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Fear and blame at funeral of slain Sri Lankan MP

As the white-clad body of a slain pro-rebel politician lay in a hall in eastern Sri Lanka on Thursday, mourners blamed the government and international monitors warned that the country may be sliding back into civil war. The government blames Tamil Tiger rebels for a string of attacks on soldiers that have stretched a 2002 truce to breaking point. But supporters of Joseph Pararajasingam, a member of parliament for Tamil National Alliance — the Tigers’ political proxies — said they believe the army or government-backed paramilitaries gunned him down at a Christmas mass. Full Story

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