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In 1999, the Hitch got on stage at The Moth -- a New York City venue dedicated to the art of storytelling -- and gave an account of the time his Tamil driver accidentally killed a Sri Lankan, an act that saw Hitchens deified and led him to his reassurance that all tales about divine intervention are false.

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Massive flooding battering the island nation of Sri Lanka has been described as the worst natural disaster there since the 2004 tsunami, killing at least 27 people and inundating thousands of acres of vital rice fields.

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Watch out Whole Foods. The Sri Lankan army, having triumphed in its long fight against the rebel Tamil Tigers, has now turned to selling vegetables to the country’s poor at reduced prices to help them through hard times.

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Billionaire hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam was arrested Friday and charged with running the largest hedge fund insider-trading scheme in history. Charged with Rajaratnam, founder of Galleon Group, were executives of several prestigious U.S. companies.

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The London Times reports that the final weeks of fighting in Sri Lanka's civil war claimed more than 20,000 civilian lives, mostly at the hands of government forces A UN official tells the paper the actual figure is "Higher Keep going" The government kept aid workers and reporters away during a three-week bombardment that ultimately ended the 26-year war.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said both sides in Sri Lanka's civil war "grossly disregarded the fundamental principle of the inviolability of civilians" She has called for an "independent and credible international investigation," although she's up against the notoriously impotent U Human Rights Council and a bristling Sri Lankan government.

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U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband declared themselves appalled by the “blood bath” that took place over the weekend in Sri Lanka. An estimated 430 civilians -- of whom at least 100 were children -- have been killed in fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces on the country’s northeastern coast. The question of whether Sri Lanka should receive a loan from the IMF is now on the table.

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After an estimated 10,000 civilian deaths or injuries in only two months, the U.N. has called on the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels to immediately suspend fighting, suggesting that actions by both parties may constitute violations of international human rights law.

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The toll in the recent spate of clashes in the decades-long battle between Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan government has been officially estimated: 40 civilians are being killed every day, with more than 100 wounded, as artillery shells and gun battles between the two sides devastate the Sri Lankan northeast.

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