“We hope that Tamils can return to that stability enjoyed before the colonization by the Europeans in the island of Sri Lanka,” Tamils for Trump said. (Colombo Gazette) US President Donald Trump has been urged to intervene and ensure justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka.The ‘Tamils for Trump’ organisation, in a letter to President Trump, wished him for the new year and urged him to work for international justice for the Tamil victims either through the ICC or International Tribunal for the war crimes committed by Sri Lankan officials during the ethnic war that killed over 145,000 Tamils. The Tamils for Trump said there is a need to help the Tamil victims in the North and East to determine their own destiny and reestablish Tamils’ independence. “No Singhalese has ever been held accountable for any outrage against Tamils since the independence from the British. Justice and Truth are overdue, and we expect that 2018 is the year in which Tamils should get them. US acted rightfully and courageously in helping the victims in South Sudan to determine their own destiny. The same thing must be done for Tamil victims in the northeast of Sri Lanka, and we hope you will get it done,” the letter stated. read more

In Trump the Musical, England plans to sell Scotland to the US President to be used as a golf course.The “geopolitical satire” by Blowfish Theatre follows on from its earlier production, Boris the Musical, with the writer admitting that satirising Mr Trump is a challenge. Elsewhere, Mr Trump is reimagined as King Lear.Meanwhile, Pussy Riot, famous for their repeated clashes with Vladimir Putin’s regime, will be in residency at the Summerhall arts centre, which will also exhibit work by Yoko Ono.Performers from 55 countries are due to put on shows across 317 venues, from August 3-27.Donald Wilson, culture convenor for Edinburgh City Council, said it was impossible to imagine the capital without “all the razzamatazz, colour, buzz and excitement” of the Fringe. “Whether this is your first or your 50th time visiting the Fringe as a performer or audience member, this is a place where new discoveries wait around every corner.”Ripley, the Edinburgh-born drag queen, will take on the roles of Scotland’s First Minister, Theresa May and Melania Trump in her comedy show Like a Sturgeon. fringe Contortionist Odka at the launch of the FringeCredit:PA If it involves a Nicola Sturgeon drag act, Trump the Musical and the Russian art collective Pussy Riot, it can only be the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.This year’s event features 3,500 shows, covering theatre, dances, circus, comedy, music and, as usual, the absurd and outrageous.The performers include the actress Su Pollard, once of Hi-de-Hi! fame, singer Jason Donovan, broadcaster Esther Rantzen, actress Maureen Lipman and Lee Ridley, better known as Lost Voice Guy, who has just won the 12th season of Britain’s Got Talent.Themes for 2018 include the First World War centenary, healthcare as the NHS marks its 70th anniversary, sex and consent as the #MeToo movement continues, and disability.Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Fringe Society, said the programme contained an eclectic mix of creative endeavour from across the globe.”This year we are encouraging everyone who comes to the Fringe to take a leap into the unknown,” she added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more