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COLOMBO, March 25 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said Wednesday that the figures given by UN Colombo office on civilian deaths and casualties in the northern no fire zone were wrong and asked the office to issue a formal clarification.

The figures of 2,683 civilian deaths and 7,241 injuries mentioned in a UN report had not been attributed to any reliable or independent source, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed in a statement.

“The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Neil Buhne has stated that he is unable to confirm the veracity of the figures of civilian casualties since Jan. 20, 2009in the conflict area of Mullaittivu District, contained in an official report issued by his office recently,” said the statement.

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By Frieda Berrigan, Foreign Policy in Focus

Good news is in short supply. The economy remains bleak. The war in Iraq entered its seventh year last week, and violence reaches new pinnacles in Afghanistan. But there is one bright light amid all this gloom. Real progress is being made to ban cluster munitions. These are canisters of different sizes that release hundreds of bomblets on detonation, scattering deadly devices over an area as large as several football fields.

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By Kim Gamel, Associated Press

BAGHDAD – In the evenings, women in black gather at Umm Fatin’s house to remember the dead.

Each family in the four neighboring houses in Tahrir, a former Sunni insurgent stronghold in Baqubah, has lost loved ones to bombings or shootings. Yet these deaths and countless others have fallen under the radar of the Iraq war. Nobody keeps an accurate tally of Iraqis killed because nobody knows. (more…)

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