India says it is sending food aid to Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka caught up in fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels. The announcement to send 800 tons of food followed talks in Delhi with Sri Lanka's special envoy, Basil Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka, which is engaged in a major offensive against the rebels, had been seeking to reassure Delhi about the humanitarian situation in the north. Thousands of Tamils living in the north have been displaced by the fighting. This has angered India's Tamil politicians - some in the southern state of Tamil Nadu have threatened to pull out of India's coalition government if Delhi does not act. (BBC)

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