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From refugee camps to Kabul: The story of Afghan cricket

February 1, 2014 at 4:46 pm

A young boy sends the cricket ball flying as the sun sets in the west in Kandahar in 2002

Despite neighbouring some of the titans of international cricket, Afghanistan does not have a long tradition of its own in the sport. But now cricket, long neglected and viewed as a foreign import in Afghanistan, is gaining in popularity and helping unite the country, as the BBC’s Jafar Haand explains.

Snowden leaks: Lavabit secure email chief battles on

February 1, 2014 at 4:42 pm

By Jen Copestake BBC Click

Lavabit founder Ladar Levison tells BBC Click’s Jen Copestake his concerns about the future of privacy.

Lavabit, a private email service used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, has been in court appealing against a government order to hand over its encryption keys. Commentators say the case could represent a landmark for internet privacy.

The Syrian love affair across the lines

February 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm

By Abigail Fielding-Smith Damascus, Syria

Couple holding hands

The Syrian capital, Damascus, is a divided city, with some parts under the control of government forces and other areas held by rebels. But what happens when love crosses the lines?

The labourer was like most young Syrian men you meet these days – tough, sardonic and old beyond his years.

A journalist and his typewriter

February 1, 2014 at 4:29 pm

By Stuart Hughes BBC News, Geneva

Gordon Martin

A seldom-heard noise is emanating from a small cubicle at the far end of Press Room One at the Palace of Nations, the imposing home of the United Nations in Geneva.

It’s the sound of metal keys clattering against paper, punctuated frequently by the muted ping of a small steel bell.

Can Ukraine cut its umbilical cord with Russia?

January 31, 2014 at 10:46 pm

The western press doesn’t understand Ukraine. That is clear after weeks of reporting the demonstrations. We are given the absolutely minimal background on the history and culture of Ukraine. This is like when writing about the sea to only write about the waves and not the fishes and rocks beneath.

India refuses to support SL against US resolution in UNHRC

January 31, 2014 at 10:38 pm


Saturday, 01 February 2014 09:34
To avoid hurting Tamil sentiment ahead of elections, the government has refused to commit Sri Lanka any support against a US-sponsored UN resolution accusing its military of committing war crimes in the final assault on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009.
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris met his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid in New Delhi Wednesday and sought the Manmohan Singh government’s support to ensure that the final resolution does not call for any international probe into alleged human rights violations, officials at the External Affairs Ministry said.

Editorial – Island.lk

January 31, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Jarawa eating

January 31, 2014, 8:36 pm

Politicians are notorious for ‘eating jarawa  (filth)’–local slang for taking bribes–which is the main attraction in politics  as is only too well known. It is the lure of jarawa that has caused so  many people to fall over themselves to secure nominations from the two main  political parties to contest the forthcoming PC polls.

Sri Lanka probes China coal plant for defective materials, design

January 31, 2014 at 10:33 pm

January 31, 2014, 8:24 pm

Pavithra Wanniarachchi

Sri Lanka is probing a Chinese built coal plant for possible  material, design or construction defects, following leaks in a steam cooling  unit, officials said.

Power minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said she had informed  Chinese embassy officials at a meeting in Colombo that the builders had to bear  responsibility for the latest breakdown and it was not good for China’s image.

Chandrika established Estate Infrastructure Ministry,Mahinda abolished it – Yogarajan

January 31, 2014 at 10:22 pm

January 31, 2014, 9:43 pm

R. Yogarajan

By Zacki Jabbar

An opposition legislator charged yesterday that President  Mahinda Rajapaksa had abolished the Estate Infrastructure Ministry which former  President Chandrika Kumaratunga had established.

Simmering battle over Colombo Mayor’s wife wanting political career …Muzammil shouldn’t be rewarded for playing ball with GR

January 31, 2014 at 10:19 pm


January 31, 2014, 9:37 pm

By Shamindra Ferdinando

There is strong opposition within the UNP to Colombo Mayor A. J.  M. Muzammil’s wife, Ferouza seeking to launch a political career at the  forthcoming Western Provincial Council election.

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