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Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins local council polls


September 9th, 2012 - 7:41 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 9 (IANS) Sri Lanka's ruling party was the overall winner at elections held in three local councils a day earlier, showed official results released Sunday.The United Peoples Freedom ... Read more...

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Iraq signs gas deal with Pakistani energy firm


July 16th, 2012 - 6:02 am ICT by IANS
Baghdad, July 16 (IANS) Iraq has signed a deal with a Pakistani energy company to explore for natural gas in eastern Iraq, Xinhua reported."The Iraqi oil ministry is signing a ... Read more...

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Chinese firm to build Sri Lanka dam


June 8th, 2012 - 4:36 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 8 (IANS) A Chinese company has bagged the contract to build the main dam for the Moragahakanda reservoir in Sri Lanka.The Sinohydro Corporation will build the $382 million ... Read more...

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Krishna flies to Jaffna to assist ethnic Tamils


January 18th, 2012 - 11:56 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 18 (IANS) India's External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna Wednesday flew from by chopper to Kilinochchi on way to Jaffna in the northern province of Sri Lanka to meet ... Read more...

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India to fund development projects in Lanka (Lead)


January 17th, 2012 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 17 (IANS) India will extend financial assistance to Sri Lanka in restoring livelihoods of the ethnic Tamils and reviving the economy in the northern region of the island ... Read more...

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Krishna holds talks with Sri Lankan president, PM


January 17th, 2012 - 12:52 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 17 (IANS) India's External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna Tuesday held a breakfast meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the second day of his four-day visit to ... Read more...

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Haqqani network leader held in Afghanistan


November 30th, 2011 - 4:13 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul, Nov 30 (IANS) A leader of the Haqqani network was detained in Afghanistan Wednesday, Afghan forces and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.The leader, whose name ... Read more...

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NATO blames Pakistani Taliban for Kabul attack


September 15th, 2011 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul, Sep 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The top brass of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has blamed the Pakistani Taliban for staging the 20-hour siege in Kabul that ... Read more...

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China tightens nuke safety ahead of storms


June 23rd, 2011 - 3:10 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, June 23 (IANS) Marine disaster warning measures will be tightened for nuclear plants in China's coastal areas as typhoon-triggered storms are predicted this year, the China Daily said Thursday.The ... Read more...

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Australia funds mine clearance in Sri Lanka


April 7th, 2011 - 6:16 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 7 (IANS) Australia has released an additional Rs.480 million for demining in Sri Lanka.The funding was released in conjunction with the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance ... Read more...

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Taliban seizes eastern Afghan district


March 30th, 2011 - 12:33 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Mar. 30 (ANI): Taliban fighters have seized the poorly armed eastern Afghanistan district of Waygal in a rare show of force.They launched a coordinated assault on the local government building ... Read more...

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Millions short of water as drought hits eastern China


December 30th, 2010 - 11:21 am ICT by IANS
Beijing, Dec 30 (IANS) A severe drought in China's eastern Shandong province has left tens of thousands of people short of drinking water and dried up vast swathes of farmland.The drought, worst ... Read more...

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47 Algerians missing in Mediterranean Sea


December 13th, 2010 - 11:36 pm ICT by IANS
Algiers, Dec 13 (IANS) At least 47 Algerian illegal immigrants who were travelling in two wooden boats to Italy went missing in the Mediterranean Sea, Xinhua reported Monday. Algerian coast guards alerted ... Read more...

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India asks Sri Lanka to launch dialogue for political settlement


November 26th, 2010 - 4:18 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Nov 26 (IANS) India Friday pressed Sri Lanka to launch a "structured dialogue" to address issues related to rehabilitation of those displaced by the war and a political settlement, and Colombo ... Read more...

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Turks vote on proposed constitutional reforms


September 12th, 2010 - 1:53 pm ICT by IANS
Istanbul, Sep 12 (DPA) Turks began voting Sunday morning in a national referendum on a package of constitutional amendments that has polarised the country and has the potential for far-reaching changes to ... Read more...

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India assures assistance to Sri Lanka’s war-displaced Tamils


August 31st, 2010 - 9:51 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Aug 31 (ANI): India on Tuesday assured all kinds of assistance to Sri Lanka's war-displaced Tamils during the visit of Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who visited the Internally Displaced Persons ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan president ratifies ex-army chief’s dishonorable discharge


August 14th, 2010 - 10:10 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Aug 14 (DPA) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday ratified a ruling by a court martial to dishonorably discharge the ex-army commander who has been found guilty of involvement in politics ... Read more...

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Coalition forces kill 20 Taliban in Afghanistan


August 12th, 2010 - 8:45 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul, Aug 12 (DPA) Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed more than 20 Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan, the military said Thursday. The combined forces were deployed to Zadran district in the ... Read more...

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Special envoy to Sri Lanka this week: Chidambaram


August 1st, 2010 - 4:17 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Aug 1 (IANS) Home Minister P. Chidambaram Sunday said that an Indian official will be sent to Sri Lanka this week to assess the progress of rehabilitating Sri Lankan Tamils ... Read more...

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India to send an official to Sri Lanka


July 27th, 2010 - 1:18 am ICT by IANS
Chennai, July 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has decided to send an official of the external affairs ministry to Sri Lanka to consult the Indian high commissioner there and assess ... Read more...

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Ex-LTTE rebels to apply for university courses


July 20th, 2010 - 1:16 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 19 (IANS) Over 300 former Tamil Tiger rebels, currently under rehabilitation, will sit for an examination that would prepare them for higher education in the universities, the government said Monday. Brigadier ... Read more...

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Thai government extends state of emergency


July 6th, 2010 - 3:38 pm ICT by IANS
Bangkok, July 6 (DPA) The Thai government extended its state of emergency in Bangkok and 18 other provinces Tuesday for three months on the recommendation of military officials. It decided to end the ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka says won’t allow entry of UN human rights panel members


June 25th, 2010 - 4:41 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 25 (ANI): The Sri Lankan Government has declared that it would refuse visas for UN panel members appointed to investigate alleged human rights abuses during the civil war against Tamil ... Read more...

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6 killed in Turkey clash


June 22nd, 2010 - 10:30 am ICT by IANS
Istanbul, June 22 (DPA) The latest skirmish Monday between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey left six people dead, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported. Fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' ... Read more...

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India asks Sri Lanka to devolve power to Tamils


June 14th, 2010 - 7:52 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, June 14 (IANS) India has asked Sri Lanka to devolve power to the Tamil minority in that country in a bid for reconciliation among various communities at the end of ... Read more...

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No reconciliation with terrorists: Thai PM


June 13th, 2010 - 1:30 pm ICT by IANS
Bangkok, June 13 (DPA) Thailand's prime minister pledged Sunday to give a newly created commission full freedom to investigate recent political violence, while working to identify and prosecute "terrorists". "We are not ... Read more...

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NATO, US soldiers killed in blasts in Afghanistan


June 12th, 2010 - 10:49 pm ICT by IANS
Kunduz (Afghanistan), June 12 (DPA) A US soldier was killed and three others were injured in a blast in northern Afghanistan Saturday, while a NATO soldier was killed in a similar ... Read more...

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India, Sri Lanka to build 50,000 houses for IDPs


June 9th, 2010 - 10:40 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, June 9 (ANI): India and Sri Lanka today made a joint commitment to build 50,000 more houses for the Island nation's internally displaced persons.Emphasising the impact of the ... Read more...

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India to build houses for Sri Lanka’s displaced Tamils


June 9th, 2010 - 8:45 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) With over 50,000 displaced Tamil civilians remaining in relief camps in Sri Lanka, India Wednesday announced a major initiative to build 50,000 houses for what the ... Read more...

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10 held, 400 kg drugs seized in Turkey


June 9th, 2010 - 6:52 am ICT by IANS
Ankara, June 9 (IANS) Ten people were arrested and more than 400 kg of contraband drugs was seized from different areas in Turkey Tuesday, Anatolia news agency reported. Acting on a tip-off, an ... Read more...

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Four killed in blasts in Afghanistan


May 30th, 2010 - 7:19 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul, May 30 (DPA) Four civilians were killed in separate blasts in Afghanistan as Taliban militants torched six fuel tankers destined for NATO forces in the southern region, officials said Sunday. The ... Read more...

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Post-protest rampage in Bangkok leaves 16 dead


May 20th, 2010 - 1:14 pm ICT by IANS
Bangkok, May 20 (DPA) Irate anti-government protesters set fire to at least 35 buildings in Bangkok in a violent rampage sparked by the government's crackdown on their demonstration that left up ... Read more...

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Thai troops attack protest site, foreign journalist killed


May 19th, 2010 - 12:54 pm ICT by IANS
Bangkok, May 19 (DPA) An Italian journalist was shot dead Wednesday as armoured personnel carriers smashed through the outer barriers of an anti-government protest site in the heart of Bangkok in ... Read more...

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China to help Cuba detect earthquakes


May 12th, 2010 - 9:54 am ICT by IANS
Havana, May 12 (IANS/EFE) China wants to help Cuba detect earthquakes and has sent sophisticated equipment and a team of experts to install as well as tutor Cuban officials on how to ... Read more...

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UN: Over 8,000 women raped in 2009 during armed conflicts in Congo


April 16th, 2010 - 12:25 am ICT by BNO News
UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) – The United Nations (UN) announced Thursday a week-long visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where both rebels and the national army have been accused ... Read more...

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