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Satellite shows Sri Lanka shelling, says rights group

Satellite images of Sri Lanka's war zone indicate the government has shelled the area in recent days, a rights group said on Wednesday.

UN decries Sri Lanka ‘bloodbath’

The UN condemned a ''bloodbath'' in Sri Lanka on Monday after two days of shelling that a government doctor said killed 1 000 civilians.

Sri Lanka to open safe passages for civilians to flee

The government appealed on Friday for civilians to flee the war zone and said it would open two safe passages in the area for the exodus.

Rights group appeals for release of Sri Lankan civilians

Human Rights Watch called on Thursday on the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigerss to allow civilians trapped in the war zone to flee to safety.

Official: 40 civilians die daily in Sri Lanka war

Fighting between government forces and rebels are killing about 40 civilians every day, the top health official in the region said on Friday.

Sri Lanka urges rebels to let civilians flee war zone

Sri Lanka's president urged the Tiger rebels on Friday to allow about 250 000 civilians trapped in the northern war zone to flee to safety.

Thousands of civilians flee Tigers-held territory

Thousands have fled Sri Lanka's northern war zone in recent days, crossing the front lines amid fierce fighting, the military said on Friday.

Israel vows to press ahead with offensive

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Sunday he would push ahead with the army's widescale offensive in the Gaza Strip, saying the fight to free an abducted soldier and stop militant rocket fire would last for a ''long time''. The 12-day-old operation has caused widespread destruction in Gaza, left 51 Palestinians dead and led to international complaints that Israel was using excessive force.

Ariel Sharon fights for his life

A hospital official said early on Friday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remains in serious condition and will be in a medically induced coma the immediate future after a massive stroke, as Israelis and Palestinians grappled with the likelihood that the man who dominated politics in the region for decades would never return to power.

Palestinians launch rocket attacks

Palestinians fired a barrage of homemade rockets and mortar shells at Gaza Strip settlements and towns inside Israel in retaliation for the killing of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi, Israel said on Tuesday. Over two days, 15 Qassam rockets hit Israeli targets, wounding one Israeli and damaging at least five structures, the army said.

‘It’s a real nightmare’

A suicide bomber blew himself up on a bus in Jerusalem on Thursday, killing at least 10 bystanders and wounding about 30 in an attack outside Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's official residence, police and paramedics said. Sharon was not in the area. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

‘It’s a nightmare, you can smell the blood’

A suicide bomber blew up on a bus in Jerusalem on Thursday, killing at least 10 bystanders and wounding about 30 in an attack outside Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's official residence, police and paramedics said. The prime minister wasn't in the area.

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