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Syrians still wait for aid three days after truce.

Syrians deprived of food in eastern Aleppo are still waiting for aid three days after a truce was agreed. The UN is angry that its aid convoys remain stuck at the Turkish border because permits promised by the Syrian government have not materialised.

Russia, an ally of Syria's president, says government forces are now moving back from a key road into Aleppo. But a US state department spokesman said he did not have "intelligence or facts" to confirm a withdrawal.

UK approves French -Chinese nuclear plant deal.

The government has approved a new 18 billion pounds nuclear power station in the UK after imposing "significant new safeguards" to protect national security.

The new plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is being financed by the French and Chinese governments. However, the UK government says it will have control over foreign investment in "critical infrastructure". Ministers will be able to stop EDF, the state-controlled French energy firm, from selling its stake in Hinkley.

Former Maldivian rivals Nasheed and Gayoom join hands

Former President of Maldives Mohammed Nasheed says he has come to a clear agreement with long-time ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on the need for democracy in Male. Observing that he could not spell out the agreement he had reached with Gayoom in “black and white”, he said the internal contradictions in Male would play out very soon.


UK MPs decry Libya campaign

A UK parliamentary report has severely criticized the intervention by Britain and France that led to the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The foreign affairs committee accused the then Prime Minister David Cameron of lacking a coherent strategy for the air campaign.

It said the intervention had not been "informed by accurate intelligence", and that it led to the rise of so-called Islamic State in North Africa. The UK government said it had been an international decision to intervene. The action had been called for by the Arab League and authorized by the UN Security Council, the Foreign Office added.

Somalia hosts heads of state summit for 1st time in 30 years.

 Somalia today was hosting its first regional summit of African heads of state in 30 years, a source of pride in this Horn of Africa country after decades of chaos and deadly attacks by al-Shabab extremists.


Enhanced security for Sri lanka's envoy to Malaysia

The malaysian Police have stepped-up security at the workplace and residence of Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ibrahim Ansar, following his group assault on Sept 4. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Ibrahim has also been provided with personal security.


Rajiv case convict Perarivalan attacked in jail

A G Peralivalan, one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, was today attacked inside the high security central prison in Vellore by another inmate.

Officials declined to spell out details of the incident, including the reason for the attack, maintaining that an inquiry by prison authorities was on.

Perarivalan is being treated at the prison hospital, police said.

Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a suicide bomber at nearby Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991 and seven persons-- Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Nalini, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Ravichandran, were convicted in the case.

Syria Cessation of hostilities comes into effect.

A cessation of hostilities has come into effect in Syria, although it is unclear how widely it will be observed. The Syrian army says it is implementing the truce, which began at sunset, but rebel groups have been more guarded.


Nepali PM is to visit India

Nepali Foreign Affairs Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat is scheduled to embark on a three-day official visit to India upon an invitation from his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj tomorrow.


Russia says ceasefire deal for Syria war being held up by US

Russia has said agreement on a ceasefire deal in Syria is being held up by the United States. The two sides have been holding talks in Geneva and the US has said discussions are "making progress". However, a US official later confirmed that deliberations in Washington were behind delays to a deal.


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