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Colombian President says peace with Farc will boost growth

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the peace deal with the Farc rebel group will boost economic growth and will enable the country to rebuild its social fabric. In an interview with the BBC he said, war is always more costly than peace. Santos and Farc leader Timo-chenko, are due to sign a historic peace deal later today. The Colombian President added that it will take a long time for the country to recover from more than five decades of conflict.

But Colombia's peace deal makes history in many ways, most of all for ending the last of the Cold War conflicts. There's no amnesty, unlike all previous peace accords in the region. Farc, as well as Colombia's security forces, have accepted special tribunals and a truth and reconciliation process.

UK Foreign Secretary says Russia 'may have committed war crime'

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested Russia may have committed a war crime in Syria if it was behind an attack on an aid convoy near Aleppo. He told the media that it was right to ask whether Russian forces had deliberately targeted civilians. Eighteen lorries and a warehouse were destroyed and 20 people killed in last Monday's attack.

Tulsa shooting police officer charged.

The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been charged with manslaughter. Officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher last week while he was standing next to his broken-down car.

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Attack on Yahoo hit 500 million users.

Yahoo says hackers stole information from about 500 million users in 2014 in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history. The breach included swathes of personal information including names and emails as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers”.

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US reassures support to SL

US Secretary of State John Kerry says his government highly appreciates and admires the direction of the new government of Sri Lanka.

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Facebook Founder and his wife aim to tackle all diseases within next decade.

Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged 3 billion dollars to fund medical research over the next decade. At a press conference in San Francisco, they said their ultimate goal was to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century". The funds will be distributed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which they created in December 2015.

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The US president Barack Obama hails Sri Lanka's political transformation.

The president of United States Barack Obama says Sri Lanka's current transformation is an example for the entire world. Therefore the USA is committed to provide every possible support to Sri Lanka on its forward march. The U S president made these remarks when he met President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. President Sirisena also participated in a banquet hosted by the American President.

New York bombing suspect charged

The US has charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with planting bombs in New York and New Jersey. Thirty-one people were injured when a bomb went off in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan on Saturday. Rahami had already been charged by the state of New Jersey with the attempted murder of police, during his arrest.

The new federal charges include use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing, destruction of property and use of a destructive device. Unsealed in a Manhattan federal court, the charge sheet sheds new light on Rahami's motivations.

US terror blasts suspect arrested

A man suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey is in custody after a shootout with police that began when he was found asleep in a doorway. Afghan-born Ahmad Khan Rahami is undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound after the confrontation in New Jersey.

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New York bombing suspect named as Ahmad Khan Rahami


New York officials are looking for a naturalised US citizen who was born in Afghanistan for questioning over Saturday's blast in the Chelsea area in which 29 people were injured. The suspect has been named as Ahmad Khan Rahami, aged 28. Early on Monday, a backpack containing up to five devices exploded in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when a bomb disposal robot tried to deactivate it. The suspect's last known address was in Elizabeth.