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Sri Lanka Extends Emergency Rule, Following Foreign Minister's Assassination


Sri Lanka's parliament has voted to extend by one month a state of emergency imposed after last week's assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

The motion was passed Thursday by a vote of 124 -21, with the Tamil National Alliance, which is backed by Tamil Tiger rebels, voting against it.

Wednesday, the rebel group's chief peace negotiator held talks in London with Norwegian peace brokers. It was their first meeting since Mr. Kadirgamar was gunned down at his home in Colombo late Friday.

The government blames the rebels for the assassination, but the Tamil Tigers deny any involvement.

The killing has intensified fears that the almost three-year-old cease-fire between the Sri Lanka government and the rebels might collapse.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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