Two teenagers and 29-year-old man killed after military intervention
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.
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.
Not for the first time, the beat of the betting tom-tom has proved accurate.
Batsman signs new temporary contract and now begins process of 'reintegration' into England squad
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.
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.
West Indies 179-5 beat England 164-4 by 15 runs
Ex-reporter claims story never ran because the sci-fi author was the proprietor's friend
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.
World-beating England plan to turn "timid" back into "lethal" as they take out the frustrations of their Asian winter on the West Indies.
England Test captain Andrew Strauss has expressed his frustration at having his players defend him following his lengthy run without a century and his team's poor form on the sub-continent.
Andrew Strauss expects Sri Lankan conditions to provide a tough physical test for England.
View From the Middle: I will hit the ground running in Colombo after my Birmingham heat chamber sessions
The last time Michael Ondaatje visited Sri Lanka in a novel was in 2000 with Anil's Ghost where, through a series of fragmented narratives, he presented a story of waste in a time of war. Now he returns. Only on this occasion it is not modern Sri Lanka with which he deals, but the lost and mythical island called Ceylon, a country as foreign as the past, and as extinct as the dinosaur. Ondaatje is both poet and novelist and his use of English is elegant and beautiful. He writes, not in the worn-out clichés that are current in Sri Lanka, but with a feel for an international language that post-Ceylonese nationalism tried hard to strip from the education system of a whole generation.
Starting a family usually means a move from the metropolis to a more spacious place in the country. But for one couple, relocating to the capital was the natural choice when they had their daughter.