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IS militants 'biggest threat' to US
Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are the most dangerous threat the US has faced in recent years, senior American officials warn.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:05:26 GMT
-UK won't work with Assad - Hammond
Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State extremists, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:09:50 GMT
-Russian aid convoy 'invades Ukraine'
A senior official in Kiev accuses Russia of invading Ukraine after Russian humanitarian aid lorries cross the border without permission.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:59:16 GMT
-LMA apologises for Mackay statement
The League Managers' Association apologises after describing offensive text messages sent by Malky Mackay as "friendly banter".
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:22:12 GMT
-Syria death toll 'more than 191,000'
More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syria conflict up to April, UN says.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:48:38 GMT
-Officer admits selling model story
An ex-Met Police community support officer could face prison after admitting selling a story to the Sun about a supermodel facing an assault allegation.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:51:02 GMT
-Malaysia observes silence for MH17
Malaysians observe a moment of silence following the arrival of the bodies of 20 victims of Flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine in July.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:53:56 GMT
-Gaza: Suspected informants executed
Hamas says 18 people suspected of collaborating with Israel have been executed, as two Palestinians are killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:49:31 GMT
-Doctors may face 'tougher sanctions'
Failing doctors could be forced to apologise to patients under measures being considered by the medical regulator.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:11:10 GMT
-PCC chosen in 10.4% turnout election
Labour's David Jamieson is elected as the new West Midlands police and crime commissioner as it emerges the turnout was 10.4%.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:32:58 GMT
-NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs'
The Tor Project says it believes some NSA and GCHQ agents are surreptitiously leaking it information to protect anonymity on the net.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:58:17 GMT
-Co-op Bank reports loss of £75.8m
The troubled Co-operative Bank cuts its pre-tax losses in the first half of the year, and cuts staff numbers by 13%.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:33:01 GMT
-Man jailed for filming in cinema
A man has been jailed for 33 months after recording Fast And Furious 6 from the back of a cinema in the West Midlands town of Walsall.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:19:16 GMT
-VIDEO: 'Why I stole from supermarkets'
BBC News hears from "Claire" who says she has shoplifted to feed her children fresh food.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:08:16 GMT
-VIDEO: Police shooting video stirs debate
Police in St Louis released a video of their officers shooting a robbery suspect as he held a knife, but their pledge of transparency has lead to more questions.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:00:58 GMT
-VIDEO: Stadium rail seat design explained
Jon Darch, of the Safe Standing Campaign, demonstrates a stadium rail-seat design.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:19:25 GMT
-VIDEO: Gibraltar banishes troublesome monkeys
Gibraltar is planning to banish some of its Barbary macaque population which have become too cheeky or aggressive
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:19:17 GMT
-VIDEO: Ecclestone 'not scared of anything'
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone tells the BBC's Dan Roan he wants to run Formula 1 for as long as he can after paying £60m to end his three-month bribery trial.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:31:01 GMT
-VIDEO: What if? The Sarin attack, a year on
The BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen assesses the events of the past year in Syria and how they have shaped the Middle East region.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:08:49 GMT
-VIDEO: What goes on behind the scenes at MOTD?
BBC Sport goes behind the scenes at Match of the Day with Gary Lineker and the team before the show's 50th birthday.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:29:29 GMT
-VIDEO: Carol Kirkwood in a motorised bathroom
BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood reports from a motorised bathroom at charity fundraiser 'CarFest' in Hampshire.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:31:49 GMT
-Stench of decay turns coral away
Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:44:24 GMT
-McAvoy in indyref ice challenge
Scottish film star James McAvoy nominates Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling to do the ice bucket challenge.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:07:06 GMT
-'Jihadi John' and fears for Gazza
Most papers focus on efforts to identify the British jihadist in the video of reporter James Foley's beheading, while others raise fears over ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne's health.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:01:47 GMT
-Ecclestone to continue in F1 role
Bernie Ecclestone tells the BBC he wants to run Formula 1 for as long as he can after paying £60m to end a bribery trial.
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:47:51 GMT
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-Salman gifts Audi to Jacqueline
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-lslamic terrorism threat to SL : Gotabaya
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-To Uni on MP’s letter
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-On-arrival visa suspended for four African countries
The on-arrival visa facility for visitors has been suspended, with regard to four African countries, with immediate effect. This has been done as a precautionary measure to prevent the entry of Ebola virus, the External Affairs Ministry said.

-Video: Malsha wants MR to take up Ice bucket challenge
Western Provincial Councillor, Malsha Kumarathunga has challenged President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister Mervyn Silva and fellow Provincial Councillor Hirunika Premachandra to take the “Ice bucket challenge” which went viral in the world within the past few weeks

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-Video: Common candidate should be accepted by people: SF
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-A/L candidate killed in train mishap
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-Rains for next 36 hours: Met. Dept.
Due to the atmospheric disturbance over the island, wet weather could be expected over the Southwestern parts of the country in the next 36 hours, the Meteorologist Department said.

-Theras will be prisoners under BTA: Sobitha Thera
National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Chief Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera today claimed that the proposed Buddhist Temporalities Act (BTA) was not conducive for the safety of Buddhism and he would request the Mahanayaka Theras to call for a discussion on the proposed Act immediately.

-Speeding ticket cop released on bail
The police constable who was in the spotlight when he issued a speeding ticket to a deputy minister’s driver and later arrested on charges of having solicited a bribe was today released on bail.

-Lankan UK visa applicants arrested for fraud
A 42-year old Sri Lankan woman and her two adult daughters who applied together for UK visas were arrested today for using deception in their applications by applying in multiple identities, the High Commission in its website said.

-UN likely to intervene in Tamil asylum-seeker case
The United Nations may become involved in the case of the Tamil asylum seekers who were detained on an Australian customs boat, with a court hearing to take place in Canberra in October.

-Proposal to shift SL refugees from Bhavani Sagar camp
A proposal for shifting a section of Sri Lankan Refugees at Bhavani Sagar camp to another location in the area has been made to the district administration by the Commissioner of Rehabilitation P. Anand.

-Video: Two more Deputy Ministers
Two more Parliamentarians were sworn in as Deputy Ministers by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees a short while ago.

-Video: 4-star diesel from tomorrow
Lanka Super Diesel 4-star, a new variety of diesel with low sulfur content will be introduced to the local market from tomorrow, the Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said today.
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