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Military bars entry to Northern Province, which is inhabited mainly by ethnic Tamils, during president's visit.
Court temporarily blocks government from returning boatload of asylum seekers intercepted at sea to Sri Lanka.
Tensions are running high in the Democratic Socialist Republic after the worst acts of religious violence in decades.
Police use tear gas and enforce curfew in two coastal towns to end fighting between Muslims and Buddhists.
Sri Lankan navy seizes 73 fishermen for "illegal poaching" as Tamil Nadu chief minister condemns "belligerent actions".
Government celebrates five years since end of conflict with Tamil Tigers, and bans commemorations for victims.
At least 32 fishermen detained for alleged poaching off the Delft island coast, reports say.
Sri Lanka government criticised over alleged war crimes against ethnic Tamils as Commonwealth leaders meet.
Tamil alliance set to form local government after securing 30 seats out of 38 following end of decades-long civil war.
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says that four years after end of civil war people are still suffering.
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