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Campaigns seize on Scotland pledge
Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate seize on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:43:20 GMT
-PCC resigns over child abuse scandal
South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright resigns over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:33:28 GMT
-CCTV released in Thai murder hunt
Police hunting for suspects of the murder of two Britons in Thailand release CCTV images as the victims' families pay tribute.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:23:25 GMT
-Ukraine rebels to get self-rule
Ukrainian MPs adopt a law granting special status to parts of eastern regions held by pro-Russian rebels and an amnesty for rebel fighters.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:42:38 GMT
-Helicopter crashes into the sea
A helicopter has crashed into the sea off the coast of East Yorkshire.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:37:27 GMT
-UN calls for $1bn to fight Ebola
The UN says it needs $1bn to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak, described as "unparalleled in modern times".
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:36:45 GMT
-UK inflation rate falls to 1.5%
Cheaper food and fuel prices helped to push down the UK consumer price inflation rate to 1.5% in August, official figures show.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:42:13 GMT
-Sighting of missing girl's rucksack
Police investigating the disappearance of schoolgirl Alice Gross say there has been a new sighting of her rucksack.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:10:48 GMT
-US advisers 'may join attacks on IS'
Top US general Martin Dempsey says US military advisers could accompany Iraqi forces in attacks against Islamic State (IS) militants.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:23:53 GMT
-Actor Steve McFadden accepts damages
Actor Steve McFadden has accepted "substantial damages" from the News of the World's publishers and the Metropolitan Police, a judge is told.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:22:49 GMT
-Rio archbishop robbed for crucifix
Armed robbers steal the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro's crucifix, even though one of the gang recognised him and apologised.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:02:51 GMT
-VIDEO: Stephen Sutton's £5m charity legacy
Plans for spending almost £5m raised by teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton have been revealed.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:28:06 GMT
-VIDEO: On front line near IS-controlled Zumar
Jim Muir reports from the front line near IS-controlled Zumar, near Mosul, where Kurdish forces are fighting Islamic State militants.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:12:30 GMT
-VIDEO: Crimewatch marks 30th anniversary
Television show Crimewatch is marking 30 years of helping to solve crimes by appealing to the public for information.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:55:54 GMT
-VIDEO: The evolution of smart watches
A new range of smart watches are coming but will they have the right features to tempt consumers?
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:41:08 GMT
-VIDEO: Haiti's disease fighting eco toilet
Poor sanitation has caused serious health problems in Haiti - but could a special eco toilet improve the situation?
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:29:17 GMT
-AUDIO: Violin or guitar: Which is easier?
Following comments on Today that the violin is more "difficult" than the guitar, two musicians have spoken out in defence of their instruments
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:23:39 GMT
-VIDEO: Dr Edhi: A life helping Pakistan's poor
Sixty years ago, Abdul Sattar Edhi gave up everything to start a charitable organisation, dedicated to improving the lives of the poor in Pakistan.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:06:37 GMT
-VIDEO: Friends again: Cafe marks 20 years
In honour of the 20th anniversary of the start of the Friends series, a pop-up coffee shop is opening in New York City.
Publ.Date : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:19:27 GMT
-Clooney to receive honorary Globe
US actor, director and producer George Clooney is to receive an honorary award at next year's Golden Globes.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:25:50 GMT
-Noisy neighbours 'top nuisance list'
More than a quarter of UK adults have had a problem with a nuisance neighbour in the past year, a survey for consumer organisation Which? suggests.
Publ.Date : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:49:27 GMT
-Halfpenny's Toulon deal in jeopardy
Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal is not ruling out terminating Leigh Halfpenny's contract over injury worries.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:27:52 GMT
-An English Champions League winner?
The Champions League group stage starts on Tuesday, with English teams looking stronger than in recent seasons.
Publ.Date : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:45:03 GMT
-Hamilton & Rosberg 'like enemies'
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reveals to Andrew Benson the extent of the rivalry between team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:12:00 GMT
-'Stupid' injury nearly cost Franklin
Britain's Mallory Franklin will race at the Canoe Slalom World Championships despite a freak injury in training.
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:48:41 GMT

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UK police hunt for Lankan men
UK Police are hunting four Sri Lankan men for allegedly stabbing a 24-year-old man in the head in Mitcham last morning.
-Video: Container declared as tea bag cotton seized
A forty-foot container with cosmetic items, foot-wear and pacifiers valued at Rs.20 million had been seized by the Customs today, the Media Spokesman of the Sri Lanka Customs Leslie Gamini said.
-Video: Jinping arrives
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the country from the Bandaranaike International Airport a short while ago.
-Lankan attempts to smuggle Rs.7.2mn worth FC
A 48-year-old Sri Lankan was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while attempting to smuggle foreign currency worth some Rs.7.2 million to Singapore, Customs media spokesman Leslie Gamini said.

-Two killed in accident
Two people were killed and three injured when the van they were travelling in crashed into an elephant on the Jaffna-Vavuniya Main Road at Mankulam last night, Police said.

-No-balling Murali due to orders from the top: Emerson
Ross Emerson, the Australian umpire who no-balled Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing has admitted that his decision to call the bowler was not entirely his own.

-Chinese caught with birds’ nests
A 48-year-old Chinese was arrested on charges of having attempted to smuggle out of the country 4.75 kilograms of edible birds’ nests worth Rs.1.9 million, the Customs said.

-India strengthen coastal security to prevent intrusion
Following inputs that some suspicious persons, having terror links, might intrude into India from Sri Lanka via sea route, Ramanathapuram District administration and police have strengthened coastal security by constituting ‘Coastal Security Ramnad,’ to facilitate coordinated action by pooling intelligence.

-TN fishermen to meet Swaraj over SL issue
Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Pon.Radhakrishnan has assured a 15-member fisherfolk team from Poompuhar to fix an appointment with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to represent their grievances, according to fishermen panchayatar association representatives.

-Minister puts disputed memo in limbo
In order to settle a major dispute among officials that has threatened to destroy Sri Lanka’s most popular sport, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has given instructions to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials to shelve a controversial memorandum presented by President Jayantha Dharmadasa recently to the SLC exco, outlining a new administrational and management structure.

-Seven Thai sex workers arrested in Kollupitiya
Nine persons including seven Thai women were arrested during a raid on a brothel at Kollupitiya last evening by the Walana Organised Crimes Investigation Unit.

-Road closure due to Chinese President’s visit
Police Headquarters today announced that vehicle movements on several roads from Katunayake to Colombo will be restricted from time to time tomorrow and on Wednesday due the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

-Ambalangoda IP arrested
Ambalangoda Police Crime Investigation Division Inspector was interdicted on charges of having assaulted an Army Intelligence Unit Lieutenant at the Police station.

-Two drowned in Tissawewa
Two people drowned when a boat with three Anuradhapura prison officers on board capsized in the Tissawewa this afternoon, police said.

-Schwarzenegger meets Jaya in Chennai
Hollywood actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger met Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in Chennai on Monday.

-St John’s College closed for two days
St John’s College, Nugegoda will be closed tomorrow September 16 and on Wednesday  Sept 17 following the crisis arisen after the transfer of Principal D. A. D. Wanaguru. A tensed situation prevailed in the school today as the parents and the children staged a protest against the transfer of Mr. Wanaguru.
-12 injured in bus accident
At least twelve persons were injured after a private bus and a CTB bus collided head on at Godella in Galle this afternoon, Police said.

-Video: President violates election laws: JVP
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa of indulging in the most numberof election-law violations in the election campaign being carried out by the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in the Uva Province.
-Super luxury compartment soon
The Sri Lanka Railway Department today announced the introduction of a super luxury compartment with adjustable box seats on one of the trains travelling from Colombo to Matara via Galle.

-Nigerian family ill-treated at BIA: Nigerian official
A Nigerian family had been unfairly treated by the authorities at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Colombo due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs of Nigeria Abike Dabiri-Erewa charged.

-Vendors demand business space
A large number of street vendors gathered before a shopping complex at the Bodhiraja Mawatha in Pettah this morning urging the authorities to grant them permission to set up their businesses there.

-PS member banned from leaving country
The Puttalam Acting Magistrate yesterday directed the Police and the Immigration and Emigration Department to prevent Wanathawilluwa Pradeshiya Sabha UPFA member M.S.S. Marikkar from leaving the country.
-Lankan caught on camera molesting shoppers in UAE
A Sri Lankan man was arrested after a CCTV footage reportedly showed him molesting unaware customers of a shop at Al Rafaa in Dubai, Khaleej Times reported.
-Upeksha’s vehicle meets with accident
A jeep in which MP Upeksha Swaranamali was traveling met with an accident on the Mirigama Veyangoda Road this evening. The accident occurred at the Bokalagama Junction this evening, police said.
-UPFA makes a din: JVP
A novel strategy has been put in place by the leaders of the UPFA to prevent meetings of other parties in the Moneragala District, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) charged today.

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