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

Modi's suspension overshadows IPL final

The simmering tension surrounding the Indian Premier League's off-field affairs boiled over last night when Lalit Modi, the chairman and driving force behind the league's birth and frantic development, was suspended after being accused of an array of financial wrong doings, including money laundering and bribery.

Disconnect, Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court, London

In any update of Dante's Inferno, there would be a circle of hell for those global fat-cats who clean up by creating credit hell for the rest of us – having first deluded the hoi polloi that those needless little luxuries were well within their means. Here, uber-wheeler-dealers would be trapped forever in the joyless, high-anxiety task of manning the phones in an Indian call centre owned by a US company determined to claw back the debts of Americans whom they had a vested interest in reducing to beggary in the first place.

Leading article: Sri Lanka's destructive feud

An acrimonious election campaign and a disputed result provides an ominous start for what was meant to be a new era for Sri Lanka, after more than a quarter century of civil war. A country of rich potential had – indeed it still has – the opportunity to make a new beginning, following the conclusive defeat of the Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009. But the vote has underlined the deep and persisting divisions between the minority Tamils and the Sinhalese majority.

Defeated Tamils a force again

Sri Lanka's election could be decided by those who lost the civil war, reports Andrew Buncombe in Menik Farm

Presidential candidates clash as Sri Lanka prepares to vote

On the eve of Sri Lanka's hard-fought presidential election, the two main candidates have let fly a further volley of accusations and counter-allegations, with each side claiming the other is planning illegal, unconstitutional moves to seize power.

Tamils may hand power to general who crushed Tigers

President's former ally has raised the stakes with appeal to minority he conquered in bloody civil war

Suren Surendiran: These candidates are largely to blame for destroying our people

As far as we Tamils are concerned, this is not the right time for any sort of election, regardless of who the candidates are.

Tamils throw weight behind general who crushed them

Tigers' political wing trying to oust incumbent president at January poll

Tamils on the road as Sri Lanka opens refugee camps

Six months after bloody end of the civil war, civilians are finally allowed to leave – temporarily

Sri Lanka to release 136,000 war-displaced Tamils

Sri Lanka will release 136,000 ethnic-minority Tamil war refugees on 1 December, allowing the civilians to leave squalid and overcrowded government camps after a half-year detainment, a top official said today.

India offers Sri Lanka funding to speed Tamils' return home

Gesture seen as attempt to maintain influence

Jaffna Tamils flock to join Sri Lanka police

For the first time in more than three decades, Tamils from the northern Sri Lankan city of Jaffna are being recruited to join the police force in a move that may go some way towards aiding political reconciliation.

Leading article: Protests that do Britain proud

The Tamils who have occupied part of Parliament Square in central London for more than nine weeks announced yesterday that they were ending their demonstration – one of the longest-running illegal protests ever held in London.

Tamil Tigers admit founder was killed

By Jerome Taylor

Tamil Tigers: defeated at home, defiant abroad

The war in Sri Lanka has been lost. But London's Tamils are still committed to the dream of their own state. Jerome Taylor investigates the campaigners with the zeal – and resources – to carry on the fight
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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

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Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker