Sri Lanka leader rules out autonomy for Tamils

Updated 05 February 2013
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Sri Lanka leader rules out autonomy for Tamils

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s president has ruled out allowing minority Tamils greater political autonomy as a solution to a decades-long ethnic conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.
In his independence day speech Monday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised “equal rights to all communities” as a practical way to bring about ethnic harmony.
Rajapaksa is under international pressure to keep his promise to give greater power to the ethnic Tamil majority in the north after he defeated separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the country’s quarter-century civil war. According to a United Nations estimate, 80,000 to 100,000 people were killed during the war, but other reports suggest it could be much higher.
Rajapaksa has long promised the United Nations and other countries that he would offer power sharing as an alternative to secession.


Germany wants to deport alleged former bin Laden follower

Updated 25 April 2018
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Germany wants to deport alleged former bin Laden follower

  • Germany to deport a Tunisian follower of Al-Qaeda's Bin Laden
  • Berlin is seeking assurances from the Tunisian government not to torture Sami A.

BERLIN: The German government says it is trying to deport a former follower of Osama bin Laden despite court rulings barring his transfer to Tunisia.
The case of Sami A., whose full name wasn’t released, has caused anger in Germany after it was revealed that he receives monthly state benefits of 1,168 euros ($1,427).
Responding to queries from the Alternative for Germany party, the government of North Rhine-Westphalia state said the 42-year-old can’t be deported because he might face torture in Tunisia.
Germany wants diplomatic assurances from Tunisia he won’t be tortured, but that these haven’t been forthcoming yet.
A spokesman for the federal interior ministry, Harald Neymanns, said Wednesday “there are attempts to deport the former bodyguard of bin Laden” and a ministerial task force will examine the case soon.