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Brazil's Dilma Rousseff testifies at impeachment trial

The impeachment trial of Brazil's Dilma Rousseff has reached a dramatic point with the suspended president defending herself in the Senate. Ms Rousseff is accused of illegally manipulating the budget to hide a growing deficit.

She denies the allegations and says the impeachment proceedings amount to a coup d'etat. Senators are due to vote this week on whether to remove her from office for good or whether to reinstate her.

A suicide attack in Yemen kills 40

At least 40 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing at a military facility in the southern Yemen city of Aden.
A training camp, or compound used by the pro-government Popular Resistance militia, was hit, reports say.
So-called Islamic State said it carried out the attack.
It comes amid a fresh push to end Yemen's 17-month-old war between Saudi-backed government and rebels that the UN says has left 6,600 people dead.
Some 2.5 million Yemenis have also been displaced.

A ceasefire takes effect in Colombia

A ceasefire has come into effect in Colombia between the main leftist rebel group and the government, ending one of the world's longest insurgencies.
The ceasefire came after four years of peace talks in Cuba between the Farc and the government.
The final agreement on ending the 52-year-old war will be signed next month.
Farc leader Rodrigo Londono, known as Timoleon Jimenez or Timochenko, gave the order to stop firing.
"Never again will parents be burying their sons and daughters killed in the war,'' Timochenko told journalists. "All rivalries and grudges will remain in the past," he said.

John Kerry arrives in Bangladesh

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Bangladesh on Monday to discuss security cooperation as well as economic development and human rights.

He will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Opposition and civic leaders during the one-day visit.

While security cooperation between the United States and Bangladesh is not new, the Bangladeshi government has insisted the latest attacks, including the recent killings at a cafe that targeted non-Muslims and foreigners, are the work of home-grown groups.

A ceasefire takes effect in Colombia

A ceasefire has come into effect in Colombia between the main leftist rebel group and the government, ending one of the world's longest insurgencies.
The ceasefire came after four years of peace talks in Cuba between the Farc and the government.
The final agreement on ending the 52-year-old war will be signed next month.
Farc leader Rodrigo Londono, known as Timoleon Jimenez or Timochenko, gave the order to stop firing.
"Never again will parents be burying their sons and daughters killed in the war,'' Timochenko told journalists. "All rivalries and grudges will remain in the past," he said.

US and Russia are closer to Syriia ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov "have achieved clarity on the path forward" in Syria, but have "narrow issues" to resolve. The two held talks in Geneva to try to find a way of reviving a cessation of hostilities that faltered months ago.

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Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna says he expects to reduce the prices of medicines up to 85 percent after the relevant gazette notification issued.

 

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna says he expects to reduce the prices of medicines up to 85 percent after the relevant gazette notification issued.  Then, the pharmaceutical companies will not be allowed to arbitrary increase the prices and other additional expenses.

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Turkey suffers first death in cross-border campaign

 

The military says that Turkey has suffered its first loss of life in an intensifying campaign in northern Syria.A soldier was killed when Kurdish fighters fired on tanks. Kurdish media say three tanks were destroyed.Turkish armour crossed the border earlier this week in an operation aimed at so-called Islamic State but also at Kurdish forces in the area.

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Turkey suffers first death in cross-border campaign

 

The military says that Turkey has suffered its first loss of life in an intensifying campaign in northern Syria.A soldier was killed when Kurdish fighters fired on tanks. Kurdish media say three tanks were destroyed.Turkish armour crossed the border earlier this week in an operation aimed at so-called Islamic State but also at Kurdish forces in the area.

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The 3rd ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia will be played at Rangiri Dambulu Cricket stadium as a day and night encounter.

 

The 3rd ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia will be played at Rangiri Dambulu Cricket stadium as a day and night encounter. The ground has not been utilized for a long time due to reconstruction at the site.

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Illegal street hawkers in Colombo city will be removed from the 15th of next month.

 

It has been decided to remove the illegal street hawkers, advertisements and cart traders from the 15th of next month. This decision has been taken at a meeting held at the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government recently. The meeting was held under the patronage of the Secretary of the Ministry Kamal Pathmasiri.

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Italy holds day of mourning for quake dead

A day of national mourning has begun in Italy for the almost 300 people who died when a powerful earthquake hit mountainous central regions. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is due to attend state funerals for victims from Arquata, one of the worst-hit towns. A state of emergency has been declared in affected areas and 50 million pounds in funds pledged for rebuilding. The official death toll stands at 278 and no survivors have been found since Wednesday evening.

Polish Olympian sells Rio medal to save three-year-old battling cancer


Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, who took silver at the Rio Olympics, said that he auctioned off his medal this week to fund treatment for a three-year-old boy struck with cancer. The 33-year-old world champion wrote on his Facebook page that he was moved to auction his prize after receiving a letter from the mother of a boy called Olek
who said he had been battling eye cancer for two years and that treatment in New York was his only hope.

The Philippines government and rebels have agreed indefinite ceasefires


The Philippines government and Maoist-led rebels have agreed indefinite ceasefires as part of an accord to accelerate efforts to end a conflict ..

The government expressed hopes that a peace agreement could be reached within a year after the Oslo talks. The guerrillas, who reiterated demands for “revolutionary change,” stopped short of setting a deadline.

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New FM of Nepal for friendly ties with neighbours

The Newly elected Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat assured that he would establish friendly ties with the neighbouring countries based on trust and mutual understanding.

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The price of diesel will not be increased due to tax revisions on diesel products.

 

 

The government has decided to increase the manufacturing tax on a diesel litre to ten rupees from the current 3 rupees.

The Ministry of Finance reiterates that this tax revision will not lead to an increase in the price of diesel. The main objective of the tax amendment is to gain the advantage of the declining crude oil prices in the world market to the government.

UN Secretary General to visit SL on Wednesday.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will arrive in Sri Lanka on Wednesday as a part of his Asian tour, which begins tomorrow. On Wednesday evening, the UN Chief is scheduled to meet with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and other members of the government as well as the Parliament.

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State of emergency declared in Italy quake zone.


Italy has declared a state of emergency in the regions worst hit by Wednesday's earthquake as hopes of finding more survivors fade. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged 50 million euros in funds for rebuilding. At least 250 people are now known to have died and 365 were injured. Teams have continued to search the rubble of toppled buildings for a second night. However, hundreds of aftershocks have hampered the efforts of the 5,000 rescuers.

Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts.

Hundreds of aftershocks have rocked devastated areas of central Italy, hampering search efforts after a deadly earthquake. A strong tremor with magnitude 4.3 struck on Thursday afternoon, sending rescuers fleeing from already fragile buildings.

About 5,000 rescue workers are combing through rubble for survivors using heavy machinery or bare hands. At least 250 people are now known to have died afterWednesday's quake.

Steven Smith heads home to rest ahead of 2016-17.

Australia captain Steven Smith will miss the remainder of the tour of Sri Lanka - three ODIs and two T20Is - as he returns home to rest ahead of the tour of South Africa. David Warner will lead the side in the rest of the fixtures in Sri Lanka.

Smith revealed the development at the end of the second ODI in Colombo, which Sri Lanka won by 82 runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.  Australia have lost four of their five international fixtures on tour so far, but Smith suggested his early departure had been considered since much earlier in the tour.

Australia's last match in Sri Lanka is a T20 international on September 9. Their tour of South Africa begins on September 27 with an ODI against Ireland in Benoni, after which they play five ODIs against South Africa. Smith, who is Australia's captain across all formats, said the role remained manageable despite the team's busy schedule. 

The Prime Minister says the present government was created to bring down the cost living burden of the workers.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says measures will be taken to further develop the investments, production and trade sectors in the country to provide benefits to the people.

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