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DR Congo: Cursed by its natural wealth

October 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Dan Snow with M23 rebels

The Democratic Republic of Congo is potentially one of the richest countries on earth, but colonialism, slavery and corruption have turned it into one of the poorest, writes historian Dan Snow.

The world’s bloodiest conflict since World War II is still rumbling on today.

Pakistan Taliban head Hakimullah Mehsud ‘open to talks’

October 9, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud: “The government needs to sit with us, then we will present our conditions”

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has told the BBC he is open to “serious talks” with the government but says he has not yet been approached.

Blackhole malware exploit kit suspect arrested

October 9, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Blackhole software The Blackhole kit offered an interface used to manage malware attacks

Russian police have reportedly arrested a man on suspicion of masterminding two infamous hacking tools.

Humberside Airport emergency landing man ‘just wanted to get down’

October 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Passenger John Wildey: “I hadn’t a clue what to do to get down”

A passenger who was forced to land a light aircraft after his pilot fell ill at the controls said he panicked and then just thought of survival.

John Wildey landed the plane at Humberside Airport on Tuesday night, under the guidance of instructors called in by air traffic controllers.

Editorial – Island.lk

October 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm

A good start

October 8, 2013, 6:59 pm

The government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), in a rare  display of political maturity, refrained from flexing muscles, for once, on the  question of Northern Province Chief Minister (CM) C. V. Vigneswaran’s swearing  in. The TNA did not want him to take oaths before the Northern Governor Maj.  Gen. (retd) G. A. Chandrasiri, whose ouster it seeks, but agreed to come to  Colombo in spite of speculation that it would insist that the swearing in take  place in Jaffna itself, and President Mahinda Rajapaksa reciprocated. This, we  believe, is the way forward. Democracy is a process of give-and-take and the  winner and loser should learn to cooperate.

IRCON to connect Pallai to Northern railway network soon

October 8, 2013 at 10:53 pm


October 8, 2013, 6:24 pm

S.L. Gupta along with other officials at the Pallai station.

A ballast train reached Pallai on 05-10-2013 achieving yet  another milestone of the steadily progressing Northern Railway restoration  project. The train, when it drove in from Killinochchi to reach Pallai, made  history, giving hope to many thousands of residents of the area that the  resumption of train services would soon recommence. According to the  construction agency, Ircon International Limited, the track works between  Killinochchi and Pallai are fully completed, with a few finishing touches left  to be completed shortly.

After the swearing in:Fragile process, domestic diplomacy needed

October 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm

October 8, 2013, 4:58 pm


Having been present a quarter century ago when President  Jayewardene swore Varadarajaperumal in, it was only a passing sense of déjà  vu to be invited to Temple Trees by the host of the historic event, for the  swearing-in by President Rajapaksa of Justice Wigneswaran as Chief Minister (and  for the breakfast that followed). As DEW Gunasekara, Dharmalingam Siddharthan,  Tissa Vitharana, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Douglas Devananda and I, veterans of the  Long March for devolution, recalled at Temple Trees, when the first North East  Provincial Council was sworn in – I was the only one present yesterday who had  been there in 1988—it was in a very different context indeed, studded with  weaponry, framed by two ongoing civil wars in North and South; punctuated by the  violent deaths of those belonging to the Southern and Northern Lefts who were  willing to transcend the ethnic divide and defend the principle of progressive  structural reform of the state.

Canada achieves little by boycotting Sri Lanka summit

October 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

October 8, 2013, 4:57 pm

by Kelly McParland

Boycotts have questionable value as a diplomatic tool. The  limited boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in the Soviet Union had little impact  on the Communist government, other than to inspire a revenge boycott of the Los  Angeles Games four years later. The only real damage was to the athletes who  missed a chance to compete.

Sanctions, if broad enough, can be effective, as is evident  from Iran’s eagerness to end those imposed by western governments upset at its  nuclear aspirations. But to produce a useful result generally requires a  well-organized and prolonged campaign targeted at recognized points of  vulnerability and applied with discipline.

The TNA has to tread with caution; so should the government

October 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm

October 8, 2013, 4:55 pm

By R. M. B. Senanayake

The government must recognise that the 13th Amendment has come  to say. It must realize that there are States where devolution of power has not  led to secession but instead provided a modus vivendi for a minority to  live in peace with a majority, giving up the claim to be a separate state.

Maldives asks for support after election annulled

October 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm


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MALÉ, October  8, 2013 (AFP) – The Maldives government on Tuesday urged all parties to support fresh elections after the Supreme Court annulled last month’s results, even though international observers had said those polls were free and fair.
            The government of the honeymoon islands also called for foreign support for the new presidential polls expected to be held by October 20 amid deepening concern about political turmoil in the country.

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