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Russia in new Ukraine attack threat
Russia will respond to any attack on its interests in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgia war.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:42:22 GMT
-Three children found dead in London
A woman believed to be the mother of three children who were found dead at a south-west London home is arrested on suspicion of murder.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:10:51 GMT
-Duchess of Cornwall's brother dies
The Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, dies in a New York hospital after sustaining a serious head injury in a fall.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:37:42 GMT
-Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift
Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:59:14 GMT
-Lib Dems 'won't back minority rule'
Senior Lib Dem Danny Alexander rules out suggestions his party could support a minority Labour or Tory government after the next election.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:00:17 GMT
-Cancer teen hits £1m charity target
A teenage blogger with terminal cancer raises more than £1m for charity after posting his final message to followers.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:54:57 GMT
-Clifford jury gets majority direction
Jurors in the indecent assault trial of publicist Max Clifford are told they can return a majority verdict of nine to one.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:17:04 GMT
-Madeleine police probe 18 break-ins
UK police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance are looking at 18 potentially linked cases involving a lone intruder breaking into holiday villas in the Algarve, Portugal.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:11:39 GMT
-Coulson 'did not cover anything up'
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson tells the phone-hacking trial he did not "cover anything up" following the arrest of the paper's royal editor Clive Goodman in 2006.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:18:42 GMT
-Plane search examines coastal debris
Authorities in Australia are looking at material washed ashore to find out if it is related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:39:52 GMT
-Jets scrambled over Russian planes
RAF fighter jets were scrambled to investigate two Russian military aircraft spotted approaching UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) says.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:19:09 GMT
-Top Gear 'regrets' Myanmar remark
The executive producer of Top Gear expresses regret over a "light-hearted" remark on its Burma special that led to the BBC show being accused of racism.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:49:27 GMT
-Led Zeppelin unleash unheard work
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin make public two previously unheard recordings.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:49:51 GMT
-Complaints mount over Jamaica Inn
The number of viewer complaints over the audibility of BBC One drama Jamaica Inn escalates, with the second episode seeing a decline in ratings following Monday's debut instalment.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:51:14 GMT
-Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich
Karim Benzema's goal gives Real Madrid the advantage as holders Bayern Munich lose semi-final first leg in Spain.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:23:34 GMT
-Farbrace named as England assistant
Paul Farbrace is confirmed as England's new assistant coach to Peter Moores after quitting as Sri Lanka head coach.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:36:45 GMT
-Man Utd believe Moyes timing right
Manchester United reject "unprofessional" claim, insisting they did not want to search for a successor behind David Moyes's back.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:52:27 GMT
-Liverpool reveal Anfield expansion plan
Liverpool plan to redevelop parts of Anfield to increase the ground's capacity to around 59,000.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:01:14 GMT
-Chelsea trio charged by FA
Manager Jose Mourinho is among three Chelsea staff charged in the aftermath of the club's defeat by Sunderland.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:39:35 GMT
-UK government hits borrowing target
The UK government borrowed £107.7bn in the financial year to April 2014, lower than the amount it borrowed the previous year.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:11:54 GMT
-VIDEO: Money on wheels: Banking goes mobile
UK banks are expanding their use of mobile branches. Brian Milligan reports on the new banks on wheels.
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:02:14 GMT
-UKIP angry over rival party's name
UKIP says it is "extremely unhappy" about the name of another Eurosceptic party contesting the European elections.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:45:54 GMT
-VIDEO: Lib Dems 'won't back minority rule'
Senior Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander says the Lib Dems would be willing to renew their coalition with the Conservatives, but would not support a minority government.
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:14:43 GMT
-Breast cancer drug price cut urged
Campaigners urge pharmaceutical giant Roche to lower the cost of a pioneering breast cancer drug as the NHS prepares to rejects its use on price grounds.
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:02:50 GMT
-VIDEO: Package holidays blamed for cancer rise
The most dangerous form of skin cancer is now five times more common than it was in the 1970s.
Publ.Date : Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:49:18 GMT

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Casino Bill is against Constitution: Ven Sobitha
People's Movement for Social Justice Chairman the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera said today S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s Government in1956 closed the racecourse by banning horse racing in Colombo and replaced it with a university but this Government was going to start casinos which are much worse.

-Object found on Australian shore examined for link to flight MH370
Three pieces of debris washed up off the coast of Western Australia are being investigated to see if they could be wreckage from missing Malaysian flight MH370

-Cricket contracts finally resolved
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) issued a media release stating that the national players have agreed to accept a share of ten percent from the payments received by SLC from ICC events and that the players would sign the new contracts shortly

-Philips resigns from SLC disciplinary committee
Eminent lawyer Dinal Philips has resigned from the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) disciplinary committee with immediate effect, in response to an email sent by SLC asking the committee to probe the statements allegedly made by Mahela Jayawardene at a press conference at the Colombo Airport upon his arrival from Bangladesh after the ICC World T20 triumph.
-Gifted Australian ship due here tomorrow
An Australian Bay Class patrol boat that was gifted by the Australian government to the Sri Lankan government is scheduled to arrive at the Colombo Port tomorrow (24) morning, the navy said

-BBS, Ravana Balaya, NSC meet Mahanayake
Members of the Bodu Bala Sena, Ravana Balaya and National Sangha Council today briefed Malwatta Chapter Mahanayake Ven Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera about the government remaining silent in the face of acts against Buddhism

-More bank robberies by face-covered motocyclists
A private bank in Moratuwa was reported to have been robbed of Rs.700,000 by two people who arrived on a motorcycle wearing face-covered helmets, police said PICTURES

-Angelo and Lasith to Captain ODI and T20
Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga have been appointed the Captains of the National ODI Cricket team and T20 team respectively until March 2015, the SLC announced

-Video: UNP protest tomorrow over casino legislation
United National Party (UNP) MPs will hold a protest rally at the proposed site of the Crown Multi-Purpose Development Project at D. R. Wijewardene Mawatha in Colombo to show their opposition to the legislation, under which tax concessions are being granted to three major development projects

-BBS surrounds Ministry building
A tense situation was prevailed when members of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) surrounded Minister Rishad Bathiudeen’s Ministry building in Kollupitiya claiming that Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera was hiding there

-SL suspend sending workers to Libya
The Government has decided to temporarily suspend sending Sri Lankan workers to Libya because of poor working conditions there, the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau announced today
-MH370 could have landed elsewhere: reports
The investigation team of missing MH370 may have been "looking in the wrong place" and the plane could have landed elsewhere, according to a report by the Malaysian New Straits Times, quoting investigation sources
-Madras HC rejects Lankan refugee's plea
Madurai Bench of Madras High Court yesterday rejected the plea of a Sri Lankan refugee, who claimed himself to be an Indian citizen, to quash the detention of his son under Foreigners Act 1946 and set him free
-Kidney racketeers sent 21 victims to SL
The Hyderabad police has found that the kidney racketeers, who had sent deceased victim Dinesh Maroo to Sri Lanka, had sent as many as 21 people from different parts of AP to Colombo for kidney surgeries in the last few months

-Players fire another salvo at SLC
The chaotic situation at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) reached crisis proportions yesterday, just a fortnight ahead of a near-two-month full tour of England as the country’s national players who are rebelling against the establishment delivered another decisive blow

-Boat trade ends and SL now legal source of migrants
Co-operation between Sri Lanka and Australia on fighting people-smuggling has reversed migration patterns, with thousands more Sri Lankans arriving as skilled workers while the flow of illegal boats from the South Asian nation, which peaked at tens of thousands, has now stopped

-Mahela and SLC spat leads to heated email exchange
The Mahela Jayawardene-Kumar Sangakkara T20 International retirement issue which has been reverberating since last month, entered another phase as the media reported yesterday that the SLC Ex-co has decided to refer the matter to its independent disciplinary committee...

-Don’t make Colombo a Chicago or a Bangkok: NSC
National Sangha Council (NSC) while protesting against the new casino bill which was to be presented in Parliament this week today urged the Government not to make Colombo a Chicago or a Bangkok city.

-Trains on coastal line back on track
Tension prevailed at the Fort railway station this evening due to a picketing campaign by casual employees of Sri Lanka Railways, which delayed about fifteen trains on the coastal line, including the Ruhunu Kumari PICTURES

-Bangladeshis using SL as transit hub to Europe
Forty one Bangladeshis were arrested from Fort and Maradana areas by the Immigration and Emigration Department on allegations that they were part of a large scale human smuggling racket.
-15 southern trains delayed due to strike
At least 15 trains along the coastal line were delayed due to the ongoing picket by the casual workers of Sri Lanka Railways at the Fort Railway Station, the Railway Control Room said

-Trains waiting for TU signal
Trains originating from the Colombo Fort Railway station including the Ruhunu Kumari have been delayed due to a protest by the casual workers of Sri Lanka Railways

-Video: Mangala urges removal of MR as C’wealth Chair
United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said today the Hambantota incident was further evidence of the violation of the Commonwealth Charter and urged Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma to remove President Mahinda Rajapaksa from the post of Commonwealth Chairman
-Paul Farbrace resigns
The Sri Lanka National Cricket Coach Paul Farbrace has tendered his resignation and has indicated to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) of his unavailability to continue with SLC with immediate effect in order to take up an appointment with the England Cricket Board (ECB), the SLC confirmed on Tuesday

-Khuram murder: Police distorted statement, says Manageress
In a startling revelation one of the main witnesses in the murder of British aid worker Khuram Shaikh, the Hotel Manageress said that the Tangalle Police had distorted what she had said in her First Information Report to the Police on December 24, 2011.

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