24February2018

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US: US President Donald Trump on Saturday praised himself as “a very stable genius,” following the release of a bombshell book that raises doubts over his mental health. But Trump’s response to the book’s allegations, in tweets and in remarks made during a hastily convened news conference at his Camp David presidential retreat, had Washington focusing anew on the question of his stability and mental state. In a series of extraordinary early-morning tweets, Trump said that “throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.” “I went from VERY successful businessman, to top…

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A massive late night fire that broke out at a Mumbai complex has killed at least 14 people, officials said. The blaze erupted just after midnight at a building in the popular Kamala Mills restaurant and shopping compound. It engulfed the structure within 30 minutes, local media reported. Six people have been hospitalised, the city's disaster management department told the BBC. The fire started at the 1 Above rooftop restaurant, Indian media reported. According to the Times of India, many of the guests tried to seek shelter in the bathroom and got trapped there.Most of the casualties were women attending…

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BETHLEHEM: Preparations were under way in Bethlehem on Sunday for Christmas, with tensions still simmering in the city and the region following Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The controversial December 6 announcement by President Donald Trump unleashed demonstrations and clashes, including in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city Bethlehem, where Christians will mark the birth of Jesus in a midnight mass. Bethlehem is normally flooded by tourists at this time of year, but has at times appeared almost empty of visitors as nearby clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army keep people away. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic…

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THE PHILIPPINES: Rescue teams in the Philippines resumed their search for survivors Friday after a ferry carrying more than 250 passengers capsized, with at least five confirmed dead. The accident occurred in rough waters off the main island of Luzon Thursday as the Mercraft 3 keeled over en route to a remote island. The 206-tonne vessel had been given the green light to sail as Tropical Storm Tembin gathered pace over the southern Philippines nearly a thousand kilometres away, as there were no storm alerts in the local area, the coastguard said. But a survivor told local radio that the…

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A conservative billionaire and former president, Sebastián Piñera, has won Chile's presidential election run-off. Left-winger Alejandro Guillier conceded and congratulated his opponent on his win and his return to the presidency after a four-year gap. With nearly all votes counted, Piñera has polled more than 54%. It is a clear move to the right for the country, which is currently led by socialist President Michelle Bachelet. She had backed Guillier. About 14 million were eligible to vote in the ballot, including Chileans living abroad for the first time. However, voter turnout was low, at 48.5%. It had been thought that…

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අනුගාමිකයන්ට තම සංචාර මෙන්ම ඉගැන්වීම් හා යාවත්කාලීනවිම සඳහා ජංගම දුරකථන යෙදවුමක් (App) දලයි ලාමා හිමියන් හඳුන්වා දී ඇතැයි විදෙස් වාර්තා පවසයි. ටිබෙට් දේශයෙන් පිටුවහල් කරනලද 82 හැවිරිදි අධ්‍යාත්මික නායකයා සතුව මිලියන 16 ඉක්මවූ ට්විටර් අනුගාමිකයෝ සිටි න අතර මුදල් අයකිරීමකින් තොරව භාවිත කළහැකි වීම විශේෂත්වයක්. මෙම නව යෙදවුම දැනට අයිෆෝන් (iPhone) මගින් පමණක් බාගත කරගැනීමට හැකිවේ. එහි ප්‍රවෘත්ති, වීඩියෝ, ඡායාරූප සහ උන්වහන්සේගේ ඉගැන්වීම් තොරතුරු ඇතුළත්ය. 2013දී රෝමානු කතෝලික සභාව 'පෝප් ඇප්' (Pope App) දියත් කර ලද අතර, එය භාවිත කරන්නන්ට පව් සමාකරගැනීමේ යෙදවුමක් තුළින් තම ප්‍රගතිය නිරීක්ෂණය කිරීමේ හැකියාව ද ලබාදී තිබුණි. තම අනුගාමිකයන්ගේ ආගමික අවශ්‍යතා ඉටුකිරීමටත්, ඔවුන් හා නිරන්තර…

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US: The US Supreme Court said Monday that the government could fully enforce a revised ban on travelers from six mainly Muslim countries pending appeal, backing President Donald Trump in the year-long battle over the controversial measure. The court stayed October rulings from two lower courts that had blocked implementation of the ban on visitors from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen while legal challenges to it continued. The third version of Trump’s travel ban, unveiled in September, drew immediate challenges in federal appeals courts in Richmond, Virginia and San Francisco, California. Plaintiffs argued that the measure targets Muslims…

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CHINA: Former US President Barack Obama has met President Xi Jinping, with the former US president hoping to improve ties between their two countries, China's state media said, as relations between Beijing and Washington are tested over North Korea. Obama met Xi on Wednesday in Beijng at Diaoyutai Guest House, a sprawling complex frequently used to house visiting leaders. Obama was in China as part of a world speaking tour. Obama told Xi he was willing to continue to play a positive role in enhancing mutual understanding and cooperative exchange between the US and China, according to state broadcaster China…

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AUSTRALIA: An Islamic State sympathiser planned to buy a gun and kill as many revellers as possible on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne, police alleged Tuesday after foiling the plot. Ali Ali, born in Australia to Somali parents, was arrested in a raid on a house in the Melbourne suburb of Werribee on Monday. He appeared in court Tuesday charged with preparing to commit a terrorist attack and collecting documents to facilitate a terror attack. No bail was applied for. Police claim the 20-year-old accessed a guide book online produced by Al-Qaeda on how to carry out terror acts and…

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ඉරාකයේ හා සිරියාවේ ඉස්ලාමීය රාජ්‍ය පිහිටුවීම සඳහා සටන් කළ ISIS ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් පරාජය කර විජයග්‍රහනය ලබා ගත් බව ඉරාන ජනාධිපති හසාන් රූහානි විසින් අද ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කළ බව විදෙස් මාධ්‍ය වාර්තා කළේය.සිරියානු ජනාධිපති බෂාර් අල් අසාද්ට ISIS පරාජය කිරීම සඳහා ජාත්‍යන්තර වශයෙන් සහ දුන් ප්‍රධාන අනුග්‍රහයකයා වන ඉරානය සිරියාවේ හා ඉරාකයේ සටන් වැද සිටිය IS ත්‍රස්තයන්ට එරෙහිව සටන් වැදීමට දහස් ගණනින් ස්වේච්ඡා හමුදා හා යුද උපදේශන ද ලබා දුන්නේය.රූපවාහිනී නාලිකාවක් ඔස්සේ  ISIS පරාජය ගැන ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කළ  රුහානි "ඉස්ලාමයේ සියලු සටන්කරුවන්" ට, ඉරානයේ ආධ්‍යාත්මික  නායකයා අයතුල්ලා අල් කමේනිට සහ ඉරාකයේ හා සිරියාවේ සන්නද්ධ බලකායන්ට ස්තුති කරමින් ප්‍රකාශ කළේ  මේ විනාශ කළ කණ්ඩායම නරක, විනාශ,…

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