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Trump says FBI inquiry into Russia links 'hurts US terribly'.

President Donald Trump says the decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee the inquiry into Russian influence on his election "hurts our country terribly". He said the US was being made to look "divided, mixed up", media reported. Earlier, he tweeted that the decision was "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".

Corruption 'weakens fight against Boko Haram'

The campaign group Transparency International says corruption in the Nigerian military is weakening the country's efforts to fight Boko Haram insurgents.
It accuses officials of creating fake defence contracts and stealing money meant to provide vital equipment. It says this has left the army under-resourced and insufficiently trained.
A Nigerian defence spokesman Major General John Enenche, said the allegations did not apply to the current crop of military officers.

China says it has successfully tested new type of missile

China’s defense ministry says the military has successfully test-fired a new type of missile into waters near the Korean Peninsula. The test came amid Chinese anger over the deployment in South Korea of a sophisticated US missile defense system that Beijing opposes because its radars are allegedly capable of peering deep into China to detect rocket launches and aircraft movements. The defence ministry said last month it would respond by continuing to test new types of weapons under conditions simulating actual combat.

Polls open in South Korea presidential election.

Polls have opened in South Korea's presidential election, called early after a corruption scandal that brought down President Park Geun-hye. Left-leaning Moon Jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist Ahn Cheol-soo his nearest challenger.

The election is being closely watched at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea. Mr Moon wants to increase contact with the North - in contrast to Ms Park who cut almost all ties to Pyongyang.

French president-elect to fight 'forces of division'

Emmanuel Macron has vowed to fight "the forces of division that undermine France" after easily winning the run-off election for the French presidency. The centrist candidate, 39, defeated the far right's Marine Le Pen, winning 66.06 percent of the vote to her 33.94 percent. Acknowledging his victory, Mr Macron told supporters he wanted to ensure Le Pen voters "no longer have a reason to vote for an extremist position".

The president extends well wishes to the Indian Prime Minister for launching a SAARC Satellite.


President Maithripala Sirisena extends well wishes to the Indian Prime Minister for launching a SAARC Satellite. Addressing the India Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the President's house in Anuradhapura via satellite technology the president said this is a significant development in the communication sector as the Sri Lanka and all other SAARC countries can utilize this satellite for common communication system. The President also thanked the Indian leader for his commitment to enhance the connectivity and relationship among the SAARC countries.

Trump scores healthcare victory in House.


The US House of Representatives has passed a healthcare bill, bringing President Trump's pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare a stride closer. The American Health Care Act passed with a vote to spare, after weeks of cajoling within the Republican party to muster enough support. Democrats were unanimously opposed and their House leader Nancy Pelosi called it a "cowardly choice". President Trump predicted this "great plan" would now get Senate backing.

UK says it will 'not pay 100 billion euro divorce bill.

The UK will not pay a 100bn-euro "divorce bill" to leave the EU, Brexit Secretary David Davis has said.
He told ITV's Good Morning Britain the UK would pay what was legally due, "not just what the EU wants".
It comes amid claims by the Financial Times that the settlement sought by the EU had risen from 60bn euros.
Mr Davis said the UK treated its EU "rights and obligations" seriously but it had "not seen any number", adding the EU was playing "rough and tough". (BBC)

Pakistan naval ship arrives at Sri Lanka port on a goodwill mission

Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Pakistan Maritime Security Ship Dasht arrived at the Port of Colombo today on a goodwill visit. Recently built in China and equipped with state-of-the-art guns, PMSS Dasht is part of the Pakistan navy.

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Opponents of Venezuelan President staged demonstrations demanding elections.

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have set up roadblocks and staged demonstrations demanding elections as the country's political and economic crisis deepens. They responded with defiance to his call for a new constitution to end unrest that has killed 28 people.

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