Protesters outside the United Nations office in Kuala Lumpur in 2009

UN 'failed to protect' hundreds of thousands of civilians caught up in Sri Lankan civil war

The United Nations failed miserably to protect hundreds of thousands of civilians caught up in the last months of Sri Lanka’s civil war, says an internal inquiry.

India go back to Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh in attack

India have recalled Harbhajan Singh to their squad for the first two Tests against England. The off-spinner has not played at the highest level since August 2011 but, after dismantling England in the World T20 in September, he has been brought back into the 15-man India party for the four-match series, which starts on 15 November in Ahmedabad.

Anger over bid to impeach chief justice

Hundreds of Sri Lankans took to the streets today to demand that the government halts a plan to impeach the country's top judge and to condemn what they claim is the intimidation of the judiciary.

Sri Lanka's judges and lawyers demonstrate next to a coffin which they said symbolised the death of independent judiciary as they protest outside a court complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka protests over attack on judge

Judges and lawyers boycotted courts yesterday in protest against an assault on an outspoken judge.

Kevin Pietersen will now have clear-the-air talks with team-mates

Kevin Pietersen set for India tour after apology to England team, ECB and fans

Batsman signs new temporary contract and now begins process of 'reintegration' into England squad

Yuvraj Singh reacts to India's exit from the World Twenty20

World Twenty20 round-up: India crash out while Pakistan progress

Australia sustained a 32-run defeat in their final Super Eights match against Pakistan yesterday, but were still able to celebrate a place in the World Twenty20 semi-finals alongside their conquerors as India went out despite beating South Africa in Group F's other game.

England cricketer Steven Finn (R) watches as West Indies cricketers Chris Gayle (C) and Johnson Charles (L) run between the wickets

World Twenty20: Stuart Broad remains confident England can defend title despite 'unacceptable' display

ICC World Twenty20 champions England insist they can still complete a successful defence of their title, despite back-to-back defeats in their last two matches.

England cricketer Steven Finn (R) watches as West Indies cricketers Chris Gayle (C) and Johnson Charles (L) run between the wickets

England fall short in Super Eight campaign with defeat against the West Indies

West Indies 179-5 beat England 164-4 by 15 runs

Match winner: Jonny Bairstow hits out on his way to an unbeaten 68 in the Twenty20 semi-final against Sussex

Wood stalls Yorkshire to seal trophy

Practice pays off for young left-armer as he takes three wickets in last over for Hampshire

Certify offers hint of classic quality

She has some chunky statistics to defy in the future, but for the mom-ent the classy young filly Certify is heading in the right direction. The daughter of Elusive Quality maintained her unbeaten record at Newmarket with a clear-cut success in the afternoon's two-year-old feature, the Sweet Solera Stakes, and so moved up the betting for next year's 1,000 Guineas.

William Buick has won on Elusive Kate but opted for Fallen For You

Certify can prove sweet curtain-raiser for super Sunday

On racecourses at least, tomorrow's sport is far more captivating than that on offer today, with top-level contests in France and Ireland. At Deauville, some of the best milers in Europe will be scrapping to settle who is best of the rest in the division behind Frankel. And at the Curragh, the stars of the future step out in two significant juvenile events, while one of the past makes an intriguing return to action.

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Murdoch became friends with Clarke and exploited his theories on satellites at BSkyB

NOTW editor 'spiked paedophilia scoop on Arthur C Clarke for fear of Murdoch'

Ex-reporter claims story never ran because the sci-fi author was the proprietor's friend

Aidan O'Brien is hoping for an opening-day victory at Ascot

Colombo on course for Coventry

If conditions do not improve before Tuesday, then he might need all the navigation skills of his namesake. But it is the bookmakers who will struggle to keep their heads above water at Royal Ascot if Cristoforo Colombo can land its first major plunge on the opening day.

Verona, Sri Lanka, Turkey

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