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Sri Lanka’s war budget approved despite defections

Sri Lanka’s shaky coalition government on Friday won parliamentary approval for the island’s biggest ever war budget, despite a series of defections to the opposition. Parliament voted 114 to 67 in favour of the 2008 budget unveiled last month by President Mahinda Rajapakse, and which has allocated 166.44 billion rupees (1.51 billion dollars) for defence amid an upsurge in fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels. Full Story

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