Sri Lanka dismisses David Cameron's call for independent human rights inquiry

The Sri Lankan government has rejected the Prime Minister's pressure as cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan said he believes Mr Cameron has been “misled”.

‘We believe in David Cameron. He is God!’ PM mobbed by crowds on visit to Sri Lanka - but can he help?

Carry on in Colombo: Tamils have high expectations from the Prime Minister

Prime Minister David Cameron meets staff at Air Radio in Kolkata, India, following his interview by the radio station

On a wing and a prayer in Sri Lanka: David Cameron ventures on to a diplomatic sticky wicket over country's human rights record

PM will meet the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, before the Commonwealth summit opens in Colombo

Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in Delhi today greeted by British High Commissioner James Bevan (left) for the start of a two day visit to India

In pictures: David Cameron visits India

David Cameron is in India for a one day visit ahead of the Commonwealth Head of Government meeting.

Protesters prevented British reporters travelling to a former war zone

Sri Lanka: Fear and fury as leaders fly in for Commonwealth conference

Minister of Mass Media and Information accuses David Cameron of treating the country 'like a colony'

Surgeons perform a live donor kidney transplant

Britons 'sold illegal kidneys for Sri Lanka surgery'

Newspaper investigation alleges patients awaiting kidney transplants are being offered illegal organs which are transplanted at a hospital in Sri Lanka

David Cameron is right to go to Sri Lanka

Boycotting the summit would have done little to muster world opinion

Two men arrested after Sri Lankan plane diverted from Heathrow to Stansted

Passenger overheard claiming 'something' was on board the flight in the luggage hold

Sri Lankan troops chase local residents protesting against the alleged poisoning of drinking water in the village of Weliweriya earlier this month

EU wants Sri Lanka to ensure justice for families of protesters shot dead by troops during demonstration over polluted water

Two teenagers and 29-year-old man killed after military intervention

Emilio Colombo

Emilio Colombo

Further to Rupert Cornwell's obituary of Emilio Colombo (4 July), early in 1976 as prime minister of Italy – flanked by his friend Aldo Moro, then foreign secretary and soon to be brutally murdered by terrorists – Colombo came to a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party to beg us to send a delegation to the indirectly elected European Parliament, writes Tam Dalyell. Later, as president of that body, he developed excellent relations with the leader of the British Labour delegation, the former foreign secretary Michael Stewart, and with James Scott-Hopkins, who led the Conservatives.

Colombo: he helped transform Italy with the 'miracolo economico'

Emilio Colombo: Politician who helped shape modern Europe

Apart perhaps from Giulio Andreotti, his fellow Christian Democrat and occasional rival who died seven weeks before him, no single politician embodied the history of postwar Italy, with all its successes and failures, more completely than Emilio Colombo.

Mile looks making of Moohaajim against unbeaten market leaders

Betting on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas is so skewed towards the two favourites that neither retains any vestige of value.

Saburo winning the juvenile maiden at the Curragh yesterday

'Awesome' Dawn Approach lifted by O’Brien doubt over Kingsbarns

Not for the first time, the beat of the betting tom-tom has proved accurate.

British-Sri Lankan journalist shot in his bedroom

Faraz Shauketaly shot by three men at his Colombo home

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