The Senate will keep thousands of "earmarks" in a spending bill, and President Barack Obama denied a report that he offered Russia a deal on a planned U.S. missile shield. Jim Lehrer recaps the day's other news headlines.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
In a blow to the goals of the separatist Tamil Tigers, Sri Lankan government troops captured the northern town of Kilinochchi Friday, which has served as a de facto headquarters for the rebels in their fight for an independent homeland.
By PBS NewsHour
Landmines in northern Sri Lanka ripped through a crowded bus Thursday morning, killing 64 people, including 15 school children, and wounding 78.
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was shot and killed early Saturday morning in the capital of Colombo, a murder that could strain already tense relations between the government and separatist rebels in the north.
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga declared a state of emergency Wednesday, a day after firing three top ministers, suspending Parliament for two weeks and deploying troops in the capital to prevent separatist attacks.
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