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SS St Louis: The ship of Jewish refugees nobody wanted

May 13, 2014 at 7:21 pm

By Mike Lanchin BBC World Service

Gerald Granston (right) on the deck of the St Louis Gerald Granston (right) on the deck of the St Louis

On 13 May 1939, more than 900 Jews fled Germany aboard a luxury cruise liner, the SS St Louis. They hoped to reach Cuba and then travel to the US – but were turned away in Havana and forced to return to Europe, where more than 250 were killed by the Nazis.

Cannes 2014: Which Brits will be flying the flag?

May 13, 2014 at 7:14 pm

By Neil Smith Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Clockwise from top left: Robert Pattinson, Matt Smith, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton Clockwise from top left: Robert Pattinson, Matt Smith, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton

What is the ‘right to be forgotten’?

May 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm

By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News

Mario Costeja Gonzalez Mario Costeja Gonzalez took Google to court in order to have search results removed

Sixteen years ago, a Spaniard named Mario Costeja Gonzalez had hit financial difficulties.

The 10-year-old who offered money to India’s central bank

May 13, 2014 at 7:03 pm

By Geeta Pandey BBC News, Delhi

Laila Alva with the $20 note

Last September, when the Indian government was struggling to control the rupee’s massive slide against the dollar, a worried 10-year-old schoolgirl sent a $20 (£12) bill to the governor of the country’s central bank offering to help the economy.

Sega v Nintendo: Sonic, Mario and the 1990’s console war

May 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor

It’s the console war that arguably laid the foundations of the video games industry as we know it today.

Christopher Columbus’s Santa Maria wreck ‘found’

May 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm

A replica boat of the Santa Maria, undated image A replica of the Santa Maria, the flagship of the Italian explorer’s 1492 expedition

A US underwater investigator has said he believes he has found the wreck of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus’s famed expedition.

Ukraine crisis: ‘Eight killed’ in ambush in east

May 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Pro-Russian militant in Donetsk - 13 May Separatists have called for Russia to absorb Donetsk region

Seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in an ambush in the eastern Donetsk region, reports say.

Exit polls hand over the baton to Modi-Archis Mohan | New Delhi BS

May 13, 2014 at 1:02 am

 Stable govt possible without support from regional powers
* Congress set to see lowest tally ever; Third front, AAP, Left face rout
* Highest-ever nationwide turnout of 66% points to decisive mandate

5th Anniversary Of May 2009: Blocked Transition To Sustainable Peace-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

May 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

I write from a particular standpoint (derivative and illustrative of a distinct worldview), best delineated by a critical observer rather than by myself. Izeth Hussein, literary critic and former Ambassador wrote in ‘After Geneva, What?’: “Between 1995 and 2000, and even more during the years of the peace process, the widespread assumption was that the LTTE could never be defeated militarily. There were very few dissentient voices against that conventional wisdom outside the armed forces and those identifiable as Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists. One dissentient voice was that of Dayan Jayatilleka, who consistently maintained that there was no reason at all why the LTTE could not be defeated militarily.” (‘After Geneva, What?’ Izeth Hussein, Colombo Telegraph, 29 March 2014)

Editorial- island.lk

May 13, 2014 at 12:16 am

Cops as cooks

May 12, 2014, 7:40 pm

Two police bodyguards who were allegedly made to perform  household chores for a female UPFA MP have been sent back to police stations  following their complaint to higher-ups and the attendant hue and cry raised by  the media. The IGP himself stepped in to bring them relief and a probe has been  ordered into their allegation, we are told. However, let’s not be so optimistic  as to expect anything to come of that investigation.


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