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US swimmers were not robbed, says Rio police chief.

Four US Olympic gold medal swimmers who said they had been robbed in Rio de Janeiro were not victims of crime, the head of the city's civil police says. Fernando Veloso told reporters that one or more of the men had instead vandalised part of a petrol station and then offered to pay for the damage.

Chinese diver Ren Qian won Olympic gold at the age of 15 as Britain's Tonia Couch finished out of the medals in the 10m platform competition. Ren took the lead after the third of five dives and a superb inward three-and-a-half somersault with her fourth virtually clinched the title.

Japanese wrestler Kaori Icho has become the first woman to win individual gold medals at four consecutive Olympics. The 32-year-old beat Russia's Valeria Koblova to win the -58kg freestyle wrestling division in Rio - as she has in every Games since Athens 2004.

Ferocious US fires evict thousands.

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a huge blaze in southern California, with several of them describing it as the most ferocious they have ever seen. An evacuation order has been issued for an area home to more than 82,000 people, just east of Los Angeles.

The Blue Cut fire, as it has been named, has destroyed homes and disrupted transport links between California and Nevada. Some people have been running for their lives just ahead of the flames. The blaze first ignited on Tuesday in a drought-ravaged mountain pass and a day later it had spread across 12,200 hectares.

Female wrestler Sakshi Malik gives first Rio Olympic medal to India.

Female wrestler Sakshi Malik has delivered India its first medal of the 2016 Rio Games, sending a nation into ecstasy. After a gritty performance at the 58 kilogram women's wrestling category, she won bronze, becoming the first Indian female wrestler and the fourth Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.

Malik was born in India's Haryana state, where women were for some time not allowed to take part in wrestling events. The 23-year-old started training young, having gained support from her parents to pursue the sport.

Media reports say locals initially berated her parents, telling them that their daughter would become undesirable to potential suitors. But she went on to earn a silver medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and walked away with the bronze at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
Malik comes from the district of Rohtak, which gained notoriety in 2014, after two sisters fought back against a group of men who accosted them on a public bus.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson has won Olympic gold in the 200 meters to complete a sprint double in Rio. Thompson who is 24, clocked 21.78 seconds to beat Netherlands' world champion Dafne Schippers by 0.13 seconds and add the 200 meter title to the gold she won in the 100 meters.

Oil tanker 'hijacked off Malaysia'.

A Malaysian oil tanker carrying 900 thousand litres of diesel has been hijacked and taken to Indonesian waters. The MT Vier Harmoni was reportedly sailing from Tanjung Pelepas port in Malaysia on Monday when it was seized. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said that the ship was now believed to be off the Indonesian island of Batam.
Its cargo is reportedly worth about 392 thousand 795 dollars. The identity of the hijackers is not yet known.

SL sets a target of 324 runs for Aussies.

Sri Lanka have declared their 2nd innings at 347 for the loss of 8 wickets setting a target of 324 runs for victory to Australia on the final day of the 3rd and final Test played at the SSC. Australians  reached 77 for the loss of one wicket at lunch They require another 247 runs for victory.

Laura Trott becomes first British woman to win four gold medals with omnium victory.

Laura Trott has become the first British woman to win four Olympic gold medals by defending her omnium title. The world champion, 24, moves ahead of Charlotte Dujardin, who won her third Olympic gold with victory in the individual dressage. She scored 230 points to win the title by 24 from American Sarah Hammer.

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Russian bombers use Iran base for air strikes.


A statement said Russia's defence ministry says it has used a base in western Iran to carry out air strikes in Syria. Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi-34 strike fighters took off from Hamedan on Wednesday.

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Silva century gives Sri Lanka 288-run lead.


For the past three weeks, Kaushal Silva has been stuck in an unhappy singles party that threatened never to end. Four, 7, 5, 2 and 0 - those were his scores for this series. Remember that Silva is an opening batsman. For an opening batsman, such numbers are not good. They are not even good enough to be called "not bad". In his final innings of the series, Silva again did not make a double-figure score, and Sri Lanka were thrilled.

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US announces major Guantanamo transfer.

The US says it has sent 15 Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United Arab Emirates, the largest single transfer during President Barack Obama's administration.

The Pentagon says the transfer of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans brings the total number of prisoners down to 61 at the US facility in Cuba. The released inmates had been held without charge, some for over 14 years. President Obama wants to close the prison before he leaves office.

Pakistan invites India for talks on Kashmir.

Pakistan has invited India for talks on Kashmir, saying it is the “international obligation” of both the countries to resolve the issue.  Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in a statement that Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale was called to hand over a letter of invitation for talks.

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3rd test SL vs Aus : Expects batsmen to perform more - SL head coach

Today is the 4th day of the third test between Sri Lankan and Australia played at the SSC. Sri Lanka who were playing their second innings were 22 for the loss of one wicket at stumps on day three. The Australian team scored 379 runs for their first innings yesterday. 

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US election: Trump team 'must disclose pro-Russia ties'

Hillary Clinton's manager has said that Donald Trump's campaign team must disclose all pro-Russia links, following new allegations in the New York Times. The paper said ledgers earmarked 12.7 million US dollars in undisclosed cash payments from a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine to Mr Trump's campaign head Paul Manafort between 2007 and 2012. His lawyer said Mr Manafort had not received any such payments.

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Rangana Herath smashed 6 Australian wickets.


In reply to the Sri Lanka's first innings score of 355, Australia scored 379 runs all out in the 3rd Test of the Australia tour of Sri Lanka. Shaun Marsh scored 130 runs, Steven Smith scored 119 and Mitchell March scored 53 runs. Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath smashed 6 Australian wickets.

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Indian Premier vows his country will not bow down to terrorism.

 

 

Dressed in a white kurta and a turban streaked in shades of orange, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his speech to mark the 70th Independence Day, has underlined the government's mantra of "reform, perform and transform".
He also sent out a message that India will not tolerate or bow down to terrorism. In his 90-minute address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Modi made no reference to the situation

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Govt allocates Rs.4 billion to purchase paddy harvest of Yala season.

 

The government has approved 4 billion rupees to purchase the paddy harvest of the Yala season. The paddy marketing board says the process will commence next week. Signing of agreements with banks in this regard is now being taken place.

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Boko Haram video shows captives

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has released a video showing some of the schoolgirls they abducted from the northern town of Chibok.Some 50 girls are shown with a gunman who demands the release of fighters in return for the girls, and says some girls died in air strikes.

The government says it is in touch with the militants behind the video. A journalist who had contact with Boko Haram has been declared a wanted man by the Nigerian army. The group is said to be holding more than 200 of the 276 final-year girls it seized from a school in April 2014.

Swiss train attacker and one victim dead

A 34-year-old woman who was injured in an attack by a knifeman on a Swiss train has died in hospital. The attacker, a 27-year-old Swiss man, also died on Sunday. Five other people were hurt when the man set fire to the train and stabbed passengers in the attack on Saturday.

Two of them, including a six-year-old child, are in a serious condition. Police have said that, as yet, there is no indication of a political or terrorist motive for the attack.

The Prime Minister visited Guyang Harbour in Chongi Metro City.

 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and the Sri Lankan delegation visited the Guyang Harbour and the container terminal in Chongi Metro city, in China. This container terminal started its operations in 2013. Its constructions will be completed in 2018.

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Sri Lanka were 300 runs for 7 wickets at lunch

 

Sri Lanka were 300 runs for 7 wickets at lunch of the 2nd day in the first innings of the 3rd and final test against Australia played in SSC grounds Colombo. Dhananjaya Silva 129 runs and Dinesh Chandimal 105 runs not out.

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Syrian rebels cut off IS escape route.

Kurdish and Arab fighters say they have liberated the North Syrian town of Manbij from so-called Islamic State, cutting off its route to Europe. The coalition of militias fought 73 days to drive out IS and say they freed 2,000 civilians being used as human shields on the final day. IS captured Manbij, close to the Turkish border, two years ago.
Roads to Syria's embattled second city, Aleppo, and to the IS capital, Raqqa, pass through the town.

Michael Phelps beaten in 100 meter butterfly event.


Singapore's Joseph Schooling won his nation's first ever Olympic gold medal with victory in the 100 meters butterfly as Michael Phelps was one of three men to finish joint second. Schooling who is 21, won in an Olympic record time of 50.39 seconds. The Singaporean was always in control and won by 0.75 seconds from the trio of Phelps, South Africa's Chad le Clos and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh.

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