Sarath Kumara Gunaratne granted bail

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January 20, 2017 06:08 UTC

U.S. says ready for N.Korea threat, no comment on future test-launch

WorldThe Pentagon said on Thursday that it was ready to deal with provocative acts by North Korea, even during the presidential transition about to take place on Friday, but declined comment about intelligence on a possible future missile test-launch. Reuters reported earlier on Thursday that the United States was seeing activity in North Korea indicating a possible ballistic missile test, including positioning of two mobile missile launchers. Still, the timing of the test and range of the missile remained unclear, the officials said. WASHINGTON, REUTERS

January 19, 2017 16:57 UTC

Trump spokesman says of possibility of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem: 'Stay tuned'

WorldPresident-elect Donald Trump's spokesman said on Thursday there will be an announcement on whether the United States will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Stay tuned,” incoming White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters, asked about the issue at a briefing the day before Trump takes office. Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state and the status of the city is one of the most sensitive issues in the Israel-Palestinian dispute. Other nations' embassies are located in Tel Aviv and do not recognize Israel's annexation of Arab East Jerusalem following its capture in the 1967 Middle East war. The Obama administration has been highly critical of Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

January 19, 2017 16:41 UTC

Over 20 firefighters dead in Tehran building collapse: mayor

Police have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse a protest march by university students at Kollupitiya a short while ago. Features & AnalysisFairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 gets underwayThe Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 opened on the evening of Wednesday, January 11 with invitees and partic...‘Gosha- Beat to Beat’ ; Evening of percussion drums, songs‘Gosha – Beat to Beat’, an evening of percussion drums, songs and serenity presented by Limini Weer...Princess Diana letter about troublesome son Harry sold at auctionLONDON A collection of handwritten notes by the late Princess Diana, one of which reveals that her younger son Prince...New Year's Eve celebrationsCaptured here are New Year's Eve celebrations which took place around the island. The following were captured at ...

January 19, 2017 16:19 UTC

One day to go: Trump heads to Washington

WorldWith one day to go before he takes the oath of office as the 45th US president, Donald Trump arrives in Washington Thursday determined to transform US politics over the next four years. With President Barack Obama's departure on Friday, Trump becomes Air Force One's most exclusive passenger. Hundreds of thousands of citizens, Trump supporters and protesters, have begun converging on the capital for the democratic ritual. For new American leaders, the tone, style and agenda of their presidencies are often set from their arrival in Washington through their first few days in office. He still has to finish writing his inaugural address, which he delivers on Friday.

January 19, 2017 16:13 UTC



End ban on women driving, UN expert tells Saudi

WorldSaudi Arabia's government should end the kingdom's ban on women driving and reform the male guardianship system, a United Nations independent expert said on Thursday. Philip Alston spoke at the end of a 12-day visit during which he met cabinet ministers, people living in poverty, activists, Islamic experts and others. “So I feel very strongly that the kingdom should move to enable women to drive cars,” said Alston, an independent expert who reports to the UN's Human Rights Council. Officials have argued that society is not ready for women driving but Alston says the government must take an activist role. Alston, an Australian legal expert, said driving and guardianship are very much related to poverty.

January 19, 2017 15:14 UTC

Many feared dead as Italy avalanche buries hotel

WorldSeveral children were among the missing Thursday after a devastating avalanche buried an Italian mountain hotel with more than 25 people believed to be trapped inside. The building was moved some 10 metres off its foundations by the force of the hurtling wall of snow. The quakes affected an area that straddles the regions of Lazio, Marche and Abruzzo which is home to many remote mountain hamlets. Schools in the affected region have been closed until next week to allow structural safety checks to be carried out. Italy straddles the Eurasian and African tectonic plates, making it vulnerable to seismic activity when they move.

January 19, 2017 14:59 UTC

School bus crash in northern India leaves 13 dead

WorldA school bus carrying dozens of pupils collided with a truck in northern India on Thursday, killing 13 people, officials said. Twelve of the dead were children aged between seven to 14 years, who were seated near the front of the bus, when an oncoming truck collided with it in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The school bus driver also died in the crash, the latest deadly accident in a country with one of the worst road safety records. “The death toll is 13 and some 11 people are in hospital undergoing treatment,” Shambu Nath, the local district magistrate, told AFP. Road accidents killed nearly 150,000 people in India last year, around 400 a day, according to data from the highways ministry.

January 19, 2017 14:44 UTC

Moscow says its criticism of Obama not personal

WorldRussia had criticised a lot of Washington's policy during President Barack Obama's two terms in office, but it was not personal, the Kremlin said Thursday, while blaming the United States for the worse relations since the Cold War ended. “Over many years, the past decade, the US has repeatedly conducted rather unfriendly actions toward our country,” Peskov told journalists. He mentioned the US missile defence system in Europe and “aggressive behaviour by security services towards Russia”. While he and ex-US president George W. Bush, who famously claimed to see Putin's “soul” through his eyes, had good personal rapport, Putin and Obama were seen to hold cold and awkward personal meetings. “As for personal attacks, as far as I know, on the official level nobody allows this,” he said, stressing Moscow's “respect to a president of any foreign state especially the United States.

January 19, 2017 14:30 UTC

Police use tear gas, water cannon to break up student protest

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January 19, 2017 11:25 UTC

Court issues notice on editor

Supreme Court issued notice on Lanka e-news editor Pradeep Sandaruwan Senadeera to appear before the Courts on March 3 for contempt of court. The Court was also informed that he had disregarded the court orders more than 10 times. The Gampaha Magistrate had recently issued an international arrest warrant on him on charges of contempt of court. However the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had informed the court that INTERPOL had refused to issue the Red notice as charges had not been filed in court at that time.

January 19, 2017 06:49 UTC

Supreme Court issues notice on Lankaenews editor

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January 19, 2017 06:29 UTC

Talks ongoing to offer Trincomalee port to India : Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka

NewsSpeaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Colombo’s Minister of Regional Development, said the decision on offering the Trincomalee port to India will be taken soon. “Talks are at present going on between India and Sri Lanka and we hope to offer the Trincomalee port, which is one of the best deep sea ports in the world, to India,” said Mr. Fonseka was quoted as saying to The Hindu on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue. Trincomalee has been on the table for sometime as Sri Lanka wants to maintain a neutral stand and provide equal access to its ports to both China and India. We have currently given the port to a private entity so that some of the more immediate issues are resolved. This arrangement will also address India’s security concerns,” said Mr. Fonseka.

January 19, 2017 04:50 UTC

OIC envoy calls for U.N. intervention to avoid genocide of Rohingya Muslims

WorldThe United Nations should intervene in Myanmar's Rakhine State to stop further escalation of violence against Rohingya Muslims and avoid another genocide like in Cambodia and Rwanda, said the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's special envoy to Myanmar. Syed Hamid said the OIC should seek U.N. intervention. His comments come ahead of a special OIC meeting called by Malaysia on Thursday to discuss measures to deal with the conflict affecting the Rohingya minority, who are predominantly Muslim. Refugees, residents and human rights groups say Myanmar soldiers have committed summary executions, raped Rohingya women and burned homes since military operations started in the north of Rakhine State on Oct. 9. About 56,000 Rohingya now live in Muslim-majority Malaysia having fled previous unrest in Myanmar.

January 18, 2017 17:46 UTC

Xi says world needs China, U.S. to have stable relationship

WorldThe world needs China and the United States to have a stable and cooperative relationship, Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, just days before new uncertainy looms with Donald Trump taking office as president. Meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Xi told Biden that he “positively appraised” his efforts to increase friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries, China's Foreign Ministry said late on Tuesday. “In the 38 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, relations between the two countries have weathered wind and rain, but generally have continued to forge ahead,” the statement paraphrased Xi as saying. “The basic interests of the people of both countries and the world need China and the United States to work hard, to form a long-term, stable cooperative relationship,” Xi said. The statement cited Biden as saying that the United States hopes the two countries can continue to deepen mutual trust and expand cooperation.

January 18, 2017 17:25 UTC



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