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Donald Trump says he likes Obama-care pillars very much

US President-elect Donald Trump has said he is open to leaving intact key parts of President Barack Obama's healthcare bill. Trump, who has pledged to repeal the 2010 law, said he will keep the ban on insurers denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.


Anti-Trump protests held for the second consecutive night

Protests have been held for a second night in several US cities after the election of Donald Trump as president, but with smaller crowds. They were mainly young people saying a Trump presidency would create deep divisions along racial and gender lines.


Obama to welcome Trump to White House


US President Barack Obama is set to meet his successor Donald Trump in the Oval Office for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition of power. However, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in several cities to voice their opposition to Trump. They shouted the slogan "Not my President", a term that was also trending on social media. Trump will become the 45th US president after securing a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.


Sri Lankan President congratulates Donald Trump on his election victory.

President Maithripala Sirisena congratulates Donald Trump on his election victory.


The President and the Prime Minister Congratulates the new US President elect Donald Trump.

World leaders are now congratulating new US president elect Donald trump for his excellent victory. President Maithripala Sirisena congratulated Donald Trump on his Presidential Election victory. He says Sri Lanka is wiling to work collaboratively with him. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has also extended congratulations to Donald Trump on his ascension to Presidency, saying his pathway to the White House was 'truly remarkable'.


America gets ready to go to polls

The Americans are getting ready to go to the polls to elect their 45th president. All 50 states and Washington DC will go to the polls across six different time zones on Election Day. The voting is scheduled to start at 5.30 p.m. tomorrow Sri Lankan time. Dixville Notch in New Hampshire is expected to declare its result before the polls even open everywhere else since it has a tradition of middle-of-the-night voting.

A total number of 120 million persons are eligible to vote. However, a record number of Americans, more than 46 million have voted early by post or at polling stations.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been criss-crossing America in a final push for votes before Election Day. Both have been holding rallies in the battleground states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Clinton urged voters to back a "hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America" while Trump told supporters they had a "magnificent chance to beat the corrupt system".

Hillary Clinton's final campaign stop is a midnight "get out the vote" event in Raleigh, North Carolina, which is due to feature pop star Lady Gaga. Meanwhile, Donald Trump's final event is a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Opinion Polls have given Democrat Clinton a four-point lead over Republican Trump.

US election 2016: Trump cries foul as FBI clears Clinton.

Donald Trump has accused the FBI of impropriety after it once again said that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges over her emails. The FBI director said a fresh inquiry into the Democratic candidate's communications found nothing to change the bureau's conclusion this summer.


IS bombs kill 17 civilians as Mosul battle rages.

Seventeen civilians have been killed by roadside bombs in Iraq as they fled from a northern town held by so-called Islamic State, police say. Several families were riding in a lorry when it was hit by two explosions. A policeman also died. They were fleeing from Hawija, west of the city of Kirkuk. The deaths came as Iraqi government-led forces continued their assault on Mosul further north - the last city still occupied by IS.

Venezuela talks last chance for peace

US say talks between Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition are the "last best effort" to finding a peaceful solution to the country's political impasse. US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon said if the talks failed, it could lead to both sides "putting people on the streets". He said such a result would be very dangerous. It comes after President Maduro rejected calls for an early election.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's health improves

Indian daily 'The Hindu' reports, with a marked improvement in her health status, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram is likely to be moved out of the critical care unit to a private room in about three days.

In view of the progress she has been making, sources have told the paper that if things go as per plan, she will be discharged in three weeks. Physiotherapy is being continued to help rehabilitation after she spent nearly a month on a hospital bed. Doctors have said she will also be able to speak soon.