MI6 negotiates Hamas restraint

With a long history of entering into negotiations with outlawed terror groups, Britain’s external intelligence agency is now in discussions with Hamas.

Close encounter with a Tamil Tigress

‘All new recruits were given a year’s basic training. This included literacy skills for those who couldn’t read and write and depending on their interests and capabilities, advanced training for the jobs they would take up.’

New lifelines for Sri Lanka’s economy

The EU has scrapped taxes on 90% of its imports from Sri Lanka as part of its tsunami-related aid and shipping insurers have taken the island off their ‘war-risk’ list.

Amparai schools struggle amid official apathy

The devastation of schools by the December 26 tsunami was a heavy blow to ordinary people, especially the students, in this district along Sri Lanka’s eastern coast. Only at two destroyed schools has reconstruction even begun.

Iraq constitution talks revive old enmities

(Wrap) Leaders of Iraq’s different communities have shown little sign of compromise over key questions like the role of Islam and federalism in the nation''s future.

Jaffna's High Security Zones

Map of Sri Lankan High Security Zones in the Jaffna peninsula

Norway defends 2002 ceasefire agreement

(Wrap) Underlining growing anxieties about renewed conflict in Sri Lanka, Norwegian peace brokers’ focus is at present less on finding ways to resume start talks than on preventing the unravelling of the ceasefire agreement and an outbreak of armed conflict.

Palaly: revamping a lifeline

How would the LTTE interpret the Sri Lankan military’s rushed efforts to expand its key military bases and supply nodes in the northern peninsula?

Bigger, more lethal: Iraqi insurgents’ new bombs

Roadside bombs favored by insurgents in Iraq have grown significantly in size and sophistication, adding to their deadliness and defeating efforts to increase US troops' safety by adding armor to vehicles.

Why US is shifting its nuclear stand with India

An American bargain on nuclear technology may signal a view of India as a counterbalance to China - and herald the fraying of the principles behind the nuclear non-proliferation regime