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Sajin de Vaas Gunawardena, who was arrested on charges of financial fraud, has been released on bail.

Former parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who was arrested on charges of financial fraud, has been released on bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate. He was ordered released on a cash bail of Rs 500,000 and 4 personal bails of Rs 500,000 each after being produced before Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilipitiya today.  His passport was also impounded.

4 police officers killed in USA

At least two snipers opened fire on police officers during protests in Dallas on Thursday night, killing four officers and injuring seven others.Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the snipers fired “ambush style” upon the officers. He said police had a suspect cornered and were negotiating with him. Brown said 11 officers were shot, three of them fatally.

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Powerful typhoon slams into Taiwan

Typhoon Nepartak made landfall on Friday morning in Taitung county in Thaiwan before weakening to a medium-strength typhoon.The Central Weather The typhoon has brought ferocious winds and torrential rains to the area.

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Indian PM to visit 4 countries

Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Africa visit, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved India signing a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Mozambique for pulses import and drug trafficking prevention, as well as with Tanzania for promotion of Indian traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy. The Cabinet also cleared an MoU with Mauritius in rural development and poverty alleviation.

Mr. Modi, during his five-day trip beginning on Thursday, will visit South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania, considered the gateway to several landlocked African countries.

Sterling falls to new low

The pound has hit a new low in Asian trading as concerns about the UK's vote to leave the European Union continue to weigh on investor confidence.
It touched $1.2798 against the dollar on Wednesday, a fresh 31-year low.
The drop came as US government bond yields fell to record lows as investors rushed for perceived safe havens.
The moves follow decisions by fund managers, including Standard Life and Aviva, to stop investors withdrawing money from their UK property funds.
They said the high levels of uncertainty caused by the referendum had led to investors rushing to pull their money out.

Suicide bombing near Saudi holy site

A suicide bomber has killed four security officers and injured five others near one of Islam's holiest sites in the Saudi city of Medina, According to the interior ministry statement the bomber detonated his explosives after being stopped outside the Prophet's Mosque,

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Rights of EU citizens living in UK

MPs have criticised the government for not guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens to remain in the UK after the country leaves the European Union.Ministers say it would be "unwise" to fully "guarantee" EU citizens' rights without a deal for Britons abroad.

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HTC announce the entry of its splendid new range of smart phones to Sri Lanka.


HTC, who is the global leader in mobile innovation and design, has announced the entry of its splendid new range of smart phones to Sri Lanka with Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel. It includes the HTC-10, HTC One X9, the trendy and youthful HTC Desire 628 as well as HTC Desire 630.

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A railway engine collided on the Rambukkana-Colombo train at Vilwatta station.

A railway engine collided on the Rambukkana-Colombo train which was stopped at the Vilwatta railway station. Two passengers have been injured and hospitalized. The Railway Control Room says the accident will cause delays for the trains plying between Mirigama and Ambepussa

Three day's of national mourning in Iraqi

The Iraqi government has declared three days of national mourning after a huge bomb in the capital Baghdad killed at least 125 people and wounded about 150.A lorry packed with explosives was detonated in the Karrada district while families were shopping for the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

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Australia leaders in talks with independent MPs

The leaders of Australia's two main political parties have begun discussions with independent MPs about forming a minority government.The result of Saturday's election is too close to call and the result will not be known until at least Tuesday.
At least 11 of 150 lower house seats remain in doubt.

The Australian Electoral Commission tally has Labor leading in 69 seats and the ruling Liberal-National coalition leading in 64 seats.
Five seats are listed as close, and another six as "not yet determined". Counting of pre-poll, postal and absentee votes will resume on Tuesday.
Despite being behind in the official tally, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said early on Sunday morning he still expected to get the 76 seats he needs to form a new administration. Postal votes are expected to favour his candidates

The Bangladeshi troops have rescued Sri Lankans who were held hostages by IS terrorists and admitted them to hospital for emergency treatment.


Sri Lanka's acting High Commissioner for Bangladesh Mrs Sesath Thambugala says the Bangladesh troops are engaged in rescue operation to free the hostages held by IS terrorists. Two of the hostages are identifies as Sri Lankans. The Bangladeshi troops have rescued these Sri Lankans and admitted to hospital for emergency treatment.

Japan to assist SL to increase the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.

The Japanese government has extended its support to Sri Lanka to increase the manufacture of pharmaceuticals in the country. The Japanese ambassador Kenichi Suganuma has disclosed this when he called on Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne recently. He has also pledged Japan's continuous support for the development of the Sri Lankan health sector.

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EU Trade Commissioner says no trade talks with Britain until it leaves the bloc.

The European Union's top trade official says the UK cannot begin negotiating terms for doing business with the bloc until after it has left. Cecilia Malmstrom stated after the Brexit, the UK would become a "third country" in EU terms.

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Turkey mourns after airport attack.


Turkey has observed a national day of mourning after a gun and suicide bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport killed 42 people, including 13 foreign nationals. Three attackers arrived in a taxi and began firing at the terminal entrance late on Tuesday.

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England thump SL to seal the ODI series


Opening batsman Jason Roy scored a second century in three games to give England a series-clinching six-wicket win over
Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international played at The Oval. Roy made 162, the second-highest score by an England batsman in a One Day International. It led England to 308, their second-highest successful chase in a One Dayer, with 11 balls to spare in a match reduced to 42 overs because of rain.

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Prime Minister David Cameron says UK will not shun Europe.

Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain "will not and should not" turn its back on Europe as it leaves the European Union.After discussing the vote to leave with other EU leaders, he said trade and security co-operation would be vital whatever the shape of future links.But he said immigration was a "great concern" among UK voters and squaring this with access to the EU single market would be a "huge challenge".

England Cricket Captain hopes the weather will not be a distraction to the decisive ODI against SL.

Captain Eoin Morgan hopes the weather will not be a distraction as England look to seal a one-day international series win over Sri Lanka today. England take a 1-nil lead to The Oval, with one victory sandwiched between an opening tie and an abandoned third One Day International. Rain is forecast today, but Morgan is keen to play and hopes to witness a solid England performance.

Istanbul attack; Turkish President hopes it will become a turning point.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the attack on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul and has expressed hope that the bombing becomes “a turning point” for the whole world to unite against terrorism.  He also disclosed initial findings indicate that ISIS bears responsibility. Erdogan pointed out the attacks, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values. He also expressed his condolences to the “citizens who lost their lives” and the entire nation. The Turkish president also said that he expects the world to demonstrate “a decisive stance” in the battle with terrorist organizations.

"Techno-Sri Lanka" Exhibition 2016

The 31st edition of the "Techno-Sri Lanka" exhibition will be held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Center from 7th to the 9th of October.  It is annually organized by the Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka.

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Argentine President and football grade Diego Maradona urge Messi not to retire.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri has asked football star Lionel Messi to stick with the national team despite his vow to quit after a humiliating defeat.

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