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Sri Lanka Extends Emergency Rule

The Sri Lankan government has extended by one more month the state of emergency imposed shortly after the assassination of the country's foreign minister more than two months ago.

The government blames the assassination on Tamil Tiger rebels. The rebels deny involvement.

Parliament voted Wednesday for the extension. The ruling party, its allies and the main opposition voted in favor, while Tamil legislators voted against.

The emergency law grants broad powers to security forces to detain and hold suspects for extended periods.

The extension comes as Sri Lanka prepares for its presidential election on November 17.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.