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Donald Trump warns vote could be 'rigged'

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has suggested that the November election could be "rigged". He told a rally in Columbus, Ohio, that he had heard "more and more" that the contest would be unfair.

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Rio Olympics : SL swimmers receive foreign training.

Swimmer Mathew Abeysinghe who will be representing Sri Lanka at the Rio Olympics will join the team after a training at the United States. Secretary of the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Association Migara Gunaratne says Mathew will compete for the 100 meters free style swimming event.

Meanwhile, Kimiko Raheem who will be representing Sri Lanka at the 100 meters backstroke swimming event is to join the team after a training in Thailand.

US warplanes launch bombing campaign on Islamic State in Libya

US planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the UN-backed government’s request to help push the militants from their former stronghold of Sirte .Thet US officials described it as the start of a sustained campaign against the extremist group in the city.

“The first air strikes were carried out at specific locations in Sirte today causing severe losses to enemy ranks,” Prime Minster Fayez Seraj said on state TV. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the strikes did not have “an end point at this particular moment in time”.

The militants seized the Mediterranean coastal city last year, making it their most important base outside Syria and Iraq. But they are now besieged in a few square kilometres of the centre, where they hold strategic sites, including the Ouagadougou conference hall, the central hospital and the university.

Seraj said the Presidential Council of his Government of National Accord, had decided to “activate” its participation in the international coalition against Islamic State

India to evacuate jobless Indians from Saudi Arabia

A large number of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia who have lost their jobs and cannot even buy food due to severe financial hardship will be brought back home. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that not one of them will go hungry.

Duputy Minisdter of Externqal AffairsV K Singh is leaving for Saudi Arabia to oversee the evacuation process.

Mr. Sushma Swaraj said the Indian embassy in the Gulf nation was running five camps to feed the affected people.

Issues like logistics and modalities of a possible repatriation of the workers who want to return to India will be worked out during Singh's visit.

Official sources said approximately 10,000 Indian workers have been affected by the economic slowdown in the Gulf.

Sources said 3,172 Indian workers in Riyadh have not been paid their salary dues for several months but are getting regular rations.

Tokyo elects first female governor.

Former Defence Minister Yuriko Koike has been elected governor of Tokyo, the first woman to lead Japan's capital.
Koike, running as an independent candidate, received more than 2.9 million votes in yesterday's election, beating her opponents by a wide margin. One of her key challenges will be curbing the financial problems plaguing Tokyo's preparations to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

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Asian Alliance tops at the Insurance Awards.

The Asian Alliance Insurance Company has been able to win four Excellent Awards at the Insurance Awards ceremony held recently. They were presented to the company for having the best Insurance Agency Net Work, best life insurance policy and for using modern technology for insurance.

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SL Olympic Team leaves for Brazil today.

The will leave for Brazil today. The team is comprised of
9 athletes. It will be led by Marathon runner Anuradha Indrajith Cooray. He along with Geethani Rajasekera and Sumedha Ranasinghe will be featured in the athletic events while Mathew Abeysinghe and Kimiko Rahim will represent
Sri Lanka in the swimming events.

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US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

 


American Luke Aikins has become the first person to jump from 25,000 ft (7,620m) without a parachute, landing safely in a net.
Mr Aikins - who has more than 18,000 jumps under his belt - fell dead centre into the 100x100ft net in Simi Valley, southern California.

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Multiple victims in Texas shootings

 

One person is dead and four others have been hospitalised after two separate shooting incidents in the Texan city of Austin, police say. Both crime scenes are now secure, Austin police say, after earlier reporting an "active shooter incident".

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Kei Nishikori will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup.

 

Kei Nishikori will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup after beating Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.

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An amended program of providing concessionary vehicle permits for public officers.

 

Cabinet approval has been granted for the reintroduction of an amended program of providing concessionary vehicle permits for public officers. Accordingly, a permit holder will be entitled to a 50 percent waiver on all taxes payable on an imported vehicle valued up to 30,000 US dollars.

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Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says the Sea Freighters Association contributes a lot for the development of import - export sector.

 

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says the Sea Freighters Association contributes a lot for the development of import - export sector in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the government is committed to provide required facilities for the security and promotion of ship owners.

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A test victory for Sri Lanka against Australia after 17 years.

 

The Sri Lankan Cricket Team has gained a test victory after 17 years. It was a remarkable win for Sri Lanka, who were shot out for 117 in the first innings and were reeling at six for two in the second before Kusal Mendis made an epic 176, which earned him

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The President congratulates the Sri Lanka Cricket Team over the victory against Australia.

 

President Maithripala Sirisena congratulates the Sri Lanka Cricket Team for their remarkable Test victory against Australia after 17 years.  The President has telephoned to the Skipper of the Team Angelo Mathew this evening over this victory.  

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A test victory for Sri Lanka against Australia after 17 years.

 

The Sri Lankan Cricket Team has gained a test victory after 17 years. It was a remarkable win for Sri Lanka, who were shot out for 117 in the first innings and were reeling at six for two in the second before Kusal Mendis made an epic 176,

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Pakistan assures continues support for HR & Entrepreneurship development in SL.

The Pakistani government has assured its continuous support for Sri Lanka's human resource and entrepreneurship development. Pakistani High Commissioner Syed Shakeel Hussein stated this while joining the ceremony held recently, to declare open IT laboratory of the Federation of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka. It is a donation of the Pakistani government. The laboratory is equipped with 15 desktop computers and 5 laptops.

Turkish President to drop insult lawsuits.

Turkish President has said he is withdrawing all lawsuits against people charged with insulting him. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was inspired by the feelings of unity in the wake of the recent failed coup.

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Hillary Clinton to accept historic Democratic nomination.

Hillary Clinton is set to accept the Democratic presidential nomination at her party's convention in Philadelphia, the first woman to do so in US history. She will make her case for the White House as the event draws to a close.

Her high-stakes remarks follow a rousing speech by US President Barack Obama, who said there had never been a man or woman more qualified than Mrs Clinton to serve as president. Chelsea Clinton, Mrs Clinton's daughter, will introduce her.

Mohammad Hafeez highest earning Pakistan cricketer in 2015-16

Senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez has turned out to be the highest earning Pakistani cricketer in 2015-16 after he took home approximately 39 million rupees as earnings from the Cricket Board.

According to documents sent by the PCB to the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Co-ordination for the fiscal year 2015-16, it paid some 46 cricketers around 550 million rupees as their fees and bonuses for all formats of the game. Not surprisingly the players representing Pakistan in all three formats have earned the highest money in the last fiscal year.

Sarfaraz Ahmed earned around 33 million rupees. In contrast flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who now represents Pakistan in only T20 cricket, earned approximately 18 million rupees.

Merkel rules out migrant policy reversal after attacks

Recent attacks in Germany involving asylum-seekers would not change its willingness to take in refugees, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. She said the attackers "wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need.

We firmly reject this". But she did propose new measures to improve security. These include information sharing, deciphering web chatter and tackling arms sales on the internet.

Hillary Clinton was formally anointed Democratic presidential candidate

Hillary Clinton was formally anointed Democratic presidential candidate on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to run for the White House on behalf of a major U.S. political party.

The 68-year-old former secretary of state, who enjoys near universal name recognition after almost four-decade public life, exceeded the 2,382-delegate threshold needed to clinch the nomination amid huge applause in the hall.

The tally included the overwhelming support by unpledged delegates or superdelegates for her. Superdelegates are party leaders who are free to vote at the party's convention.

However, her historic victory was overshadowed by the fallout of damaging leakage of internal emails revealing backroom bias against Clinton's rival Bernie Sanders during bitter primaries. The revelation sparked protests by thousands of Sanders supporters as the four-day convention kicked off here on Monday.

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