Up to 40,000 civilians 'died in Sri Lanka offensive'

The bitter controversy surrounding the final stages of the Sri Lankan government’s operation to crush separatist rebels has been reopened after a former UN official claimed that up to 40,000 civilians may have been killed.

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Anoma Fonseka tells Andrew Buncombe she has been kept in the dark about the whereabouts of the defeated candidate

Sri Lankan general who stood for power arrested

Defeated presidential candidate accused of plotting to overthrow the President in military coup

An audience with the Sri Lankan general whose appetite for power is undimmed

Defeated in this week's presidential election, Sarath Fonseka tells Andrew Buncombe he now plans to stand in the parliamentary poll

Minister's Sri Lanka holiday outrages rights campaigners

Bradshaw jets out for Christmas break as Brown and Miliband condemn Colombo's treatment of Tamils

Tsunami victim who came back from the dead

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General who beat Tamil Tigers quits to challenge the President

Fonseka resigns amid talk of push to contest April elections

Colombo stock market plunges following New York arrests

Repercussions from Galleon insider dealing charges felt from US to Asia

Interned Tamil refugees face two-year wait to return home

International concern mounts after Red Cross denied access to camps

Peter Popham: Prabhakaran talked of peace. But the man I met was doomed to die in action

He was the most reclusive guerrilla leader of modern times, cocooning himself in the dense jungle of the Vanni in northern Sri Lanka surrounded by bodyguards and his closest comrades, never photographed, never betrayed, never spotted. It was ten years since he had given his last interview, and the only western journalist to try to reach him since then, Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times, failed in the attempt and lost an eye in the process.

Farah Mihlar: Neither side has any reason to celebrate

Today is a momentous day. I should be celebrating, like most Sri Lankans. I grew up as a Muslim in Colombo in fear of the deafening blasts of the Tamil Tiger suicide bombings. The Tigers ethnically cleansed 60,000 Muslims from their territory. Their campaign was horrific.

Besieged Tamil leader's life ends in a blaze of gunfire

Three decades of civil war in Sri Lanka came to a bloody end today as Sinhalese troops killed rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran as he made a desperate attempt to blast his way in a vehicle through government lines encircling the last tiny patch of land held by his forces. Celebrations broke out across the country after the government announced his death and the end of fighting.

Sri Lanka says war over as rebel leader killed

Sri Lanka declared today it had crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels, killing their chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, and ending his three-decade quest for an independent homeland for minority Tamils.

Dead or alive? Fate of feared Tamil leader remains a mystery

He had become emblematic in the bitter Tamil separatist struggle and yesterday, as the Sri Lankan government claimed final victory in the civil war, there were reports that Vellupillai Prabhakaran has been killed in the last few days of the fighting.

Tamil Tigers Timeline: 26 years of terror

*1983: An ambush by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the north kills 13 soldiers, triggering anti-Tamil riots in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Hundreds are killed and thousands flee.

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