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Sri Lanka Justices to Hear Appeal on Presidential Candidate's Arrest

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has cleared the way for an appeal to be heard challenging the arrest of former military chief and Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka. The Sri Lankan high court has cleared the way for a hearing later this month on a fundamental rights petition concerning the detention of former General Fonseka. Justices also ordered the government to allow him to have access to visiting family members and medicine. The political opposition contends Fonseka's arrest Monday on conspiracy charges was illegal.

Sri Lanka Chooses Tuesday between Incumbent President and His Former Top General

An unusual political irony is reaching a climax on the South Asian island nation of Sri Lanka. The two proclaimed heroes of the recently-ended quarter century civil war, who are openly accusing each other of war crimes, are facing off in the country's presidential election Tuesday. The two Sinhalese Buddhists have focused their campaigns on persuading the minority, mostly Hindu, Tamils, who bore the brunt of the war, to vote for them. The election is being closely watched by international agencies and donor governments.

Sri Lankan President Woos Tamils

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Tuesday that the government will spend billions of dollars this year to rebuild infrastructure in the war-shattered north and east. He also is offering to consider political demands of the minority Tamil community, such as power sharing-arrangements in parliament and greater autonomy in Tamil dominated areas.    The promise comes just days after the president visited Jaffna in the north -- the heartland of the Tamils.  The government has taken other steps, in recent weeks, to improve conditions for Tamil civilians, who were affected by the military cam

Sri Lanka to Boost Investment in Tamil Provinces Devastated by Civil War

Sri Lanka plans to pour development money into Tamil-dominated provinces that suffered economically during years of civil war.

Sri Lanka Objects to US Plan to Interview Army Chief

Sri Lanka has raised strong objections to plans by United States authorities to interview the country's army chief, who is currently visiting the country. The Sri Lankan government expects the general to be questioned about alleged war crimes committed during the country's civil war. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama wants the U.S.