Sri Lanka's proposed war crimes investigation has been delayed by several months until September as the government focuses on impending parliamentary elections, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said Wednesday. Samaraweera said he hoped the composition of the investigating team along with its terms of reference would now be finalised just before the UN Human Rights Council's session in September in Geneva. "We are working out the contours of a domestic mechanism to look into human rights abuses and war crimes," Samaraweera told reporters in Colombo. "This will be in place before the September sessions in Geneva." President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in January promising reconciliation and accountability following alleged atrocities during the island's separatist war that ended in 2009. But Samaraweera said the government's schedule of reforms including starting the probe by June has been pushed back because of a delay in holding general elections. Sirisena was due to sack the parliament he inherited from his autocratic predecessor Mahinda Rajapakse by April. He is now expected to dissolve parliament and call elections very shortly, Samaraweera said. Sirisena is hoping to strengthen his numbers in parliament, where Rajapakse's party and its allies still hold a majority, and bolster his mandate for democratic reforms. "I hope the president will dissolve parliament in a matter of hours and we can have an early election," Samaraweera said amid intense speculation the 225-member assembly could be dissolved at midnight. The US led international pressure on former president Rajapakse to probe allegations that up to 40,000 civilians were killed in the military's final push to end the war against ethnic minority Tamil rebels. The UN has been investigating possible war crimes for more than a year and was due to unveil its report in March, but delayed the release to give Sri Lanka's new government time to start its own probe.
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Sergei Karpukhin/ReutersHot on the heels of embarrassing reports of Russian recruits fighting each other and Moscow loyalists calling for Kremlin ministers to kill themselves, it seems the rage against Vladimir Putin’s handling of his invasion of Ukraine is now openly being conveyed to the man himself by members of his own inner circle.A report Friday—which is Putin’s 70th birthday—said that one of the despot’s closest allies had openly challenged the disastrous way the war was being conducted.
Tom’s Teammate Announced He’s Retiring to Be a ‘Full-Time Dad & Husband’—Can Someone Check on Gisele?
Gisele Bündchen has entered the chat.
Trump resented having to sign letters for US troops killed in Afghanistan during his presidency because he didn't want to 'attach his name to a war he disliked,' a book says
"Aides were struck that he seemed rattled by the number of deaths involved," Maggie Haberman writes in her new book of Trump's view of Afghanistan.
"Gentrification Is Real": This Woman Says Neighbors Offered Her $800K For Her Grandfather's Multi-Million-Dollar Home
Keisha Credit inherited her grandfather's home in a multi-million-dollar neighborhood. However, shortly after his passing, she started receiving offers as low as $800,000. "That’s good money, but absolutely not. It's disrespectful and assumes I don’t know the value of my home," she said.View Entire Post ›
Lee is survived by her husband, former WWE wrestler Cory Weston, and their three young children.
A psychiatry professor who taught his students depression was caused by a 'chemical imbalance' in the brain says everything he thought he knew about SSRIs is wrong
Mark Horowitz, who's taken selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for nearly 20 years, believes "the public has been misled" about the drugs.
The exodus from the NFL contest grabbed headlines because of its weird timing.
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Richard Sherman blows a gasket after watching Russell Wilson lose on a pass at the goal line (again)
Richard Sherman had thoughts after watching Russell Wilson repeat history.
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The Broncos had an open receiver on their final play of overtime.
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STAVKY, Ukraine — Racing down a road with his men in pursuit of retreating Russian soldiers, a battalion commander came across an abandoned Russian armored vehicle, its engine still running. Inside there was a sniper rifle, rocket propelled grenades, helmets and belongings. The men were gone. “They dropped everything: personal care, helmets,” said the commander, who uses the code name Swat. “I think it was a special unit, but they were panicking. It was raining very hard, the road was bad and th
The woman appeared to tell the Princess of Wales, "Ireland belongs to the Irish"
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Tropical Storm Julia is expected to form Friday and will likely become a hurricane over the southern Caribbean this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said.
A rift has opened in Trump's legal team, with a lawyer frozen out for wanting to cooperate with the DOJ: NYT
The lawyer, Chris Kise, was said by The New York Times to have recommended a gentler approach than Trump ultimately favored in the Mar-a-Lago case.
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‘They’re delaying the inevitable. We’ve hit every mark in their criteria’: Bryson DeChambeau had some strong words for the OWGR in Bangkok
"To not get points is kinda crazy as, at least I believe, we have the top players in the world."
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The suspect in the kidnapping and killing of a central California family was a former employee of the family who had a longstanding dispute with them.
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Merced County Sheriff’s OfficeThe suspect arrested in the cold-blooded kidnapping and murder of an eight-month-old baby, her parents, and her uncle had a yearlong feud with the victims, a sheriff said Thursday.A farm worker found the bodies of infant Aroohi Dheri, her mother Jasleen Kaur, 27, father Jasdeep Singh, 36, and uncle Amadeep Singh, 39, in an almond orchard in a remote region of the San Joaquin Valley in California late Wednesday. They were kidnapped at gunpoint from their trucking bus
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The Olathe Northwest High School teacher and coach is accused of having sexual intercourse with a student several times, both at his home and at the school, according to police.
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GOP leaders will rally around the professed anti-abortion candidate because they want power. They wouldn't care if he blew up the planet Alderaan.
Chris Geldart, a DC Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice has been charged with assault and battery after a parking lot altercation at a Gold's Gym in Arlington.Dustin Woodward, a trainer at Gold's Gym in says DC's Deputy Mayor Chris Geldart grabbed him by the neck in the gym's parking lot.
A lot of thought went into this yellow dress (which yep, you can shop RN).