Sri Lankan court orders end to Tamil expulsions

Sri Lanka's president ordered the country's police chief to explain the eviction of hundreds of ethnic Tamils from the capital, in an apparent attempt to quell mounting outrage over the expulsions. President Mahinda Rajapakse's order came Friday night, hours after the country's highest court ordered police to stop expelling minority Tamils, and a rights group warned the evictions could further fuel the country's 24-year separatist ethnic conflict. Meanwhile, fierce clashes between government soldiers and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in eastern Sri Lanka left at least 10 guerrillas dead Friday, the military said. Police Chief Victor Perera was asked to submit an immediate report to the president on the manner in which Tamils were sent back home, a statement from the president's office said.