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US military 'tried to free Foley'
The Pentagon says a US secret mission tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria, reportedly including murdered reporter James Foley.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:24:47 GMT
-Beheading suspect 'probably British'
David Cameron says it looks "increasingly likely" a man thought to have been involved in a US journalist's beheading is British.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:54:46 GMT
-'Volatile' GCSE results expected
Hundreds of thousands of pupils are receiving their GCSE grades, with warnings of "shocks in store" for some schools.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:46:47 GMT
-Labour in energy regulator pledge
Labour pledges to give the regulator Ofgem the power to remove energy firms' licences, if it wins the next election.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:38:41 GMT
-Iceland evacuates area near volcano
Authorities in Iceland complete the evacuation of an area close to the country's Bardarbunga volcano over fears of an impending eruption.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:14:54 GMT
-Israel PM vows further Gaza campaign
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows a continued campaign against Gaza militants, amid renewed fighting between the two sides.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:34:23 GMT
-21% rise in sex offences on railways
The number of sexual offences reported on Britain's railways has risen by a fifth in a year, the British Transport Police says.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:59:07 GMT
-Second arrest over Tilbury death
A second person is arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of man in a shipping container in Essex.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:01:02 GMT
-Khan refuses to join Pakistan talks
Opposition leader Imran Khan has refused to join talks to end days of protests in Islamabad, saying they would be "no use" unless the Prime Minister resigns.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:59:57 GMT
-Attorney General meets Brown family
US Attorney General Eric Holder meets the parents of Michael Brown, the black teenager killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri last week.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:02:13 GMT
-New dates rewrite Neanderthal story
A new study suggests that modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:20:47 GMT
-Liberia troops enforce Ebola lockdown
Security forces in Liberia's capital deploy to enforce a quarantine in a large slum area in order to contain the spread of Ebola, setting off protests.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:21:33 GMT
-Botox may have cancer fighting role
Botox injections - beloved by those seeking a wrinkle-free complexion - may help fight cancer, early animal studies suggest.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:18:59 GMT
-VIDEO: 'Our friend has given us a son'
BBC News met new parents Nick and Michael Scott-Kline with 18-month-old Elliot and surrogate mother Sarah Jones.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:09:55 GMT
-VIDEO: Amnesty accuses Ferguson police
Amnesty International accuses police in Ferguson of human rights violations during their response to a week of protests. The group's executive director in the US spoke to the BBC.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:51:01 GMT
-VIDEO: English attitudes to Scottish referendum
Has the Scottish referendum debate led England to consider its position within the Union?
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:27:54 GMT
-VIDEO: CCTV shows tornado strike beach cafe
CCTV shows a beach in the town of Arenzano in northern Italy being torn apart by a tornado.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:37:53 GMT
-VIDEO: Could this man help save the world?
Jay Tate runs the National Near Earth Observation Centre - watching the skies for asteroids that could threaten the planet
Publ.Date : Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:01:14 GMT
-VIDEO: Stand up comedy lessons for vicars
A group of vicars from the South East vow to make sermons more fun by taking part in a course which teaches them how to tell jokes.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:01:29 GMT
-VIDEO: Rain sparks deadly Japan landslides
At least 27 people are killed after heavy rain sparks landslides in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:09:49 GMT
-VIDEO: Barenboim: 'Orchestra must play on'
Conductor Daniel Barenboim speaks to Newsnight's Kirsty Wark about how the situation in Gaza has affected his orchestra of musicians from both sides in the conflict.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:14:19 GMT
-Jihadist 'manhunt' on front pages
The hunt for a jihadist, believed to be British, who was filmed beheading American journalist James Foley in Syria dominates front pages.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:09:07 GMT
-UK's 'most generous town' revealed
Data gathered by donation site JustGiving has revealed what it says is the UK's most generous town.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:03:11 GMT
-Teacher makes 27,000 loom band top
A supply teacher from Northamptonshire uses more than 27,000 pink loom bands to create a one-off garment for a breast cancer charity.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:56:42 GMT
-Maribor 1-1 Celtic
Celtic pick up an away goal as they draw with NK Maribor in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.
Publ.Date : Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:34:14 GMT

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Arrest warrant on Haripriya de Silva
Colombo High Court yesterday issued an arrest warrant on Captain Senaka Haripriya de Silva, a personal assistant of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka for evading court in a case where he is charged with harboring Army deserters.

-Granting US$1 Mn unconstitutional: Ex-CJ
Former Chief justice Sarath N. Silva said today it was illegal and unconstitutional to grant one million US dollars to Palestine without following the proper procedure to do so.

-SL experienced linguistic struggle not ethnic: Swamy
Chairman of the BJP Committee on Strategic Action and BJP's National Executive Committee Member Subramanium Swamy said today that what took place in Sri Lanka was not an ethnic struggle but a linguistic struggle.

-Several roads closed in Colombo
Several Roads leading to Galadari Round About would be closed between 8.30 p.m. to 5.30 a.m. for six days starting today due to a repair work at the Galadari Roundabout, Police said.

-37 Lankans trapped in Iraq brought back
Thirty seven Sri Lankans, initially believed to be held hostage by Iraqi rebels will be brought back to Sri Lanka today, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said.

-Video: MR has no authority to donate money-UNP
The United National Party (UNP) said that the President had no authority to announce 1 million US$ as assistance to be provided to the war victims in Palestine from public funds of Sri Lanka and that there was a procedure to grant approval for such grants to other countries.  

-Ban asks SL to cooperate with UN panel
UN Chief Ban Ki Moon has given his full backing to the panel investigating alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, his spokesman said yesterday adding that Mr. Ban had requested Sri Lanka to cooperate with the inquiry

-‘Kudu Nuwan’ arrested
Nuwan Udaya Gunathilaka alias ‘Kudu Nuwan’ was arrested on charges of possessing 300 grams of heroin in Meethotamulla by the Colombo Crime Division this morning, the Police said

-Speed guns will be used after sign boards in place-Police
Radar guns to check speeding vehicles will come into operation after the sign boards indicating the speed limits are put up, the Police Headquarters said today

-'I only have two to three years left to live': Pope
Pope Francis has said he might have only two or three years left to live. On a plane trip back from South Korea, he told journalists he believed he only had limited time left

-Lankans keen to host Modi: MR
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should visit Lanka because Lankans are eager to host him.
-Suspected Ebola victim's blood samples to be sent to India
The director of the Medical Research Institute said that arrangements had been made to send blood samples of the suspected female Ebola victim to a laboratory in Pune, India.
-India calls meeting on fishermen issue
The Prime Minister's Office has convened a meeting tomorrow to explore a long-term solution to the contentious fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka.

-India, Sri Lanka meet to discuss narcotics menace
India and Sri Lanka are expected to finalize a strategy to jointly tackle cross-border smuggling of narcotics and syndicates running the illegal trade between the two maritime neighbours.

-Kachatheevu: SC to hear Karunanidhi, Jayalalitha’s petitions
The Supreme Court of India today agreed to hear together the petitions filed by the DMK President M. Karunanidhi and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa seeking a direction to the Centre to retrieve Kachatheevu Island from Sri Lanka.

-Video: BBS raps Mervyn
Minister Mervyn Silva should correct himself first before making allegations against others, the General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said today.
-Three arrested with 11kg of gold
Three people were arrested this afternoon in Talaimannar on charges of having 53 gold bars weighing 11 kilograms in their possession.
-SL to refuse entry to UN investigators
Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island's decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday.

-MR appoints two more experts
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed two more international experts to the international panel of experts advising the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons in Sri Lanka, the President’s Office said.
-PC member arrested with illegal firearm
A ruling party member of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council was arrested by the Kegalle police last night in the Ranwala area with an illegal firearm.

-SL worker commits suicide in Sharjah
A Sri Lankan worker committed a suicide by hanging himself at home in Sharjah and police said they were investigating the case. The worker was found by colleagues hanging inside his room in the industrial zone 4 in the northern emirate, they said.
-Bus crash injures 20 garment workers
Twenty garment factory female employees and the driver of a bus had been admitted to the Eheliyagoda hospital after the bus crashed on to tree on the Ratnapura-Colombo Road this morning, the Police said.

-Rains won’t go away
The atmospheric conditions were still favorable for rainy weather over the island, the Meteorology Department said. It said occasional showers or thundershowers would occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and the Central Provinces and in the Galle and Matara Districts.

-Alleged brothel raided in Bambalapitiya
A brothel operating under the guise of a massage parlour at Fonseka Place, Bambalapitiya was raided last evening by the Police Organised Crimes Investigation Unit, the Police said.

-Modi may visit SL next year: Swamy
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may visit Sri Lanka early next year, according to Dr Subramanian Swamy, head of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Strategic Action Committee.


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