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Monthly Archives: April 2017

JVP May Day celebrations held in Dehiwala

jvpThe May Day celebrations of the People’s Liberation Front or the JVP commenced from the S. De S. Jayasinghe ground in Dehiwala with a colourful parade. The parade was flagged off by JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and saw the participation of the JVP District Councils, Electorate Councils, Trade Unions and other affiliated organizations. Representatives […]

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Earthquake, aftershock rattle corner of Canada, Alaska

quakeThe U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.3 aftershock has shaken the corner of British Columbia, near the boundary with Alaska, nearly two hours after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit the same area. The initial large quake hit around 4:30 a.m. (Local Time) Monday about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of the tiny Alaska town […]

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Turkey blocks Wikipedia for ‘not removing content’

wikipedia-turkey-blocked-access-to-the-online-encyclopedia-nationwide-metrocouk_1300845Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Turkish media said authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers “supporting terror”. Turkey has temporarily blocked social media sites including Facebook and Twitter in the past, usually following protests or terror attacks. Later on Saturday, Turkish authorities said they had […]

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Macron says EU must reform or face ‘Frexit’

macronFrench presidential favourite Emmanuel Macron has warned the EU must reform or it could face ‘Frexit’. Macron, an independent who leads his far-right rival Marine Le Pen by around 20 percentage points in the polls, is a pro-EU centrist. But ahead of Sunday’s head to head in the second and final round of voting in […]

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Japan sends biggest warship to escort US supply vessel

Japan-destroyer-Izumo-7Japan’s biggest warship Izumo departed from Yokosuka base today, to help supply the USS Carl Vinson amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula. In an apparent show of solidarity with Washington, Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the helicopter carrier on a mission to assist U.S. naval ships, a first time in Japan Self-defence Force’s […]

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Caution: The celebs who are wary of Twitter

CaptureBeauty and the Beast star Emma Watson has said she does not read social media comments for the sake of her sanity. Watson is playing the lead role in The Circle, the film adaptation of Dave Eggers’s novel about an all-seeing tech corporation. She plays a graduate who joins Hanks’s company and soon finds herself […]

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Dozens of Yazidis enslaved by IS in Iraq now free

CaptureThirty-six members of the Yazidi religious minority are free after nearly three years in the hands of so-called Islamic State (IS), the UN says. They have been taken to UN centres in Dohuk in Kurdish northern Iraq. It is unclear whether they escaped in Iraq or were freed, as the UN declined to give more […]

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Donald Trump attacks US media at 100-day Pennsylvania rally

trump rallyUS President Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on the media during a rally marking 100 days in office. He told supporters in Pennsylvania that he was keeping “one promise after another”, dismissing criticism as “fake news” by “out of touch” journalists. Mr Trump decided to skip the White House Correspondents’ Dinner – the […]

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