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Leftists and liberals in Tunisia had feared that the ruling Ennahda would attempt to Islamize the country.


Government will not adopt full war panel proposals

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka will not adopt all proposals from its civil war commission because the panel went beyond its mandate, a government minister said Monday after a U.N. rights council called for the report’s implementation.

The commission’s report dismissed allegations that government troops deliberately targeted civilians as the long civil war was ending in 2009, but it also proposed that complaints of isolated, civilian killings by government troops be investigated. It also said the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels committed serious human rights violations.

When the government presented the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s report in Parliament in December, it promised the proposals would be implemented.

Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said, “The government will have to carefully consider the content of the report and take a decision as to which part of the report has to be implemented.”

In certain areas, the report “has gone beyond the mandate” of the commission, he said at a news conference with six government ministers. Mr. Silva refused to provide more details.


Afghan soldier kills 2 British troops

KABUL — An Afghan soldier shot and killed two British troops Monday at a NATO coalition base in southern Afghanistan before international forces gunned him down, officials said.

The violence was the latest in a string of attacks in which Afghan security forces have turned their guns on their foreign colleagues. Such attacks have become increasingly common over the past year, particularly since the burning of defaced Korans at a U.S. base in February.

Fifteen NATO service members, including eight Americans, have been killed by Afghan security officials or militants disguised in their uniforms so far this year.

Monday’s shooting occurred around 11 a.m. in front of the main gate of a joint civilian-military base in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province, the governor’s office said.


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