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Tamil Guardian 29 August 2014
Basil blames NPC for lack of development
Sri Lanka's Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa blamed the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) for the lack of development in the area, stating that the government's development plan had slowed down since the NPC took charge, reports The Hindu.

“They have not done anything yet,” he told reporters, adding that the NPC should use the powers at hand before demanding more devolution.

His comments are at stark odds with those from within the NPC however, who have increasingly criticised the government's restrictions and withholding of funds.

Earlier this year the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran slammed President Rajapaksa's failure to uphold pledges made to the NPC.


Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
UK country guidance on ‘Tamil separatism’ highlights human rights violations by Sri Lanka

The UK Home Office issued a new asylum country guidance report on ‘Tamil Separatism’ on Thursday, drawing on several reports detailing human rights violations by Sri Lanka against Tamil separatists and people that are perceived to be.

The report provides “guidance to Home Office decision makers on handling [asylum] claims made by nationals/residents of - as well as country of origin information (COI) about – Sri Lanka”.

In its summary, the Home Office says that “being of Tamil ethnicity would not in itself warrant international protection”, even if the person proves “past membership or connection to the LTTE”.

However someone “perceived to be a threat to the State”, by having or perceived to be having a “significant role in relation to post-conflict Tamil separatism within the diaspora and/or a renewal of hostilities within Sri Lanka” are considered at risk and asylum will normally be appropriate.

The summary further held that participating in Diaspora activities such as attending protests “in itself is not considered evidence that a person is a committed Tamil activist seeking to promote Tamil separatism”, and that cases should be considered on the available evidence.

Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
Minister Bernier celebrates Tamil business success in Canada

Canada's Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, Maxime Bernier, celebrated the success and entrepreneurial spirit of the Tamil community in Canada, highlighting their contributions to the Canadian economy.

As part of the Canadian federal government’s pre-budgetary consultations Minister Bernier met with representatives of the Canadian Tamils' Chamber of Commerce (CTCC) in Toronto on Wednesday.

“I can see they have a huge impact, like other small business owners, they’re the true Canadians," Minister Bernier told the Tamil Guardian following the meeting.

“They’re very good entrepreneurs, it’s a plus for us as Canadians to have these entrepreneurs with us,” said the minister, who was
Canada's foreign affairs minister during the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. 


Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
Dead body recovered from lagoon in Eastern Province
The body of a 66-year old man was recovered from Santhiveli Lagoon in Eravoor this week, reports Eastern Province-based website Batti news.

Arumugam Sithamparampillai had left his home in Santhiveli on Tuesday to attend to his livestock in a neighbouring village. His body was discovered later that evening floating in the lagoon by his son, who had gone out to fish.

The police, lead by officer M.S.M Nazeer, are currently investigating the death.

Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
Sri Lanka looks to make political solution for Tamils irrelevant - TNA tells India
Sri Lanka is working to make a political solution for Tamils irrelevant by breaking the linguistic and cultural contiguity in the North-East by militarisation and resettlement of Sinhalese families, the leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) told Indian press on Wednesday.

Their objective is also to change the composition and change the cultural and linguistic identity of Tamil regions. The most urgent need is that this should end. It is their hope that if they continue with this, a political solution for Tamils will be irrelevant, a solution would become redundant and they can have their own way,” said R Sampanthan.

Sampanthan’s comments come after the TNA delegation travelled to India to hold talks with Prime Minister Modi regarding the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka.


Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
Navi Pillay 'not disturbed' by Sri Lankan criticism

UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, has said that she remains unfazed by derogatory remarks and accusations made against her by Sri Lankan officials.

Speaking to CNN just days before the end of her term, Ms Pillay said that she was not disturbed by criticism from Sri Lanka, calling her a "Tamil Tigress", nor from other countries such as Israel which has attacked her for her stance on Gaza.

"I am supremely confident that I speak with moral authority," the High Commissioner told CNN's Christiane Amanpour when asked about such remarks.


Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
India funds development projects worth Rs. 365 million for Jaffna
The Indian government has announced the funding of two major development projects in Jaffna, worth a total of Rs. 365 million.

A grant of Rs. 145 million has been allocated towards renovation of the Duraiappah Stadium, with another Rs. 220 million granted to set up the Atchchuvely Industrial Estate.

Indian High Commissioner Y. K. Sinha said the Industrial Estate “is expected to attract potential investors, from within and outside Sri Lanka” with access to the area increased once the Northern Railway Project, also financed by India, is completed. The rail project is scheduled to be completed in September 2015.


Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
Police station opened to 'establish law and order' in North-East
The Sri Lankan government announced the opening of a new police station in Nilaveli, Trincomalee this week, reports ColomboPage.

The 436 Police station was built on two acres of land in the Eastern Province at a cost of  Rs. 12.1 million.

Sri Lanka Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana commented,
“This Police Station was built to start a civil control through establishing law and order that was disrupted in the North and East area, while specially providing facilities needed by the people of the North and East."


Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
2 Indians arrested in Sri Lanka over video footage of parliament
Sri Lankan police arrested two Indian citizens Tuesday for allegedly recording and  possessing photographs and video footage of Parliament and the Prime Minister's residence, reports PTI

The men, who have not been identified, were arrested on a tipoff whilst travelling in a three wheeler taxi in Colombo, the police spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said.

According to the Sri Lankan paper, News First, Rohana added that the two men were from Chennai.

Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
SL missions in Europe discuss how to counter human rights campaigns
Sri Lanka's missions in Europe met with the External Affairs Minister GL Peiris this week, to review progress and discuss "initiatives to counter campaigns against the country, using human rights and other issues as political tools", Colombo Page reports.

The meeting included Sri Lanka's ambassadors in France, Germany and Italy, as well as the country's Permanent Representative at the United Nations in Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinha.

Making suggestions regarding a "coordinated strategy", the envoys reportedly gave "perspectives of special relevance to the countries in which they are serving".


Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
Locals clash with police over government land surveying in Trinco
Locals in Trincomalee district clashed with police after government officials attempted to survey land in Trincomalee, Pulmoddai and Arisimalai.

A 54 year old local man, Abookkar, was admitted to Pulmoddai hospital with injuries.

Locals rushed to the scene in protest, when s
urveyors arrived Tuesday morning at 8.30am escorted by armed police, Batticaloa News reports.

The locals, who said they were displaced from their homes and currently staying at relatives' houses in Pulmoddai, demanded that the land surveying be halted, stating that it was being done to divide the villages of Ponmalaikuda, Veerantheevu and Theththavadi.


Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
'We would have to go to war' to retrieve Katchatheevu says Indian attorney general

The Indian Supreme Court has heard that retrieving the small island of Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka will impossible, reported the Times of India.

"The island was given to Sri Lanka on the basis of a bilateral agreement in 1974. To retrieve it now, we have to go to war," attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told the court.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and opposition leader M Karunanidhi are presenting petitions to the Supreme Court next week, calling for a retrieval of the uninhabited island in the Palk Strait.

Tamil Nadu’s assembly some years ago unanimously passed a resolution moved by Jayalalithaa, calling on the government of India to take “immediate steps to retrieve Katchatheevu Island ceded in 1970 to Sri Lanka".

Katchatheevu has been used by fishermen of both countries for decades, however Tamil Nadu fishermen are routinely arrested and harassed by the Sri Lankan Navy.


Tamil Guardian 26 August 2014
TESO calls for Rajapaksa to be barred from addressing UN

The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) called on the United Nations to bar Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa from addressing the General Assembly, in a series of resolutions passed on Monday.

TESO, headed by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M Karunanidhi, held the meeting, passing a resolution that stated,

“Since he denied entry to the UN team, neither Mr Rajapaksa nor any representative from Sri Lanka be allowed to address the UN General Assembly.”

Commenting on the United Nations General Assembly meet, the resolution further added that,

"Sri Lanka must not be allowed in the meet as it did not allow a UN investigation panel to probe rights violation there."

Karunanidhi, Dravidar Kazhagam leader K Veeramani and VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan were all present at the meeting in Chennai, where the organisation also urged the Indian government to "expedite necessary steps" towards a political solution for Tamils on the island.          

See more from the Hindu here, Times of India here and New Indian Express here.

Tamil Guardian 26 August 2014
Australia sued over asylum seekers' healthcare

A class action case is being brought against the Australian government citing inadequate provision of healthcare for asylum seekers detained on Christmas Island.

The case has been filed with a six year old asylum seeker as the main plaintiff, at Victoria's Supreme Court.

"It seeks compensation for injuries as well as Court orders that the government and the Minister for Immigration provide the medical care that injured asylum seekers require," the law firm Maurice Blackburn, said in a statement.

Many Tamils from the North-East of Sri Lanka are being detained on Christmas Island, after fleeing the country by boat.


Tamil Guardian 26 August 2014
Rights groups urge UNHRC to take action over intimidation by Sri Lanka

Six key human rights groups have urged the President of the UN Human Rights Council to condemn Sri Lanka's ongoing intimidation and harassment of rights activists who work with the UN body.

In a joint letter published Monday, the NGOs - Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Movement Against Discrimination and All Form of Racism (IMADR) and International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) - called on the UNHRC president "to take the meaningful steps necessary to protect human rights defenders and other individuals from intimidation and reprisals in connection with their cooperation with the UN."

"The UN Human Rights Council also has a responsibility to protect those who engage with it from intimidation and reprisals. In this regard, we call on the Council, through its President, to condemn the systematic reprisals faced by Sri Lankan human rights defenders and other individuals as well as to remind Sri Lanka of its obligation to ensure that all persons can exercise their right to free and unhindered access to UN human rights mechanisms," the groups said.


Tamil Guardian 26 August 2014
Sri Lankan Army set fixture at Hindu festival


The Sri Lankan military distributed food parcels at the Nallur Kandaswamy temple festival in Jaffna for the third year running, from a special stall set up and manned by army personnel.

The army stall has become a set fixture of the annual festival, the largest gathering of Tamils on the island.

Tamil Guardian 26 August 2014
Import tax on onions and potatoes increased to ‘safeguard local farmers’

Sri Lanka’s Finance Ministry announced that the special commodity levy on imported big onions and potatoes has been increased in order to safeguard local farmers reported the Daily Mirror.

The levy on imported big onions was increased from Rs25 to Rs35 a kilo while the levy on imported potatoes was increased from Rs15 to Rs25 a kilo.

This is the second increase on imports of these goods in a month, with the levy initially set at Rs10 and Rs5 for the onions and potatoes respectively.

Tamil Guardian 26 August 2014
Pope to visit Mannar's Madhu shrine

Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu in Mannar during his upcoming trip to the the island of Sri Lanka, the Vatican Insider reports.

Earlier this year, the Tamil civil society groups, called on the Pope to visit the Tamil areas in the North and East, in order to view the ongoing plight of the Tamil people.

“We are confident that Your Holiness will appreciate, following your visit to Sri Lanka, that Sri Lanka is not merely lacking in ‘reconciliation’ but that the problem is far worse than that - as we have tried to describe above, the problem is one of consolidating an ethnocratic state. Your Holiness will no doubt recall that it is this ethnocratic project that led the Tamil people to take up arms against the Sri Lankan state," the Tamil Civil Society Forum wrote in a letter to Pope Francis. See here.


 International Affairs
Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
Islamic State militants execute over 150 prisinors, US to formulate plan to combat militants
Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria executed over 150 Syrian troops that were captured in the North-east of the country, reports the Independent.

The Britain based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 120 government troops were killed near the Tabqa airfield by IS fighters.

The US President in a press brief today said that though a strategy was yet to be decided, the US Defense Secretary had been instructed to formulate a plan to combat Islamic State (IS) militants.

The latest killings come as the UN accused both the Syrian government and rebel factions of committing war crimes.

Syria and rebels committed war crimes – UN (27 August 2014)
Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
UN peacekeepers detained in Golan Heights

Members of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (Undof) in Syria’s Golan Heights are being held by an “armed group” according to the UN.

A UN spokesperson said the 43 peacekeepers were detained "during a period of increased fighting beginning yesterday between armed elements and Syrian Arab Armed Forces within the area of separation".

"The United Nations is making every effort to secure the release of the detained peacekeepers, and to restore the full freedom of movement of the force throughout its area of operation."

The capture, by an unspecified group, comes a day after Syrian rebels gained control of a border crossing into Israel.

Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
Over 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine – NATO

More than a thousand Russian troops are operating inside Ukrainian territory according to NATO, who released satellite images showing forces with heavy weaponry.

"Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia's military interference in Ukraine," Dutch Brigadier-General Nico Tak, head of NATO's crisis management centre said according to Reuters.

"We assess well over 1,000 Russian troops are now operating inside Ukraine," he said, referring to Russia's actions as "incursions" rather than an invasion. "They are supporting separatists (and) fighting with them."

"We have also detected large quantities of advanced weapons, including air defence systems, artillery, tanks and armoured personnel carriers being transferred to separatist forces in eastern Ukraine," he said.

The UN security council was meeting in emergency session, and NATO and EU leaders will consider a response on Friday, but Russia denied that its troops where in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Peter Poroschenko also said that Russians were supporting pro-Moscow rebels, who captured Novoazovsk and other parts of southeast Ukraine.

Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
India to discuss Kashmir and Jammu with Pakistan, rejects Kashmiri separatists as stakeholders
India expressed its intention of discussing the issue of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan during future bilateral talks, reports The Economic Times of India.

Responding to comments made by the Pakistani government on the need for dialogue on Kashmir in discussions, the Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson made clear that the issues of Jammu and Kashmir were included in the bi-lateral discussions framework of the Simla pact and Lahore Declaration.

"As regards engagement with Pakistan, we have made it very clear that we will engage in the framework of Simla agreement and Lahore Declaration and both these provide for discussing all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir. Our view is very clear, a bilateral framework to discuss all outstanding issues,
including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir," said Syed Akbaruddin.

India however rejected Pakistan’s claims that Kashmir’s separatists were legitimate stakeholders, stating that the issue was to be resolved between India and Pakistan.

A meeting between Indian and Pakistani Foreign Secretaries in Islamabad was canceled by New Delhi this week after Pakistan's ambassador to India met with separatist leaders from Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
Spanish PM rallies against Catalan referendum amidst warning of investor backlash
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has condemned a planned referendum on the independence of Catalonia, as a senior independence movement leader warned Madrid that it faced an international backlash from investors.

Rajoy criticised the proposed vote, saying,
“I have not changed my opinion on the subject... There is and there will not be a referendum... It’s crazy what is being planned right now and it is deeply negative for Catalan society and Spanish society.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel weighed in on the subject and backed Rajoy, stating,
"I can say that everything he has said in the past and which he repeats now seems very logical.”
The vote, which is currently planned to take place on the 9th of November, is widely expected to be blocked by Spanish authorities, with the country's Constitutional Court set to rule on its legality.

Speaking on the upcoming ruling, Oriol Junqueras, the leader of the Catalonia’s Esquerra Republicana party told the Financial Times in an interview,
“How can the constitutional tribunal say that it is illegal for citizens to vote? It just makes no sense . . . I believe the right to vote stands above the decisions of a political tribunal.”
Junqueras went on to warn Spanish authorities that blocking the planned vote may lead to a backlash from investors, adding,
“The Spanish state has €1tn of debt. This debt will have to be paid with our taxes, so I don’t believe that the best way for the Spanish state to meet its financial obligations is to clash with its own citizens.”
“If I was an investor I would be more calm knowing that there is an independent Catalonia that is ready to comply with its obligations than having a kingdom of Spain that is in confrontation with its own citizens."
Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
UN warns Detroit over disconnection of water supply to thousands of residents

The water situation in the US city of Detroit has been described by the UN as “an affront to human rights”.

Around a third of the total population in the city, which declared bankruptcy last year, are faced with having their water supply cut off as they are unable to pay their bill, The Times reported.

“Sick people have been left without running water and working toilets. People recovering from surgery cannot wash and change bandages. Children cannot bathe and parents cannot cook,” said a report, submitted by activists to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water Sanitation.

UN experts say that many of the families are too poor to pay, and that disconnecting the supply would “constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights”.

According to The Times, leaked documents suggest that around half of the city’s population are behind on their water payments. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department started cutting off nearly 3,000 households a week, but the disconnections were halted after global criticism. The department is due to resume disconnections this week.

Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
Missing West Papuan independence activist found dead
Martinus Yohame. Photograph FWPC

The senior West Papuan independence activist, Martinus Yohame, who went missing on August 20, was found dead on Monday.
His body was found floating inside a gunny sack by Nana island, with bullet injuries and his arms and legs tied up, reports Radio New Zealand.

“It’s very shocking that the body was found inside a gunny sack floating on the sea,” West Papua human rights lawyer Yan Christian Warinussy told The Jakarta Post.

Yohame, chair of the West Papuan National Committee (KNPB) in the Sorong region, went missing hours after speaking at a press conference, where he condemned Indonesia's occupation of West Papua and led a local campaign against the presence of the Indonesian president, who was near by at the time, visiting islands of Raja Ampat.

Condemning the kidnapping and murder of Yohame, West Papuan activists have accused Indonesia's Special Forces, the Kopassus, of being responsible.


Tamil Guardian 28 August 2014
Sanctions placed on Libya by UN Security Council
A resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya and sanctions against those involved in the escalating violence between militias was passed at the United Security Council on Wednesday, reports the BBC.

The resolution outlined sanctions that would target individuals and groups that endanger the security of Libya and impede the political transition and a tightened arms embargo forcing approval of any sale of transfer of arms to the country.

Libya has faced increasing political turmoil as militant groups supporting rival leaders in different regions of the country have clashed.


Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
Syria and rebels committed war crimes – UN

The UN has accused the Syrian government and rebels opposed to it of committing war crimes in Syria.

A report released by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic details abuses by Islamic State and other rebel groups fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The government is thought to have conducted chemical attacks eight times this year alone and used barrel bombs on civilian areas.

"In some instances, there is clear evidence that civilian gatherings were deliberately targeted" by government forces, the investigators said.

"In government prisons, detainees were subjected to horrific torture and sexual assault."


Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
5 Serbs indicted for war crimes in Kosovo
Five Serbs were indicted in Kosovo for alleged war crimes against ethnic Albanians during 1999 and 2000.

The five, which includes a leading Kosovo Serb politician, Oliver Ivanovic, pleaded not guilty at the opening of the trial on Tuesday.

"I am absolutely not guilty," said Ivanovic, who was arrested in January and accused of inciting paramilitaries to commit atrocities against civilians on April 14, 1999.

The other four indicted Serbs are Dragoljub Delibašić, Ilija Vujačić, Nebojša Vujačić, and Aleksandar Lazović.


Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
South Sudan rebels deny shooting down UN helicopter

Rebels in South Sudan have denied shooting down a UN helicopter, which crashed on Tuesday, killing 3 and injuring one of those on board.

The rebel SPLM dismissed the claims made by the South Sudanese army as government propaganda.

"The SPLM/SPLA [in Opposition] would like to take this opportunity to refute these malicious allegations levelled by the propaganda machine of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS)," said the statement, which bore the signature of Mabior Garang de Mabior, the chairperson of the committee for information and public relations.

"The area in which the plane was reportedly shot down is government-held territory, if indeed the aircraft was shot down. It is unfortunate that the GRSS propaganda machine is trying to capitalise on this unfortunate event to score political points,"

According to the Sudan Tribune, rebel brigadier-general Lul Ruai Koang pledged to assist any investigations.

Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
Ukraine detains Russian soldiers
Ukraine detained a group of Russian paratroopers that had crossed the border into eastern Ukraine , on Tuesday, reports the Washington Post.

The Ukrainian army detained 10 armed Russian military personnel in the Donetsk region said the Ukraine’s military spokesperson.

Sources in Moscow said that the men captured in the Donetsk region were serving Russian soldiers who had crossed the border by mistake, reports The Guardian.

"The soldiers really did participate in a patrol of a section of the Russian-Ukrainian border, crossed it by accident on an unmarked section, and as far as we understand showed no resistance to the armed forces of Ukraine when they were detained," a source in Russia's defence ministry told the RIA Novosti agency.
Tamil Guardian 27 August 2014
UN helicopter reportedly shot down in South Sudan, 3 dead

Three people have been killed after a United Nations helicopter crashed in South Sudan, with unconfirmed reports that it had been shot down.

The helicopter crew were all Russian citizens. The helicopter’s owners, Russian airline UTair, stated that,

"According to preliminary information, the helicopter was shot down with surface-to-air fire."

One crew member survived and is currently reciving hospital treatment. 

A United Nations official told AP news agency that the Mi-8 helicopter was shot down.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) meanwhile, stated it is “launching an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.”

The incident comes after South Sudanese rebel commander Peter Gadet warned the United Nations not to fly any aircraft over territory which his group currently controls, according to the governor of Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state, Akol Ayom Wek.

See more from BBC here, AP here and Reuters here.

Tamil Guardian 26 August 2014
Obama authorises reconnaissance flights over Syria

President Barack Obama has approved surveillance flights over Syria to gain information on Islamic State militants.

The flights, which are reported to have commenced on Tuesday, are widely seen as a precursor for expanding the range of US airstrikes on IS positions in Iraq into Syria, according to The Guardian.

US officials ruled out cooperating with the Syrian government on fighting IS.

“It is not the case that the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” said Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to the New York Times.

“Joining forces with Assad would essentially permanently alienate the Sunni population in both Syria and Iraq, who are necessary to dislodging [IS].”

Syria on Monday offered to help the US in its fight against IS.

Tamil Guardian 26 August 2014
‘Long-term truce’ agreed between Palestinians and Israel

A long-term truce has been agreed between Israelis and Palestinians, after intense negotiations, brokered by Egypt.

Palestinian and Egyptian officials announced the end to 7-weeks of fighting, which killed over 2,200 people, mostly Palestinian civilians.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement, “An agreement has been reached between the two sides and we are awaiting the announcement from Cairo to determine the zero hour for implementation.”

Ismail Haniya, the former Hamas prime minister in Gaza, told Al Aqsa television that “we are at the doors of political understandings that will crown our people’s steadfastness and the performance of our armed resistance.”


Tamil Guardian 25 August 2014
UAE and Egypt carry out secret airstrikes against Libyan militants
Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have secretly worked together to launch airstrikes against militants battling for control of Libya’s capital Tripoli, reports the New York Times.

Egypt and the UAE, both allies of the United States, shocked Washington by not informing the US of their strikes, senior US officials said.

The news of co-ordinated strikes against militants, comes as the militias consolidated control over Tripoli and its international airport on Sunday.
Tamil Guardian 25 August 2014
Egypt proposes ceasefire initiative to end Israeli blockade on Gaza
Egyptian mediators have proposed a new ceasefire deal that would see Gaza’s borders opened reports the BBC.

The latest initiative, proposed on Monday, calls for an indefinite ceasefire, immediate openings of Gaza's crossings with Israel and Egypt for aid and long-term talks on easing the blockade on Gaza, reports Reuters.

"There is an idea for a temporary ceasefire that opens the crossings, allows aid and reconstruction material, and the disputed points will be discussed in a month," a Palestinian official told AFP.


Tamil Guardian 25 August 2014
Syria offers to help US in fight against IS

The Syrian government says it will help the US fight Islamic State militants, who have seized huge swathes of land across Syria and Iraq.

Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Syria was "the centre of the international coalition to fight Islamic State", adding that the US must coordinate with Syria before launching attacks in its territory.

"Anything outside this is considered aggression," he said.


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