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

'We asked the people [for votes], and the people have given. Now it’s our turn to reciprocate,' said the chief minister-elect of Northern Province, the retired Supreme Court justice C V Wigneswaran

Tamil National Alliance triumphs in Sri Lanka polls

Victory gives party platform to campaign for autonomous  federal state

Sri Lankan election workers carry ballot boxes before boarding buses as they prepare to go to their polling centres in Jaffna

Sri Lanka's Tamil community finally get provincial council vote

Every day Raja Padmanabhan, a 63-year-old bachelor living in a quiet area of Jaffna, hopes someone will hire his services. He has his own van and often drives doctors from the Jaffna hospital or – on longer trips – visitors from the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora who want to see the former battlegrounds of the north or the calmer sites of Kandy or Sigiriya further south.  

British birdwatcher killed by elephant in India

The man, in his 60s, was struck and stamped on by a male elephant

Owner of IPL side Rajasthan Royals suspended

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has suspended the Rajasthan Royals' co-owner Raj Kundra for betting on Indian Premier League games. The decision came after Delhi police, who are investigating the IPL spot-fixing allegations, claimed Kundra had admitted gambling.

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi takes a crucial step closer to becoming Indian Prime Minster

Main opposition party announces country's most polarising politician will lead its election campaign – setting Modi up for a show-down with Rahul Gandhi

A British couple was abducted on 29 May in Chennai. They have now been rescued by police

British couple kidnapped in India rescued by police

A British couple who were kidnapped in India have been rescued by police, officers said last night. The pair were abducted on 29 May in Chennai and apparently held for a £300,000 ransom.

Shane Watson had emotional week

India back on top despite 'dream' return for captain Shane Watson

Shane Watson’s return to the Australian team lasted just 17 runs, but he still talked about captaining the Test side as a “dream come true”.

India v Australia: Opening day of third Test washed out

Australia trail 2-0 in the four-match series

Hidden Europe: Don't just book it...

Thomas Cook, March 1873

Pujara and Vijay batter Australia

The outstanding batting of Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay put India in control of the second Test against Australia as they finished day two on 311 for 1, already a lead of 74 runs. Pujara was unbeaten on 162 and Vijay on 129 after a day of delight for the watching India fans in Hyderabad yesterday.

Tamil Tiger rebel leaders Pulidevan, right, and Nadesan, who were allegedly executed

Witnesses support claim that Sri Lanka army shot prisoners

Pair back allegations that Tamil Tiger rebel leaders were executed after they had surrendered

Faf du Plessis was the cornerstone of an epic rearguard action

The Last Word: How Du Plessis made a stand for a whole generation

A feckless age? Six of the 17 longest Test innings have been played this century

22 people killed after tropical storms hit southern India

Heavy rains triggered by a tropical storm have killed at least 22 people in the past four days in southern India, according to a government official.

Alastair Cook takes over as captain from Andrew Strauss, who had a 100% winning record in Test matches against India

England need 'reintegrated' Kevin Pietersen to blunt India's spin menace

Captain must hope prodigal son KP can rewrite team's dismal record against 'slows'

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A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

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Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain