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At least 45 people were injured when a small bomb exploded in a busy market area in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, officials said.

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Lord Hunt of Tanworth: Cabinet Secretary who appeared in the High Court to contest publication of the Crossman diaries

Alas, people often lodge in the public mind and are remembered by posterity on account of comparatively minor and ephemeral episodes in the course of a long and distinguished life in public service. It is the fate of John Hunt, Secretary to the Cabinet, 1973-79, that he will forever be associated with his trundling to the High Court in 1974 and 1975, at the behest of Harold Wilson, to do his best to prevent or postpone the publication of Richard Crossman's The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister, at least for 30 years, on the grounds that they would reveal the inner workings of government. He failed. Lord Widgery, the Lord Chief Justice, found in favour of immediate publication.

Bombs hit two Sri Lankan buses

Two bomb attacks on buses in Sri Lanka killed at least 22 people today, security officials said, the latest in a series of assaults by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on the country's transport system.

'Suicide blast' kills nine in Sri Lanka

Nine people, including seven policemen, were killed when a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber on a motorbike rammed a bus in the Sri Lankan capital today.

Sri Lanka bus bomb kills dozens

At least 24 people were killed and more than 40 wounded when a suspected Tamil Tiger bomb ripped through a packed commuter bus on the outskirts of the Sri Lankan capital on Friday, the military said.

Roma Tearne: The enemy within

Writer and painter Roma Tearne saw Sri Lanka's civil strife played out within her family. Julie wheelwright talks to her about the arts of memory and survival

Sri Lanka's disappeared: Gang demands Tamil exiles pay ransom for kidnapped relatives

The government-backed Karuna Faction militia is using abduction as a fundraising tool at home and abroad. Dan McDougall reports

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Harmison suffers injury scare

Stephen Harmison has suffered an injury scare within hours of arriving in New Zealand. Harmison complained of stiffness in his lower back following a training session this morning and is already in a race against time to prove his fitness for the first Test in Hamilton on 5 March.

Rebels blamed after roadside bomb kills Sri Lankan minister

A Sri Lankan minister has been killed in a bomb attack days after the government pulled out of a failing ceasefire agreement with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

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