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Sri Lanka’s Tamil heartland to vote today

Jaffna: Sri Lanka is all set to hold Saturday the first election to form a provincial council to govern its Northern Province, the former bastion of the vanquished Tamil Tigers.
 It will also be the first election in 25 years in the sprawling region which includes Jaffna, the Tamil cultural and political hub in Sri Lanka.

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Defiant Bo says ready to endure jail

Beijing: Seemingly resigned to his fate ahead of a court verdict, disgraced Chinese Communist leader Bo Xilai remains defiant saying he is ready to "follow the footsteps of his father" who also suffered imprisonment during the Mao era.

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