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Ukraine begins 'anti-terror' action
Authorities in Kiev announce the start of an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists, as Moscow warns that Ukraine is on the brink of civil war.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:41:55 GMT
-South Korea ferry rescue under way
A rescue operation is under way after a ferry with about 450 people on board began sinking off the south-west coast of South Korea, coastguard officials say.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:41:05 GMT
-MPs criticise UK over Afghan attack
The UK bears "a degree of responsibility" for the failure to prevent a raid in Afghanistan in 2012 that left two US marines dead, MPs say.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:58:57 GMT
-'Shocking' rise in use of food banks
Hundreds of thousands more people are turning to food banks to stop themselves from going hungry, says charity the Trussell Trust.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:29:02 GMT
-China's 7.4% growth beats forecast
China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:36:11 GMT
-Dave Lee Travis charged with assault
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is charged with one count of indecent assault under Operation Yewtree, Scotland Yard says.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:51:42 GMT
-Bells mark Hillsborough anniversary
Church and civic bells ring 96 times across Merseyside to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster as memorial services take place in Liverpool and Sheffield.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:50:32 GMT
-Coulson quizzed over the 'dark arts'
Andy Coulson tells the hacking trial he should have paid more attention to the use of the "dark arts" at the News of the World when he was editor there.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:52:46 GMT
-UN's expert criticises 'sexist' UK
The UN's Rapporteur on Violence Against Women raises concerns about sexism in British society, describing over-sexualisation of women as "routine".
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:39:04 GMT
-Pistorius trial sees Valentine card
Oscar Pistorius' murder trial sees a Valentine's card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was going to give the athlete before he shot her dead.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:05:52 GMT
-Ex-Met boss heads 'Islam plot' probe
An ex-counter-terrorism chief will lead an inquiry into an alleged Islamist takeover plot of schools - an appointment deemed "desperately unfortunate".
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:23:29 GMT
-Fresh approach to NI past 'vital'
Any new process which examines NI's past must have a "proportionate focus on the wrongdoing of paramilitaries" and less on the activities of the state, the secretary of state is due to say.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:59:32 GMT
-Berlusconi to do community service
Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi must perform community service in a home for the elderly, following his conviction for tax fraud.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:04:37 GMT
-Poverty 'scandal' and benefits 'outrage' - front pages
A charity's report that it handed out almost one million food parcels in the last year makes headlines, while the Daily Express questions one mother's use of the benefit system.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:10:02 GMT
-Hair salon visited over N Korea ad
North Korean officials visit a west London hair salon to question why it had used their leader Kim Jong-un's image in a poster.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:21:02 GMT
-New Banksy art removed with crowbar
New street art by "guerrilla artist" Banksy is removed within hours of appearing in Bristol.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:33:13 GMT
-Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United
Arsenal come from behind to beat West Ham and move back above Everton into the top four of the Premier League.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:38:50 GMT
-Hamilton back to brilliant best - Lowe
Lewis Hamilton is driving as well as at any time in his career, according to Mercedes co-team boss Paddy Lowe.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:00:16 GMT
-Williams fails to qualify for Crucible
Two-time champion Mark Williams will miss the World Championship for the first time since 1996 after failing to qualify.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:11:59 GMT
-Lack of Englishmen not key - Pellegrini
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says a lack of English players was not a factor in the defeat by Liverpool.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:51:05 GMT
-Quigley lands second gold in Glasgow
Lauren Quigley breaks an English record as she wins her second gold medal at the British Championships in Glasgow.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:25:42 GMT
-Ukraine crisis could hit Russian GDP
The Russian economy may see zero growth this year because of the Ukraine crisis, Russia's finance minister has admitted.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:50:49 GMT
-VIDEO: China's reform could slow growth
China's economic reform agenda could slow growth on the mainland, first quarter economic figures will be closely watched.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:07:28 GMT
-Independence 'risks defence jobs'
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond predicts that a vote for Scottish independence would put defence jobs at risk.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:50:21 GMT
-AUDIO: Farage: Expenses complaint 'outrageous'
Nigel Farage reacts to a complaint about how he has used his "general expenditure allowance" from the EU.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:27:28 GMT
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A former Weligama Pradeshiya Sabha member alleged to have shot and wounded two men during a clash on New Year day in the Kamburugamuwa Garaduwa area was remanded till April 28 by Matara Acting Magistrate Upali Ranasinghe

-25 hospitalised in bus collision
At least 25 passengers were injured when the buses they were travelling in collided on the Hatton-Norwood Road, a short while ago

-Biswal tweets hailing Solheim
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal, in a tweet said that she was impressed more by Eric Solheim's “care and concern for all Sri Lankans” than his knowledge of Sri Lanka.
-SL to provide counselling to kin of war missing
A government-appointed panel probing the cases of thousands of missing people during the nearly three-decade-long war with the LTTE will provide counselling to the kin of those disappeared, an official said today

-Video: Mini-sub to make more search attempts for MH370
The unmanned submarine hunting for wreckage of the missing Malaysian jet MH370 will make a second attempt on Tuesday after aborting its first search mission as it encountered water deeper than its operating limits while scanning the floor of the southern Indian Ocean

-149 arrested for drunk driving
A total of 149 people had been arrested across the country for driving under the influence of liquor (DUI) during the past 24 hours, the Police said.
The arrests were made between 6 a.m. yesterday (14) to 6 a.m. today

-Two Chinese arrested in Pooneryn
Two Chinese were arrested at Pooneryn in Vavuniya on charges of having overstayed their visas and police said that during their stay in the country they had been involved in selling imitation jewellery claiming they were made out of gold
-Indian forces took part in SL war: Plea
A PIL filed in the Supreme Court has said Indian military personnel took direct part in the war in 2009, and that some were even injured in the battle

-OHCHR will commence assessing the evidence on SL-UK
Britain said that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will now begin the process of establishing an investigation and assessing the evidence regarding Sri Lanka. 

-Canada cuts C'wealth funding over SL woes
Canada will suspend funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka because of human rights concerns.

-TN gives go ahead for fishermen talks in SL next month
Tamil Nadu Government today gave its nod for Sri Lanka's proposal for holding the next round of fishermen level talks in Colombo on May 12 and 13 on the contentious issue of fishing rights in Palk Straits. 

-Tamil self-immolator shows recovery signs
A Sri Lankan Tamil man who doused himself with petrol and set himself alight after being refused settlement in Australia is showing signs of recovery.
But he faces a long stint in hospital before his expected deportation.

-We have real concerns in SL-UK
British Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire today said that his country has real concern in Sri Lanka.

-Coexistence and reconciliation: outstanding traditions of Avurudu-MR
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the coexistence and reconciliation are the outstanding traditions of these Avurudu festivities.

-MP pulls out of SL trip over UN inquiry-report
British MP Sharon Hodgson, who is one of the MPs who canceled their planned visit to Sri Lanka, has said that she decided to cancel her visit on hearing the country’s government was refusing to co-operate with the UN inquiry, reported.
-TN govt. stalled fishermen talks- Indian Minister
Senior Congress leader and Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan has charged that the Jayalalithaa government had sabotaged the second round of talks between representatives of Tamil Nadu fishermen and their Sri Lankan counterparts when the Centre was keen on arranging the talks to find an amicable solution to the vexatious issue.

-Swiss pilot released after airspace incident
Indonesian Air Force officials in Medan, North Sumatra, on Sunday released a civilian aircraft manned by a Swiss national and originated from Katunayake Airport that it captured on Thursday after it flew into Indonesian air space without permission.

-Dudley used emergency once to protect people: Karu
Acting UNP leader Karu Jayasuriya today said that if the late Dudley Senanayake held the executive presidency, the public would not demand to abolish the Executive Presidency, as Mr. Senanayake used the emergency law only once and that too to protect the people’s rights.

-Police Chief in Malaysia
Police Chief N.K.Illangakoon left for Malaysia to attend the Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference which will be held there from April 14 to 17. Senior DIG Gamini Nawaratne has been appointed as the acting IGP in the absence of Mr. Illangakoon.

-Interpol help sought to arrest overseas LTTE leaders
The Sri Lanka Police Department has sought the assistance of Interpol to arrest Perinbanayagam Sivaparan alias Nediyavan and Segarampillai Vinayagamoorthy alias Vinayagam, both who are virtually handling almost all LTTE overseas network, Police said.

-Freed Maldivian drug kingpin in SL
The alleged drug kingpin who was released from police custody for being seven minutes late to the hearing that would extend his detention period has departed to Sri Lanka from Maldives, Haveeru on line has learnt.

-Three killed in bus accident in Kalmunai
At least three persons were killed and 18 others injured in an accident involving two busses near the Ashrof Hospital in Kalmunai this morning, police said.

-47 ASPs transferred
Forty-seven Assistant Superintendents of Police, who were promoted from the Chief Inspectors few weeks ago have been transferred with effect from April 15, Police said.

-Brits warned about drink-spiking in SL
Britain has advised its citizens travelling to Sri Lanka mainly in the southern beach resorts to be vigilant as there have been reports of drinks being spiked with drugs.

-Govt justifies troops presence in North
A day after three key operatives of the banned LTTE were killed in a major military operation in Sri Lanka's north, the government today justified maintaining troops in the former war zones. 

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