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2016-12-05 Jayalalitha: Thousands mourn colourful politician Apollo Hospital, Chennai, Southern India
C. 2016-06-16 Indonesian province prepares to tow migrant boat out to sea Aceh
D. 2014-07-04 Australia in row over Tamil refugees Australia
4. 2006-06-07 Sri Lanka, Tamil rebels hold meeting Norway
F. 2003-02-06 Human rights top Sri Lanka talks Berlin
6. 2002-11-01 Breakthrough for Sri Lanka peace hopes Thailand
7. 2002-09-17 Progress at Sri Lanka peace talks Thailand
I. 2002-09-16 Talks between Sri Lanka and Tamil rebels Thailand

Sri Lanka: Tamil leader has been killed
Jayalalitha: Thousands mourn colourful politician Map of Apollo Hospital Chennai India  Southern India: Thousands of mourners are flocking to pay their respects to J Jayalalitha, 68-year-old chief minister of Tamil Nadu state Indonesian province prepares to tow migrant boat out to sea  Aceh: Aceh is preparing to tow a boat with more than 40 Tamil men, women and children out to sea after rescuing it last weekend Australia in row over Tamil refugees Tamil party wins north S Lanka vote Refugee camps 'to be opened next month' US 'to quiz Sri Lanka army chief' UNICEF: Sri Lanka expels official Tamils 'facing misery' Sri Lanka rejects Tigers' offer Sri Lanka leader hails 'victory'

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  In a speech to the parliament, Mahinda Rajapaksa has declared the country 'liberated' from Tamil Tiger rebels after a 26-year war
  The government said its forces had killed Tamil rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran as he attempted to flee

  Ministry of Defense: Sri Lankan government soldiers seized the last remaining coastal stretch under the control of Tamil Tiger rebels
 The seizure marks the total capture of coastline territory previously controlled by the rebels,
  President says civil war in 'final phase'  Quarter-century-long civil war is in its final phase, the government suggested, as its troops pounded Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's no... May.13 Tamil war zone hospital hit again May.9 British journalists held after news report Apr.26 Rebels call ceasefire Apr.22 Tamil Tigers urged to surrender. UN Security Council Apr.21   Deadline passes for Tamil rebels  Tamil rebels faced another possible onslaught from government forces, as a mid-day deadline for them to surrender passed Feb.20 Tamil Tiger planes raid Colombo Map of Colombo Sri Lanka  2 planes belonging to rebels have attacked the capital Colombo, killing two people and injuring about 45. Both planes were downed Feb.18 70,000 trapped in Sri Lanka war zone Feb.16 Tamil Tigers 'target civilians' Feb.5 Rebel naval base captured   Sri Lanka rejects dialogue appeal
  The government has rejected a call by international donors for Tamil Tiger rebels to negotiate terms of surrender with the government
Feb.3 President predicts rapid win
  Mahinda Rajapaksa has said the Tamil Tiger rebels will be 'completely defeated in a few days' and asked people who fled the country to return
  Sri Lanka Tigers urged to end war  The US, EU, Japan and Norway have urged Tamil Tiger rebels to lay down their arms and discuss ending hostilities with the government Jan.1     Sri Lanka troops enter rebel HQ  Soldiers have entered the Tamil Tiger rebels' de facto capital Kilinochchi in the north for the first time in a decade

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Nov.14   Army 'takes Tiger base' Map of Pooneryn Sri Lanka
  Soldiers have entered the strategically important stronghold of Pooneryn, according to the ministry of defence
Oct.28 Tamil Tigers carried out air strikes
  Rebels have carried out air strikes on oil tanks near the capital and an army camp in Mannar, north-western Sri Lanka Sep.18 Sea battle off Sri Lankan coast
  The navy has fought a sea battle with Tamil rebels, a day after what the military described as the heaviest day of fighting in weeks
Sep.8 S Lanka 'shoots down rebel plane'  The aircraft, belonging to the Tamil Tigers, was intercepted by fighter jets after it attempted to bomb a military airfield in the north of the... Aug.30 Bomb injures dozens in Sri Lankan capital
  A bomb blast blamed on separatist Tamil Tigers wounded 45 people, while renewed fighting in the north killed 19 rebels and six soldiers
Jul.21   Tamil Tigers announce cease-fire
  Tamil Tigers: a new round of peace talks on ending the civil war is impossible as long as the government presses ahead with a military offensive
Mar.24   Military: 30 rebels die in clashes
  Government troops and Tamil rebels fought scattered battles across in fresh fighting that killed 30 rebel fighters and four soldiers
Feb.7   Amnesty warning over Sri Lanka
  Military destroyed 6 Tamil Tiger bunkers during clashes that killed 5 guerrillas and 1 soldier, while a rights group warned that violence is escalating

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Dec.27   Airstrike 'destroys Tamil base'
  A Tamil naval base in the north was destroyed, a day after a fierce sea battle and a wave of infantry attacks
Dec.26   Sea clash 'kills 40 Tamil rebels
Map of Delft Sri Lanka  Tamil Tiger rebels, ignoring a call for a truce, attacked a Navy convoy off the northern coast. Claims of damage and casualties vary widely Nov.7   Troops kill 30 Tamil Tigers  A fierce battle between soldiers and rebels raged across the front lines in northern Sri Lanka, killing 30 rebels and six soldiers Nov.2 Senior Tamil Tiger leader killed   SP Thamilselvan has been killed in a government air raid. He was the head of the rebels' political wing Jul.7   28 killed in sea battle
  A fierce sea clash erupted between navy and Tamil Tiger rebels off the country's east coast. 15 rebel boats tried to attack naval boats
May.23 Tamil Tigers launch naval attack
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  The rebels say they have killed 35 Sri Lankan sailors in an attack on a navy base on the Jaffna peninsula in the north of the country
May.5 Rebels die in navy raid
  A number of Tamil Tigers have been killed in a sea battle off the north-eastern coast
Apr.28 Tamil Tigers attack fuel installations Map of Colombo Sri Lanka  The rebel group has claimed responsibility for the bombing of 2 installations that prompted heavy security, a 2-hour blackout in Colombo Apr.23 Tamil Tigers 'launch air strike' Apr.3 Tamil Tigers 'never backed truce'
  The leader of a key breakaway group says the main organisation's head was never serious about the peace process
Mar.25 Attack on Colombo air force base   Tamil Tigers bombed an air force base next to international airport north of Colombo from light aircraft before dawn Jan.5 10 detained over bus bomb  A bomb near the capital killed 6, and authorities strongly suspect separatist Tamil rebels in the blast

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Dec.18 Tigers 'abduct' 24 schoolchildren  Tamil rebels have kidnapped 24 schoolchildren, mostly teenagers, in eastern Sri Lanka Nov.13   S Lanka 'recruits child fighters'
  United Nations: the government forces have been recruiting children to fight against the Tamil Tiger rebels
Oct.17 Naval port 'attacked'
Oct.16   Blast sparks air raids  The government has launched strikes on Tamil Tiger positions after suicide attack on the convoy Aug.13   Tamil Tigers deny peace overture
  Rebels say peace talks with the government are 'impossible' while fighting continues
Aug.11 Military 'in new front' Aug.8   Key water supply reopened
  Government troops reopened a disputed reservoir that was the focus of weeks of fierce fighting with Tamil rebels
Grenade attack kills 2
  Police believe Tamil Tiger rebels may be responsible for detonating a grenade in the capital
Aug.3   Envoy ready for Sri Lanka talks
  A Norwegian envoy has arrived amid fierce fighting between the army and Tamil Tiger rebels in the north-eastern town
Jun.7 Sri Lanka, Tamil rebels hold meeting. Norway May.12 Tamil rebels warn truce monitors May.11 Crisis talks after raid Apr.27   Tamil attacks kill 5 soldiers
  3 soldiers were killed when suspected Tamil Tiger rebels exploded a mine near the town of Mannar
Apr.25   Military strikes on Tamil bases  A military has carried out air strikes on rebel bases, a day after a suicide bomb attack on army headquarters Apr.15 Peace talks in doubt
  Tamil Tiger rebels are threatening to pull out of talks because of a row over the safe transport of regional leaders
Jan.6   Five dead in sea attack  At least 5 sailors are dead and 10 missing after a navy boat was ambushed by suspected Tamil Tiger rebel

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Aug.18 Tamil Tigers agree to peace talks Map of Colombo Sri Lanka
  The rebels have agreed to hold direct talks with the Colombo government.
Aug.14   President blames rebels
  Chandrika Kumaratunga has laid the blame for assassination of Foreign Minister directly on the Tamil Tigers
Aug.12 Foreign Minister killed
Map of Colombo Sri Lanka
  Lakshman Kadirgamar has been assassinated in a gun attack in Colombo. The murder was blamed on the Tamil Tigers
Jun.24     Tsunami aid deal signed
  The government and Tamil Tiger rebels have signed a controversial aid-sharing deal
Jan.8     Politics limits Annan's trip
  Secretary-General agreed to a government request not to visit disaster-stricken areas controlled by Tamil Tigers

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Jul.24   Tiger rebel's aides 'shot dead'
Map of Colombo Sri Lanka
  Tamil Tiger rebels say 8 top aides of a breakaway rebel leader have been shot dead in a suburb of Colombo

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Feb.6 Human rights top Sri Lanka talks
  Berlin: Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan Government are meeting for a 5th round of peace talks
Jan.6   Thousands wait on talks
  Peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tigers have entered a second day

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Nov.1 Breakthrough for Sri Lanka peace hopes   Thailand: The government and Tamil rebels have agreed on a joint committee to develop areas ravaged by conflict Oct.31 200-year sentence for Tamil Tiger leader
  Vellupillai Probakharan, who lives in rebel-controlled territory, was sentenced in absentia for a deadly truck bombing in 1996 Sep.17 Progress at Sri Lanka peace talks
   Thailand: Agreement between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels was reached in several areas, particularly on economic issues
Sep.16 Talks between Sri Lanka and Tamil rebels. Thailand Sep.4 Tamil Tiger ban lifted Aug.14 Date set for peace talks
  Peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels will start in mid-September in Thailand
Apr.10   Tamil Tiger chief 'wants peace'
  Velupillai Prabhakaran insisted the government must lift its ban on his organisation before direct talks Mar.28   Direct talks in conflict
  Thailand will be the venue for historic face-to-face talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels

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Oct.30 Tamil suicide boat rams tanker
  Boat packed with explosives has rammed an oil tanker, setting the ship on fire. 3 people are missing
Aug.26   Sri Lanka hits back after rebel attacks
  Troops have killed 6 Tamil Tiger rebels in ground attack after a Tigers killed 40
Aug.20 Tamil Tigers killed 25 Jul.23 Tamil Tigers attack air force base  Rebels fire mortar shells and set afire at least one bomber. Iinternational airport was closed down

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