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Sri Lanka to Hold Presidential Election

Rebel bombs kill policemen; renegade guerillas attack their former comrades; civilians are gunned down in drive-by shootings. With near-daily violence serving as a backdrop, Thursday’s presidential election in Sri Lanka has effectively become a referendum on the island nation’s faltering peace process. The vote caps a year that opened with the devastation of the Indian Ocean tsunami and comes amid stalled peace efforts in this land of tea plantations and wide beaches that, in better times, were packed with Europeans on tropical vacations. Full Story

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