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Strike on Gaza market 'kills 17'
At least 17 people are killed and 160 hurt as an Israeli strike hits a market crowded with shoppers near Gaza City, Palestinian officials say.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:19:51 GMT
-NHS 'can deal with' UK Ebola threat
The Ebola virus poses a threat to the UK but health services here have the experience to deal with it, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:33:03 GMT
-Fire rips through Eastbourne Pier
A huge blaze is ripping through Eastbourne Pier, leaving the structure an "absolute red, molten, mess of flame and smoke".
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:16:51 GMT
-No appeal over Rolf Harris sentence
Rolf Harris's five-year-and-nine-month jail sentence over sex offences will not be referred to the appeal court, despite 150 complaints over its "leniency".
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:52:24 GMT
-UK to allow driverless cars on roads
The UK government says it plans to allow driverless cars on public roads in January, and asks cities to compete to host one of three trials.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:29:39 GMT
-Ukraine claims key town near Donetsk
The Ukrainian army says it has seized the town of Avdiivka, near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, amid intense fighting in the area around the downed MH17 flight.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:01:08 GMT
-Ex-policeman on Rodney murder charge
A former policeman is to be charged with murdering a man who was shot dead after a car was stopped by officers in north London nine years ago.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:10:03 GMT
-Savile charity to challenge payouts
A charity set up by Jimmy Savile is challenging any payouts of compensation to victims of the sex attacker, victims' lawyers say.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:33:20 GMT
-New banker rules 'could hurt London'
Bank of England plans to penalise badly-performing bankers could put London at a disadvantage as a financial centre, says banking industry body BBA.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:39:58 GMT
-We'll keep tightening sanctions - PM
UK Prime Minister David Cameron warns of increasingly tough sanctions unless Russian President Vladimir Putin "changes his approach".
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:03:17 GMT
-Ex-NoW editors charged over hacking
Two former News of the World journalists have been charged with conspiring to hack phones, the Crown Prosecution Service says.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:02:39 GMT
-Nine years for baby-killer boyfriend
A man who killed his girlfriend's six-week-old baby by battering him with a shoe and plastic bottle is jailed for nine years for manslaughter.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:53:26 GMT
-Production stalls on Big Bang Theory
Work on the eighth series of US sitcom The Big Bang Theory is delayed, as its cast members fight for higher salaries.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:57:16 GMT
-Tablet screens to correct sight loss
US engineers have developed a prototype tablet display that compensates for an individuals' vision problems.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:32:32 GMT
-Whitlock wins second gymnastics gold
England's Max Whitlock leads from start to finish to win Commonwealth Games individual all-around gymnastics gold medal.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:42:54 GMT
-Everton set for £23.7m Lukaku signing
Everton are close to signing Belgian World Cup striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for a club-record £23.7m.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:41:01 GMT
-Premier League to use vanishing spray
Vanishing spray used by referees at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be used in Premier League games next season.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:03:39 GMT
-Glasgow 2014 day-by-day guide
Your essential guide to the must-see moments in the Commonwealth Games and a look at some of the biggest stars on show.
Publ.Date : Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:51:55 GMT
-Wednesday's gossip column
Borini resumes talks with Sunderland, Fellaini's wages could scupper Napoli move, Lovren visa delay plus more.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:17:52 GMT
-VIDEO: Sun bracelet measures UV exposure
The BBC's Dougal Shaw tests out a digital bracelet designed to help people avoid getting too much sun exposure.
Publ.Date : Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:01:37 GMT
-VIDEO: Inside a laboratory battling Ebola
Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar takes a look around a makeshift laboratory trying to battle the Ebola outbreak in Guinea.
Publ.Date : Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:11:35 GMT
-VIDEO: Broads-view opens up Norfolk waterways
The Norfolk Broads will soon be available for virtual navigation thanks to a novel aquatic equivalent of Google's Streetview technology
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:22:14 GMT
-VIDEO: Near miss on Indiana train bridge
Two women had a narrow escape when they were nearly hit by a freight train on a bridge in Monroe County, Indiana.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:35:12 GMT
-VIDEO: Inside Gaza militants' tunnel
Israel says its offensive in Gaza will continue until the extensive Hamas tunnel network is neutralised. The BBC's Orla Guerin was given access by the military to a recently discovered tunnel.
Publ.Date : Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:50:36 GMT
-VIDEO: Harding's 'lusty' letters published
Almost 1,000 letters of Warren Harding, the 29th US president, have been published.
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:26:36 GMT
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Buddha Sasana under threat: Ranil
Opposition United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today proposed the setting up of a parliamentary monitoring committee to look into the threats faced by the Buddha Sasana

-Video: Bandula to complain to CID over false allegation
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardene said today he would complain to the CID over a false allegation made by a Ruhunu University Professor that he had provided an answer to a question in the A/L Economics Administration Paper held in 2012.

-Three killed in accident in Kegalle
Three people were killed in a collision between a three-wheeler and a private bus at the Meepitiya junction in Kegalle this evening, the Police said.

-Five dead, 150 feared trapped in India monsoon landslide
A major landslide on Wednesday struck a village in western India following heavy monsoon rains, killing at least five people and leaving up to 150 feared trapped, officials said.
-Last airman in US bombing of Hiroshima dies
The last surviving crewman of the Enola Gay – the U.S. plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan near the end of World War II – has died.

-36-hour water cut in Colombo and its suburbs
A 36-hour water cut will be imposed in several areas in Colombo for two days (August 2 -3) due to construction work that is being carried out at the Battaramulla-Polduwa Bridge, the National Water Supple and Drainage Board said

-Tense situ at National Hospital
A tense situation has been reported at the National Hospital in Colombo following a dispute between two factions of doctors, sources said.
-Kidnapped child: Police seek public help
Police today sought help from the people to find the four-year-old Damindu Yasen Ekanayake who was alleged to have been kidnapped by four unidentified men after assaulting his parents on Monday night.
-Teenage boy defrauds Rs.17.8 Mn
A 17-year-old boy was produced in the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today on charges of having defrauded a private bank of Rs.17.8 million using an ATM card.
-Heavy traffic in Town Hall
Heavy traffic congestion has been reported near Town Hall in Colombo due to a protest by Junior Health workers attached to the Health Ministry.

-SL must return boats along with fishermen: Jaya tells Modi
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wrote yet another letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the big point she underlined in her letter was that despite the Modi government’s success in securing the release of fishermen so far, the Sri Lankan authorities continue to hold the fishermen’s boats.

-BJP’s Dr. Seshadri rejects reports
National Convener of Foreign Policy Cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Dr. Seshadri Chari has rejected the news item carried in the Indian news Agency – PTI quoting him as saying that Sri Lanka should resolve the Tamil issue if trade ties between the two countries are to improve.

-Two Indians arrested for illegal trading
Two Indian nationals were arrested yesterday for overstaying their tourist visa, violating immigration laws and engaging in illegal trade in Ottumadam area in Jaffna, police said.

-Blatter postpones Sri Lanka visit
FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter has postponed his scheduled visit to Sri Lanka by two months, Sri Lanka Football Federation president Ranjith Rodrigo told “Daily Mirror” yesterday

-Stolen Relic of St . Sebastian found
The Relic of Saint Sebastian which was brought from Italy and kept at St.Sebastian's church in  Kandana was found with a suspect who stole the relic last night, police said.

-Police arrest Punchi Borella Otha
Punchi Borella Otha alias Wasantha Sanjeewa Abeyweera who was wanted in connection with the alleged transportation of 17 kilos of heroin concealed in a coffin from Borella to Minuwangoda was arrested by the Borella police last evening.

-Four year old boy kidnapped
Police are investigating the kidnapping of a four year old boy named Damindu Yasen Ekanayake and an attack on his parents in Katugampalagama village in the Meegalewa Division.

-Norway not so keen on SL: TNA
Norway, which facilitated the peace process between the then Government and the LTTE is now giving less emphasis to the peace building process in Sri Lanka, a TNA politician said yesterday.

-Disable-friendly buses in Colombo soon
A fleet of luxury and semi luxury buses from Colombo to the suburbs with facilities for differently-abled people to embark and disembark without a hassle will be operated by the SLTB and a purchase order has been placed with an Indian company, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said.

-Rare Lankan leopards born in French zoo
Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a zoo in northern France, a boost for a sub-species that numbers only about 700 in the wild, the head of the facility said Tuesday.

-Lankan workers among unpaid Qatar WC builders
Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Indian workers who migrated to Qatar to build luxury offices for the 2022 World Cup organizers have reportedly not been paid 13 months' wages.
-Dates confirmed for Pope’s trip to SL
The Holy See Press Office issued a communique Tuesday confirming the dates of the Apostolic Trip of the Holy Father in Sri Lanka and the Philippines,Vatican Radio announced.
-Anura Kumara discharged
Janatha Vimukthi Peramua (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake who was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following an accident was discharged this evening

-Parliament canteen staffer drowns in Benthara River
A member of the Parliament canteen staff is reported to have drowned in the Benthara River today while they were having a party on a floating restaurant on the Benthara River, police said.

-SF visits Anura Kumara
Democratic Party leader Sarath Fonseka today visited the JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake who was receiving treatment at the National Hospital.

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