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MH17 victims arrive in Netherlands
The first two planes carrying victims of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrive in the Netherlands where a day of mourning has been declared.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:46:01 GMT
-PM to check arms export licences
David Cameron vows to examine outstanding licences for the sale of arms to Russia after claims by MPs that they could breach the terms of an embargo.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:27:09 GMT
-UN warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says Israel may have committed war crimes in the Gaza Strip, while also condemning Hamas rocket attacks.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:53:52 GMT
-Scores killed in Taiwan plane crash
More than 40 people were killed when a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed after making a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, local officials say.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:33:04 GMT
-Geldof died of heroin overdose
TV presenter Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after relapsing from a period of abstinence, a coroner rules.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:17:52 GMT
-Glasgow ready for 2014 Games opening
The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:45:04 GMT
-Costa Concordia heads for scrapyard
The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is being towed away for scrap, in one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever staged.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:37:38 GMT
-Ex-MEP on money laundering charge
Former West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire is charged with money laundering and misconduct but dismisses the charges as "ludicrous".
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:19:07 GMT
-Man arrested in missing Claudia case
A man is arrested as part of the investigation into the murder of missing chef Claudia Lawrence, while forensic teams search a pub in York.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:56:52 GMT
-Man guilty of pizza driver murder
A man is found guilty of murdering a pizza delivery worker stabbed on his last day in the job in Sheffield.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:22:06 GMT
-Paedophile singer appeal bid refused
Judges throw out an appeal by paedophile rock star Ian Watkins to reduce the length of his jail term for child sex offences.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:18:46 GMT
-Bank and business at odds over rates
Bank of England minutes show officials are still wary over raising interest rates while the Institute of Directors believes the Bank is being too cautious.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:23:44 GMT
-Porn filter shunned by UK net users
The vast majority of new broadband customers are declining to sign up to "child friendly" filters when prompted to do so by UK service providers.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:30:42 GMT
-VIDEO: Pupils confuse Merkel with the Queen
Indian and Kenyan school pupils explain what they understand about the Commonwealth Games and tried to identify the Royal family.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:39:29 GMT
-VIDEO: Mayfly swarm fools radar
Millions of mayflies took to the air in Wisconsin, tricking radar into thinking it was raining
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:01 GMT
-VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo
A pair of Amur leopards, which are said to be the rarest big cats in the world, have been born in Leicestershire.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:33:32 GMT
-VIDEO: Would you eat a 'waste' food curry?
Adam Smith set up the UK's first cafe which serves only waste, or "intercepted", food.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:21:51 GMT
-VIDEO: Giant puppet creator on Liverpool show
Giant puppets are set to roam the streets of Liverpool as part of the World War One centenary. Writer and director Jean-Luc Courcoult explains how his characters come to life.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:02:44 GMT
-VIDEO: Rodriguez hugs fan who invades pitch
Colombian football star James Rodriguez hugged a fan who invaded the pitch as he was presented as a new player for Real Madrid.
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:59:53 GMT
-VIDEO: Mystery over Brooklyn Bridge flags
Authorities in New York are investigating who raised two large white flags on the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge early on Tuesday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:19:13 GMT
-VIDEO: Student texts make fly on wall TV show
BBC Click's Spencer Kelly goes behind the scenes of the TV programme The Secret Lives of Students.
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:08 GMT
-Dog's life for Pudsey film flop
A film based on Pudsey, the dancing dog winner of Britain's Got Talent, flops at the UK box office as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominates the weekend.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:28:48 GMT
-Commonwealth edged out of Booker
Commonwealth writers are sidelined from the Man Booker Prize longlist with US authors, including Joshua Ferris and Richard Powers, included for the first time.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:42 GMT
-Glasgow Games to be 'biggest and best'
Athletes from 71 nations will compete in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which get under way with the opening ceremony on Wednesday.
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:00:34 GMT
-Majka wins stage as Nibali extends lead
Poland's Rafal Majka clinches his second Tour de France stage win as Vincenzo Nibali moves further ahead on stage 17.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:51:43 GMT

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Minister Champika’s Facebook page disabled
The Facebook account and fan page of Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has been disabled without notice by the Facebook Administration Committee, according to the minister.
-Guilty verdict in pizza delivery murder trial
The family of murdered Sri Lankan university graduate Thavisha Pereis today said the conviction of his two killers had brought them “some form of solace” after his death

-SL cyclists stopped by police in Scotland
Four members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team were stopped by police when they were spotted cycling down the M74 near Glasgow, in Scotland.
-More than 40 dead in Taiwan plane crash
More than 40 people were killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with local television reporting the flight had smashed into two houses after an aborted landing.

-Marvan’s term extended
The appointment of Marvan Attapattu as the Head Coach of the National Team has been extended until the end of the Pakistan Tour of Sri Lanka, the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said

-Britain sold weapons to SL
Sri Lanka is also among the 27 countries that the British government sold weapons. Britain had supplied £12bn of arms to some 27 countries including Sri Lanka, the House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls stated in their 2013 report.

-Police record statement from Ranatunge
The Welikada Police OIC recorded a statement from Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga in connection with the complaint that he had assaulted a Rajagiriya resident.

-Heavy traffic in Town Hall
Heavy traffic has been reported from the Town Hall area due to a protest by Students of the Rajarata University in front of the University Grant Commission (UGC), Ward Place.
-India accepts Australia's request to probe 157 boat refugees
India gave Australia a bit of a breather by agreeing to investigate whether some of the 157 boat refugees confined to their boat on Christmas Island were Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from a camp in Puducherry.
-Video: Turns out to be turmeric
The Customs Revenue Task Force discovered 27,000 kilogrammes of fraudulently imported Turmeric from India in two containers, Customs Spokesman Leslie Gamini said.
-Don’t bother about probe: Swamy
Chairman of the BJP Committee on Strategic Action and BJP's National Executive Committee Member Subramanian Swamy in an exclusive interview with Daily Mirror said Sri Lanka should not bother about the international inquiry led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as it could not take any unilateral action. Full Interview
-Sue cigarette companies: Minister
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appealed to family members of those who had died of smoking-related ailments to sue the Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) taking a cue from a US Court ruling that the tobacco company should pay US$23.6 billion (nearly Rs.3000 billion) to the victim’s wife.

-India wants info on Chinese project
India has sought details about the proposed US$40 million investment by China National Aero-Technology Import-Export Corporation (CATIC) to establish an aircraft maintenance base in Sri Lanka, External affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said in Parliament yesterday.

-Senior-most singer passes away
Senior-most vocalist Kalabushana Vincent de Paul Peiris of ‘Siri Pade Samanala Kanda Pene’ fame passed away late last night at the age of 92.
-No foreign funds without approval: Ministry
The Finance and Planning Ministry has informed all Non-Governmental Organisations that they should receive prior approval from the Ministry prior to obtaining foreign funds.

-Video: BBS claims Gnanasara Thera’s Australian Visa in jeopardy
Following the United States’ cancellation of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera’s visa, the BBS today said that there was a conspiracy by Muslim extremist organisations in Australia to follow suit.
-Complaint against Ranatunge
A complaint has been lodged against Chief Minister of the Western Province Prasanna Ranatunge over an alleged assault on a resident in Rajagiriya, the Police said.

-Jaya opposes installing buoys on IMBL with SL
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today termed as "inappropriate" the Centre's proposal to conduct feasibility study on installing buoys on International Maritime Boundary Line as the state government has not accepted IMBL with Sri Lanka as a settled issue

-Naval rating falls to his death
A naval rating attached to the Rugby football team of the Trincomalee Naval Base had fallen to his death from the third floor of a building in the camp.
The 25-year-old rating was a resident of Maradana, Colombo.
-Days after MH17 tragedy, Malaysia Airlines flies jet over Syria
Embattled Malaysia Airlines faced fresh outrage Tuesday as it confirmed one of its planes flew over war-torn Syria, just days after the MH17 disaster laid bare the risks civilian aircraft face in flying over war zones.
-UPFA MP surrenders to Court
UPFA Kurunegala district Parliamentarian Nimal Wijesinghe alias Nilwala, who was accused for assaulting a Grama Niladhari in Mawathagama, surrendered to the Pilassa Magistrate Court in Mawathagama, this morning

-Wasp attack at a pre-school: 35 injured
At least 35 persons including 29 pre-school children were hospitalized following a wasp attack at a pre-school in a temple in Kataragama this morning, Police said

-15,000 kg of contaminated chili powder seized
The officials of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) seized 15,000 kg of adulterated chillie powder from a grinding mill store at Sedawatte today.
-38 Indian fishermen arrested
Thirty eight Indian fishermen found poaching in Sri Lankan waters had been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the seas off Talaimannar and Delft Islands in two separate incidents last night, the Navy said

-What Russian press are saying about air disaster
The Russian media's coverage of the MH17 disaster is in stark contrast to Western reports - focusing on increasingly outlandish claims and conspiracy theories.

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