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Sri Lanka ends censorship as security improves

The Sri Lankan government, recovering from ethnic violence that swept the island in July, Sunday lifted press censorship but extended a nationwide state of emergency for another month.

A curfew, imposed to quell riots in which the majority Sinhalese attacked minority Tamils, was lifted Thursday.

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Officials say the lifting of the curfew and of press censorship indicates that security is now satisfactory. But the emergency, they say, was extended as a precaution. More than 385 people were killed in the violence and hundreds of houses, shops, and factories were destroyed or damaged.

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