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Sri lanka fighting kills 25 as summit nears

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Picture: (AFP/Ishara S. Kodikara)

Sri Lankan police checks civilians during a security operation in the capital Colombo. At least 24 Tamil Tiger rebels and a soldier were killed in fresh fighting in Sri Lanka’s north as the island prepared to host a summit of South Asian leaders.

Sri Lanka fighting kills 25 as summit nears

The Sri Lankan army launched a wave of attacks against Tamil Tiger separatists in the north, sparking battles that killed 24 rebels and one soldier.

The new fighting came as officials from eight South Asian nations gathered in Colombo for a regional conference that is to culminate in a top-level summit this weekend.

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Sachs backs goldstone against zionists

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 Reported By Quinton Mtyala & Shaun Smillie

(source: Independent Newspapers + SAPA)

Retired  judge Albie Sachs has joined the defence of Judge Richard Goldstone after he was banned from his grandson’s barmitzvah at the behest of Zionists opposed to his UN report fingering Israel – and Hamas – for war crimes.

"Jews are telling other Jews how to conduct themselves. Why should someone be made to choose between being a Jew and having a conscience?" he said yesterday at a Cape Town Press Club lunch.

Sachs, who retired from the Constitutional Court in October, said the first time he heard about Goldstone’s banning was in a Sea Point deli. "A customer who I hardly knew rounded on me and asked aggressively: ‘Are you for or against Richard Goldstone?’ I was astonished by his abruptness, but not surprised." Sachs could reply only that Goldstone was his friend.

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