

Washington, May 8 (IANS) The United States has not ruled out a connection between two Pakistani Americans, key Mumbai terror plotter David Coleman Headley and failed Times square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad, as it probes all angles of the case.

'Well, it could be - there have been multiple plots that

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Smuggled goods worth $15 mn seized in Colombia

Smuggled goods worth $15 mn seized in Colombia

Bogota, May 8 (IANS/EFE) Colombian authorities have seized 29.35 billion pesos ($14.6 million) worth of smuggled goods from the country's free-trade zone near Panama, officials said.

The raid took place on a ship in Colombia's main Pacific port of Buenaventura. Six 20-tonne containers, in which liquor, cigarettes, candies, shoes, perfumes, toys

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Gujarati diaspora to put up its biggest show in Canada

Gujarati diaspora to put up its biggest show in Canada

Toronto, May 8 (IANS) Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal will be honoured at the two-day Gujarati Swarnim Jayanti celebrations beginning Saturday in what is being billed the biggest show of Gujaratis in Canada to date The celebrations are part of the year-long Swarnim Jayanti kicked off in Gandhinagar May 1

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Nepal hails reprieve as Maoists call off strike

Nepal hails reprieve as Maoists call off strike

Kathmandu, May 8 (IANS) Nepal bustled with frantic early morning activities Saturday, making best use of a reprieve

after the opposition Maoist party called off a general strike that had kept the country paralysed for six days.

Vehicles were back on streets and highways that had been deserted since May 2

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