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I wasn’t aware of threat, says Sri Lankan President

COLOMBO: President Maithripala Sirisena has said he was not aware of likely bomb attacks in the country, though Sri Lankan security agencies had received prior intelligence, including from India, on the imminent threat. The information received from the State intelligence agencies was not passed on to him by relevant officials, ...

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Sri Lankan civil aviation bans drones and unmanned aircraft

Sri Lankan Civil Aviation Authority has announced that the use of drones and all unmanned aircraft has been banned in Sri Lankan airspace, as the government seeks to address the issue of potential terrorist threats in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks. The ban on drones is reported to remain in effect ...

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Children sickened in Pakistan after polio vaccinations

PESHAWAR: Hundreds of school children in Pakistan were taken to hospitals Monday complaining of nausea and vomiting after being given polio vaccinations, officials said. They said angry family members responded by storming a local health facility in Peshawar and setting it ablaze. The incident deals another blow to efforts to ...

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Dozens missing in collapse at Myanmar jade mine

NAY PYI TAW: More than 50 people went missing after a landslide hit major jade mining area in the country’s northern Kachin state, an official said. The accident occurred near Maw Wun kalay village in Hpakant Township when a mud-filter pond, situated in an old mining site, collapsed last night ...

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Sri Lankan bombings death toll rises to 359, new suspects arrested

COLOMBO: The number of people killed in a series of deadly blasts that hit Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to 359, Ada Derana news portal reported, citing police. According to previous reports, 321 people were killed in the explosions. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara has reportedly said Wednesday morning that 18 suspects ...

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Afghan women go online to set #myredline for peace

KABUL: Kobra Samim, who rides for Afghanistan’s national cycling team, wrote on Facebook that women’s participation in sport is her “red line” as the US tries to forge a peace deal with the Taliban. Former politician Farkhunda Zahra Naderi tweeted that the protection of female leadership roles should be non-negotiable. ...

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Indian extradited to US from Singapore in call center fraud

AHMEDABAD: Hitesh Madhubhai Patel, 42, of Ahmedabad, India, was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in a Houston, Texas federal court for his role in a case that was first announced in 2016, charging 60 people with wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. Patel ran the HGlobal call center, one of ...

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Indian PM votes in general election, calls for national security

NEW DELHI: Millions of Indians are voting in the third and largest phase of a staggered general election on Tuesday, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi who cast his ballot in his home state of Gujarat and again underlined the need to combat “terrorism”. In all, 188 million Indians are eligible ...

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UK stands in solidarity with govt, people of Sri Lanka: Jeremy Hunt

LONDON: United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP said on Sunday that the UK stands in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world and with the government and people of Sri Lanka. According to a statement issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office here on Sunday, speaking ...

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