A soldier stands guard at a checkpoint in Colombo on Saturday. Agence France-Presse
Violence still continues to haunt Sri Lanka though it has been a decade since the Lankan army defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The defeat of the LTTE ended a violent chapter in the history of the island nation, but the wounds of the past seem to be opening once again for us (“Ten years on, Lanka still in hunt for peace,” May 16, Gulf Today).
A uthorities in Sri Lanka on Monday banned women from wearing face veils under an emergency law put in place after deadly Easter Sunday attacks by militants. The measures would help security forces to identify people as a hunt for any remaining
Sri Lanka’s military launched a major hunt on Saturday for remnants of an extremist group which carried out the Easter suicide bombings that killed 258 people, officials said.
Protesters in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua set fire to tyres and torched a local parliament building on Monday after a demonstration against the recent detention of scores of Papuan students,
The United States no longer has military primacy in the Pacific and could struggle to defend allies against China, a top Australian think tank has warned.
Thirty years ago on Monday Hungarian border guards for the first time allowed people from communist East Germany to cross freely into Austria and hundreds of them rejoiced. The Iron Curtain was passing into history.