Flower hails fighting spirit amid mayhem

England's World Cup roller-coaster ride continues but can Anderson stop wheels coming off again?

FBI arrests 110 Mafia suspects in 'biggest roundup'

Authorities arrested 110 organized crime suspects in the northeastern United States and one in Italy today in what the FBI called the largest single-day operation against the Mafia in history.

Paranavitana keeps West Indies at bay

Opener Tharanga Paranavitana's dogged innings helped Sri Lanka hold West Indies to a draw in the first Test despite the batsman missing out on his third Test century. Sri Lanka reached tea on the final day on 241 for 4 – a second-innings lead of 39 – before rain prevented any play in the final session.

Sri Lankan president opts out of UK visit after threat of arrest

The president of Sri Lanka has called off a visit to Britain after exiled Tamil groups announced that they would attempt to have him arrested over alleged war crimes.

Sri Lankan president tightens his hold on power

Sri Lanka's parliament voted to eliminate term limits for the president yesterday, a move critics say could lead to dictatorship.

Pitch perfect: how to get Test matches back in the swing of things

Anyone with a ticket for tomorrow's play here may have been prepared to argue otherwise while 12 wickets were falling in the space of 33 overs, but thank heavens for a bit of unpredictable bounce and conditions that encouraged swing bowling.

Colombo's flat track cheats batsmen and fans of a true Test

Sri Lanka 642-4 dec India 95-0

UN recalls Sri Lanka envoy over protests

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday that he was recalling the senior United Nations official in Sri Lanka and closing an office in Colombo because of anti-UN protests there led by a government minister.

That's out: Murali calls time on his career of controversy

Top wicket-taker in Test history will retire after his next match

Sri Lankan police arrest couples for kissing

The beautiful island of Sri Lanka, for many years a choice destination for honeymooners and other seekers of romance, appears to have grown weary of affection, at least of the domestic variety.

Sri Lanka: Once off-limits areas are reopening to tourists

Foreign correspondent Peter Popham returns to discover how much has changed since the civil war ended

Sri Lanka accused of war crimes in final onslaught

An investigation into the last months of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war released yesterday claims that government forces were responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands more civilians than previously estimated, and targeted hospitals and humanitarian operations as part of their final onslaught on the rebel Tamil Tigers.

Sri Lanka one year on: Has peace brought happiness to this island nation?

Last may, the bloody civil war ended in a dramatic shoot-out in a remote mangrove swamp
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