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First of 1,250 'Armani' refugees coming to America

First of 1,250 'Armani' refugees coming to America

Two dozen refugees held by Australia are on their way to the United States under a deal worked out by the Obama administration. The first of as many ...

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Sri Lanka: Buddhist mob attacks Christian pastor

Sri Lanka: Buddhist mob attacks Christian pastor

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Sri Lanka: genocide through forced contraception

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Sri Lanka: Violent dispossession of Christian churches by Buddhists

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Sri Lanka: Thousands missing three years after war ends

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Sri Lanka: Government subsidies for third child. But only for the armed forces

families of Navy, Air Force, Army and Police personnel. For an Anglican priest, it is the attempt to create a Sinhalese and Buddhist majority population. Criticism of human rights activists: risk of ethnic crisis.

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Sri Lanka: Name of war detainees to be released but only to their families

Defence Ministry makes the announcement. Survivors and human rights activists criticise the decision, seeing it as just a way to curry favour with the international community. A year ago, the government had made a similar promise, which it did not keep.

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Sri Lanka: May Day in Sri Lanka: a "senseless" political showcase

Unemployment, daily contracts, exploitation, denial of rights, meager salaries, a Catholic priest denounces the "pathetic situation" of workers on the holiday dedicated to them. An Anglican bishop criticizes President Rajapaksa’s "Wonder of Asia” project "only capable of exploiting the people."

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Sri Lanka: Six Sri Lankan fishermen held by Somali pirates are rescued

All six are Catholic from Negombo. They disappeared six months ago. They were rescued by a Spanish naval vessel, the Infanta Elena, involved in anti-piracy activity with the European Union Naval Forces. Speaking about their government, some of the wives said, "No one helped us."

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Sri Lanka: Small Christian communities to evangelise Sri Lanka

Every diocese in the country celebrates the national day for Basic Ecclesial Communities (aka Small Christian Communities). The local Bishops' Conference recognised them in 1996 as a new way of being Church. This year's theme is 'Go You are sent forth following Jesus in Mission - Small Christian ...

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Sri Lanka: In Sri Lanka, dengue fever kills 38, infects 10,000 in a few months

For the World Health Organisation (WHO), the island nation is 'category A' country in terms of infectious diseases. According to official data, 3,892 cases were reported in January, 3,004 in February and 2,421 in March. The dengue hemorrhagic fever is the most virulent form of the disease and a ...

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Sri Lanka: Cutting post-harvest losses

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Sri Lanka: Some 6,000 devout Indians and Sri Lankans mark St Anthony's together

Annual celebrations (3 and 4 March) were held on Kachchathive, an island between India and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's Navy organised the celebrations, doing some road repair and handing out food. Religious from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka co-celebrated the Eucharist.

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Sri Lanka: For peace in Sri Lanka, government should learn from past failures, say Catholic bishops

Bishops urge the government to translate all of its documents in both Tamil and Sinhalese, draw up the list of people who went missing during the civil war and dismantle all illegal armed groups. The government focuses instead on big economic projects and disregards the country's real problems, ...

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Sri Lanka: Calls mount for government action on war inquiry

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Sri Lanka: One person dies in clashes with police as fuel protests spread

Police use tear gas, water cannons and guns to stop demonstrators. Protests spread across the country. Small-scale fishermen and private bus companies are hardest hit. Social activists denounce low wages and a high cost of living.

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Sri Lanka: A photography course to protect Sri Lanka’s environment

Theoretical and practical lessons aimed at 10 Sinhalese and Tamil boys and girls between 18 and 28. An environmental organization and two former professional photographers have organized the course to educate young people about nature conservation.

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Sri Lanka: For Caritas Sri Lanka, the state has a responsibility for migrant workers

About 23 per cent of the island’s population is abroad. A seminar organised by Caritas Sri Lanka-Sedec looks at the positive (high earnings) and negative (weaker family ties) aspects of working in other countries. In 2010, migrant workers contributed LKR 279.4 billion (US$ 2.41 billion) to the ...

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Sri Lanka: Thanks to China, Sri Lanka will have the tallest tower in South Asia

The Columbus Lotus Tower will be 350 meters high and operate 50 television and radio frequencies. Beijing is the main donor for a total cost of 104.3 million dollars. The summit will house a super luxury hotel, restaurant, observation deck and a conference centre with a capacity of one thousand ...

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Sri Lanka: 300 years since the birth of Blessed Joseph Vaz, Apostle of Sri Lanka

A year of celebrations ends. Christians of the Diocese of Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Anuradhapura, Chilaw, Kurunegala and Badulla (where the priest carried out his mission) pray for his cause for canonization.

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Sri Lanka: Government criticised on anniversary of journalist’s murder

A rally is held to remember Lasantha Wickrematunga, assassinated on 8 January 2009. After three years, the police has not yet arrested the culprits. Human rights activists, civil society representatives and opposition politicians blame President Rajapaksa for the journalist’s death.

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Sri Lanka: World Vision, Christian Protestants attend the Buddhists of the north

After 15 years of work, the U.S. Christian organization has successfully completed the various development projects in the villages of North Central provinces. Primary care related to agriculture, education, health and the environment. All the inhabitants are "grateful" to World Vision for making ...

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Sri Lanka: Action against dengue beginning to pay off

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Sri Lanka: New government report offers hope for reconciliation

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Sri Lanka: The mission of Sr Eliza, the nun of Mother Teresa accused of “selling children”

United in prayer, Sri Lanka’s religious congregations have collected and sent messages of support to the Missionaries of Charity Sisters.”The Prem Niwasa is the mission to which Sr Eliza and her sisters are called to,” said Sr Bernadette Fernando, executive secretary of the Conference of Major ...

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Sri Lanka: A day of prayer for the nun of Mother Teresa's order who "sold children"

The government made an "unofficial" apology, but the church wants an official statement withdrawing all charges against Sister Eliza and the hostel for unmarried mothers. On 15 December there will be the first hearing.

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Sri Lanka: Social activists: Colombo must resolve the Tamil question

" Tamil Indians " in Sri Lanka (originally from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu) still have no right to citizenship or basic rights: work, food, home and land. Even women and children suffer discrimination. Although Sri Lanka is a signatory of the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and ...

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Sri Lanka: First hearing for Missionary of Charity charged with “selling children” postponed

Trial will open on December 15. Police ask for time for further investigation. Much criticism from the Catholic world on Church silence. Some fear that there is an attempt to encourage Buddhist orphanages behind the charge.

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Sri Lanka: Released, but awaiting trial, the sister of Mother Teresa who "sold children"

Sister Eliza, Missionary of Charity, had to change convent, hand over her passport and is prohibited from leaving the country. An anonymous phone call accuses the religious of illicit trafficking of children in their hostel for unmarried mothers.

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Sri Lanka: In Sri Lanka, economic development threatens people, fish and elephants

Policies allow land seizure, forest destruction, house demolition and threaten animals on land and sea, displacing farmers and fishermen from their villages. Humanitarian groups are calling on people to be united, demanding international support for sustainable development in lieu of the ...

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