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Trump insists 'Obama is founder of IS'.

Republican Donald Trump has described US President Barack Obama as the "founder" of the Islamic State group. Mr Trump also attacked his Democratic rival for the White House, Hillary Clinton, calling her a "co-founder". She responded by accusing him of "trash-talking" the US and echoing the talking points of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr Trump stood by his remarks on Thursday, using a sports phrase to say Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton were the Islamic State's "most valuable players".

Niluka Karunaratne lost his opening badminton match at Rio.

Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne lost his opening men’s single group ‘P’ match of the XXX1st Olympic Games badminton completion to China’s Long Chen at Riocentro Pavilion Four on Thursday. Chen took just 40 minutes to win in straight sets 2-0.

2000 fruit villages will be set up this year.

Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake says 2000 fruit villages will be set up this year. At a ceremony held in Waters Edge Hotel in Battaramulla today the minister said fruits produced by the farmers under this project will be exported. A programme titled "good agricultural practices" was launched at this ceremony. Under this programme good international market will be created for Sri Lanka's fruits and vegetables. 25,000 female farmer associations will also be established in the country. Director General of Agriculture Department Rohana Wijekonne were also present at this ceremony.

India declares a daughters' day.

India has launched a campaign on social media to celebrate daughters, daughters-in-law and granddaughters this week and is observing a Daughter's Day on Thursday.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi told the BBC that the Daughters' Day and the Daughters' Week were aimed at reducing female foeticide, improving India's skewed sex ratio and educating girls.

Senior Journalist Elmo Fernando no more.

Senior Journalist Elmo Fernando passed away at his residence early today. He was 75. Elmo Fernando who joined the SLBC in 1967 displayed his talents as a popular announcer, a news caster and a programme producer as well as a news reporter.


Parents of Americans killed in Benghazi sue Hillary Clinton.

The parents of two Americans killed in a 2012 attack in the Libyan city of Benghazi have sued Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, parents of Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods, filed a lawsuit against Mrs Clinton for wrongful death and defamation.


Majestic Michael Phelps extends his Olympic gold medal tally to 21.

Record-breaking Michael Phelps extended his tally to 
21 Olympic gold medals as he won individual and team titles on day four at Rio 2016. The American, who is 31, comprehensively beat defending champion Chad le Clos in the 200 meters butterfly event. The most decorated Olympian of all time then helped the US win the men's 4x200 meter freestyle relay by a wide margin. Phelps has won more than twice as many Olympic gold medals as the athlete second on the list, former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina whose medal tally stands at nine.
Meanwhile, a bus carrying journalists between Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro has had two windows smashed, after stones were thrown at it last evening. There was initial alarm when it was thought the damage was caused by gunfire. A few of the dozen people on board suffered minor cuts. The bus was travelling between a hockey venue and the main press centre.
Meanwhile, confusion abounded at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre as the normally azure pool water turned a swampy green for the women's synchronized 10 meter platform final. Divers were forced to compete in water the colour sea lions, rather than Olympians are accustomed to performing in. Inside the press room, journalists chatted about the possibility of the water having not been treated properly overnight, causing a drop in chlorine levels and the formation of algae.

Brazil senate votes for suspended President's trial.

The Brazilian Senate has voted to hold an impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who is accused of breaking the budget law. The senate voted 59 to 21 in favour of going ahead with the trial against Rousseff following a marathon debate that ended early today.

The Senate suspended Rousseff in May over alleged illegal accounting practices. She says they were common practice under previous administrations.

Best entrepreneurs of the export sector are honored with Presidential awards.

Best entrepreneurs of the export sector for 2014 and 2015 are honored with Presidential awards. The awarding ceremony was held at the BMICH this evening under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Brandix Apparel Company Limited was honored as the best exporter of the year.


Japan says ties with China 'deteriorating' over disputed islands

Japan's foreign minister has warned that ties with China are "significantly deteriorating", after Chinese vessels repeatedly entered disputed waters in the East China Sea. Fumio Kishida said he had called China's ambassador to protest against the "incursions".


Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been sent home from the Olympics after drinking alcohol on a night out in Rio.

Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been sent home from the Olympics after drinking alcohol on a night out in Rio. Having qualified for the finals of the rings event on Saturday, Van Gelder spent the night celebrating and returned in the early hours of Sunday.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticises attacks on Dalits.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has criticised recent attacks against India's low-caste Dalit community.

Speaking in Hyderabad, Mr Modi  has inquired  as to the reason why they  torture their  Dalit brothers

Republican security experts attack Trump.


An open letter signed by 50 Republican national security experts has warned that nominee Donald Trump "would be the most reckless president" in US history. The group, which includes the former CIA director Michael Hayden, said Trump "lacks the character


Swimmer Mathew Abeysinghe to compete in the the Rio Olympics today.


Mathew Abeysinghe will compete in the 100 meters free stroke swimming event of the Rio Olympics today. Meanwhile, Chamara Nuwan Dharmawardena who took part in the Judo event yesterday was able to win the first round. Although he was able to defeat Samoan Barith


Embilipitiya special economic centre will be completely modernized.


Minister P. Harrison says that Embilipitiya special economic centre will be completely modernized. At a meeting with the businessmen in the area held at the Embilipitiya Divisional Secretariat office he said infrastructure facilities of the special economic


Pakistan hospital bomb attack kills dozens in Quetta.


Peiris for weight lifting and Chamara Nuwan Dharmawardena for Judo will participate in Rio Olympics today. USA is in the lead of the medal table of Rio Olympics with 3 gold, 5 Silver and 4 bronze medals. China is in the 2nd place with 3 gold 2 Silver and 3 bronze medals. Australia is in the 3rd place with 3 gold and 3 Bronze medals.


Several Sri Lankan players to compete in Rio today


Sri Lanka's Mangala Samarakoon for shooting, Suresh Peiris for weight lifting and Chamara Nuwan Dharmawardena for Judo will participate in Rio Olympics today. USA is in the lead of the medal table of Rio Olympics with 3 gold, 5 Silver and 4 bronze medals.


Western Province Chief Minister requests SLFPers not to be deceived by political conspirators.


Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya requests SLFP members not to be deceived by political conspirators. Mr. Devapriya at a media briefing at his Ministry this morning has accused Basil Rajapaksa trying to divide the SLFP


Japan's Emperor hints at wish to abdicate.


Japan's Emperor Akihito has said he fears age and deteriorating health mean he is finding it difficult to continue in his role. The revered 82-year-old emperor's comments came in his second-ever televised address to the public.


107 Ayurvedic doctors to be recruited.


107 Ayurvedic doctors are to be recruited. Commissioner of Ayurveda L.H.Thilakarathne says the government has already given its approval in this regard. The interviews will be held from Thursday to Saturday.


High demand for SL Tuna fish in the global market.


The demand for Sri Lankan Tuna fish in the global market has increased rapidly. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says its high nutritional level is the main reason.


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