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Weather blights S Korea ferry search
Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for survivors of a stricken South Korean ferry, which had hundreds on board.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:56:19 GMT
-Deadly clashes at Ukraine port base
Three people are killed in a raid on a base in eastern Ukraine, the country's interior minister says, as the US, Russia, the EU and Ukraine hold crisis talks in Geneva.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:34:05 GMT
-Co-op Group confirms £2.5bn losses
The Co-operative Group has announced losses of £2.5bn for 2013, marking the worst results in the group's 150-year history.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:50:12 GMT
-Lamb takeaways 'often another meat'
Takeaway owners are to face a new testing programme, after a watchdog found nearly a third of lamb takeaways it checked contained a different meat.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:04:44 GMT
-Busy roads warning ahead of Easter
Motorists are braced for what is set to be the busiest day of the year on the roads so far, with up to 16m cars expected to be used over Easter.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:50:11 GMT
-Hospital infections 'still too high'
Doctors and nurses should do more to stop hospital patients developing infections, an NHS watchdog says.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:56:21 GMT
-Catholic Church refuses poll request
The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales turns down a request by members for the results of a sexual ethics survey to be made public.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:52:14 GMT
-Argentina girl kept years in garage
Police in Argentina say they have rescued a teenage girl who had been starved, beaten and kept in a garage for nine years by her foster parents.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:18:53 GMT
-US case against Abu Hamza to start
Prosecutors in New York are due to start outlining their case against Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical cleric extradited from the UK in 2012.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:33:15 GMT
-Pensioners could get death estimate
Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:25:23 GMT
-Royals visit bushfire-ravaged town
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet families whose homes were destroyed by bushfires that ravaged parts of Australia last year, as they tour the country.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:31:09 GMT
-10,000 new drivers 'lost licences'
About 10,000 new drivers had their licences revoked after receiving six or more penalty points in 2012, Newsbeat finds through a Freedom of Information request.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:53:07 GMT
-Cancer hopes and ferry disaster - papers
The prospects for the latest clinical trials of cancer drugs make some front pages, while many feature photographs of a ferry sinking off South Korea.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:30:22 GMT
-VIDEO: Bristol boys' club battle over Banksy
A row has broken out over the ownership of a work of art by "guerrilla artist" Banksy after it was taken from a Bristol street
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:42:35 GMT
-Cathedral hosts Royal Maundy service
The Queen will bring the Easter tradition of handing out Maundy money to Blackburn Cathedral later.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:19:59 GMT
-Palace loss should not stand - Cardiff
The BBC obtain a letter sent by Cardiff City that says their defeat by Crystal Palace in early April should not stand.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:27:22 GMT
-Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland
Manchester City's Premier League title hopes are dealt a blow after they are held to a draw by bottom side Sunderland.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:44:20 GMT
-Bale winner sees Real lift Copa del Rey
Gareth Bale scores a brilliant late goal as Real Madrid defeat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final in Valencia.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:51:30 GMT
-Ebdon misses out on Crucible spot
Peter Ebdon fails to qualify for the World Championship for the first time since turning professional.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:06:58 GMT
-World Cup goal drives resting Carter
New Zealand legend Dan Carter hopes a sabbatical will keep him fresh to sort out some unfinished World Cup business
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:22 GMT
-Google shares fall on ad concerns
Shares in Google fall 5% despite reporting first-quarter profit of $3.45bn in response to worries over future income from advertising.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:01:25 GMT
-VIDEO: Cyborg glasses mimic eye gestures
A Japanese researcher shows off glasses that display computer-generated eyes, which express emotions to save their wearer the effort.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:58:26 GMT
-'No evidence' in Tower Hamlets probe
There is "no new credible evidence of criminality" in files covering an east London borough, to suspect fraud, the Met Police says.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:39:14 GMT
-VIDEO: Plan to reveal life expectancy
Pensioners could soon be told how long they are likely to live under a government plan to help them manage their money better.
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:52:52 GMT
-Warning over bowel cancer screening
Bowel cancer screening uptake needs to improve, campaigners say, after figures showed just half of people eligible in England come forward for the test.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:24:59 GMT
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Video: Details of SL military officials on BTU website
The Sri Lankan Army today claimed that a group calling itself the British Tamil Union had in its website published photos and details of officers attached to the Sri Lanka Security Forces in an attempt at hitting back at the Sri Lankan Government for banning LTTE front organisations

-UK updates travel advisory on SL
Britain has updated its travel advisory after the Sri Lankan Government designated 16 organisations and 424 individuals for purported links to terrorism.

-French national drowns off Hikkaduwa
A 72-year-old French national is reported to have drowned in the sea off the Hikkaduwa Beach last evening. Police said the body is lying at the Karapitiya Hospital Mortuary and that the postmortem examination would be held today

-US hoping to resume military ties with SL: Biswal
The US said today it was looking forward to the resumption of a more comprehensive military relationship no sooner the Sri Lankan Government makes progress towards reconciliation and accountability
-Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry accident
Rescuers were hammering on the upturned hull of a capsized South Korea ferry on Thursday hoping for a response from hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, believed trapped after the vessel started sinking more than 24 hours previously

-Some countries blind to LTTE fronts: Gota
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said though there was no more terrorism in Sri Lanka, the terrorists’ global network continued to function largely unhindered and that some nations seemed to have chosen to turn a blind eye to these front organisations

-Police get court order for BBS video
The news directors attached to two private television channels were yesterday ordered to hand over unedited video footage to the police, to conduct further investigations into the alleged commotion made by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organistion,  disrupting a media conference organised by the Jathika Bala Sena (JBS) on April 9

-Prelate to take to the streets against ‘Bim Saviya’ Act
Maha Nayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter, most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera, said today he and the Maha Sangha were ready to take to the streets, unless the Government amends the Bim Saviya Land Registration Act immediately.

-Another complaint against Ven. Gnanasara Thera
A complaint has been made to the Slave Island Police against the statement made to the media by the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera on April 12.

-Sonia raises Rajiv Gandhi's killing
Dismissing as "false propaganda" that Congress was not concerned about Tamils in Sri Lanka, Sonia Gandhi today raised the emotional issue of her husband Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, saying the former prime minister sacrificed his life "fighting" for them

-Hakeem discusses law faculty admission with Mahanayake
Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem visited the Mahanayake Thera of Malwathu Chapter today and had a discussion on the issue of admission of students to the Law Faculty of the Colombo University

-Four Macaws escape from President’s House
Four Macaw parrots that were reared at the President’s House in Colombo have escaped from their cage today, President’s Media division said. People are asked to inform of any information about the missing parrots to Mayura Perera on 0777 535 377.
-Hyderabad police investigating SL kidney racket
Hyderabad city police are investigating into allegations of a Colombo-based kidney racket in which a youngster from Hyderabad lost a life

-Video: Mervyn is a patriot says BBS
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation today hailed Minister Mervyn Silva as a genuine patriot and was much better than other ministers
-Audio: Web purchase: NDA to set up monitoring body
The Director of the National Drugs Authority Dr. Hemantha Benaragama warned Lankans not to purchase medicines, especially drugs that were purported to enhance sexual performance over the internet
-Video: Proper procedures not adhered to in pardoning PSD personnel: UNP
The presidential pardon for those found guilty by the High Court of harassing popular artistes Rukantha Gunatilleka and Chandraleka Perera is improper as the procedures for such a pardon has not been followed, United National Party (UNP) MP Ajith Perera said today
-Video: 2 dead, 104 missing in ferry sinking off South Korea coast
Rescue boats and helicopters scrambled to pluck hundreds of passengers, most of them high school students, from a passenger ferry as it listed and slow sank off the southwest coast of South Korea on Wednesday
-Ferry with 450 people on board sinking off South Korea
A South Korean ship, with hundreds passengers on board, is sinking off the country's southwestern coast, CNN affiliate YTN has reported.

-Sharma expresses disappointment
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has expressed his disappointment over the decision taken by Canada to suspend funding to the Commonwealth

-UNP starts appraisal process
The main opposition UNP has already begun discussions with party organizers in areas where the recent provincial council elections were held, in a bid to evaluate their performances, party chairman and Leadership Council member Kabir Hashim said today
-Fmr Weligama PS member remanded
A former Weligama Pradeshiya Sabha member alleged to have shot and wounded two men during a clash on New Year day in the Kamburugamuwa Garaduwa area was remanded till April 28 by Matara Acting Magistrate Upali Ranasinghe

-25 hospitalised in bus collision
At least 25 passengers were injured when the buses they were travelling in collided on the Hatton-Norwood Road, a short while ago

-Biswal tweets hailing Solheim
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal, in a tweet said that she was impressed more by Eric Solheim's “care and concern for all Sri Lankans” than his knowledge of Sri Lanka.
-SL to provide counselling to kin of war missing
A government-appointed panel probing the cases of thousands of missing people during the nearly three-decade-long war with the LTTE will provide counselling to the kin of those disappeared, an official said today

-Video: Mini-sub to make more search attempts for MH370
The unmanned submarine hunting for wreckage of the missing Malaysian jet MH370 will make a second attempt on Tuesday after aborting its first search mission as it encountered water deeper than its operating limits while scanning the floor of the southern Indian Ocean


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