The government has formally withdrawn from a ceasefire agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels. It said escalating violence had made the Norwegian-brokered truce redundant. It came into effect in February 2002 ahead of inconclusive peace talks. Since mid-2006 troops and rebels have fought regular clashes, despite the deal still technically being in place. There was no immediate response from the Tigers, who want independence for Tamils in Sri Lanka’s north and east. (BBC)

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