14December2017

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Dubbed 2012 TC4, the space rock will shave past at an altitude of less than 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles) -- just above the 36,000-km plane at which hundreds of geosynchronous satellites orbit the Earth. That represents about an eighth of the distance between the Earth and the Moon. NASA's Mike Kelley, who leads the exercise to spot, track and intimately probe the transient visitor, insisted there was “no danger. Not even for satellites”. “We've now been observing TC4 for two months, so we have very accurate position information on it, which in turn allows very precise calculations of its orbit,”…

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IRAQ: Soldiers who promised to be martyrs for the Caliphate are surrendering “en masse,” according to Kurdish forces. Islamic State (IS) fighters, they say, have been turning themselves in by the hundreds after realizing they won’t be fed or paid for their contribution to the cause. “More than a thousand” Islamic State fighters have already passed through processing, The New York Times reports, and Kurdish authorities expect hundreds more, if their intelligence – gathered through interviews with those who have deserted their ISIS cohorts – proves correct. Iraqi forces are moving quickly to oust ISIS from strongholds in Hawija, where…

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The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.       The Norwegian Nobel Committee said ICAN was receiving the award for its "work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons." ICAN, a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries dedicated to achieving a prohibition of nuclear weapons, said the "award shines a needed light on the path the ban treaty provides towards a world free of nuclear weapons." The organization…

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ඇමරිකාවේ නිව්යෝර්ක් නගරයේ දෛනික කටයුතු බොහෝමයක් මේ වන විට අඩාලව ඇති බව ජාත්‍යන්තර මාධ්‍යය වාර්තාකරයි.ඊට හේතුවී ඇත්තේ නිව්යෝර්ක් නගරයට බලපෑමට නියමිත සැන්ඩීස් සුළි කුණාටුව හේතුවෙන් නිව්යෝර්ක් නගරය නිද්‍රාශීලී කොට තිබීමයි.ඒ අනුව එහි පොදු ප්‍රවාහන සේවා කටයුතු ඊයේ දිනයේ සිට නවතාදමා ඇති අතර පාසල්ද වසාදමා ඇත. එමෙන්ම 3,75000 ක පිරිසකට ආරක්ෂිත ස්ථානවලට පිටත්වන ලෙසයි නිව්යෝර්ක් නගරාධිපතිවරයා දක්වා ඇත්තේ.මේ අතර එම ජාත්‍යන්තර මාධ්‍යය වාර්තා පෙන්වාදෙන්නේ මෙම සුළි කුණාටුව තවත් දින කිහිපයකින් ආරම්භවීමට නියමිත ඇමරිකානු ජනාධිපතිවරණයටද බාධා එල්ලකර ඇති බවයි.

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Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi has threatened to bring down the government of technocrats led by Mario Monti. Mr Berlusconi said the cabinet was leading Italy into a "spiral of recession" and that his centre-right PDL party would decide in the coming days whether it would end its support. It is the largest party in parliament and the move could trigger early polls. Mr Berlusconi was forced to step down last year. His comments come a day after he was found guilty of tax fraud.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leaving the door open to continuing to serve under President Barack Obama should he win a second term that would begin in January. One of Obama’s most popular cabinet members, Clinton has repeatedly insisted she would leave her office as America’s top diplomat at the end of the Obama administration’s first term. But she hinted at serving beyond then in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published on Thursday. “A lot of people have talked to me about staying,” Clinton said. She said it was “unlikely” that the fallout from the deadly…

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South Korea suspended its third attempt to send a satellite into orbit by at least three days yesterday, after a helium leak was detected in the rocket just hours before scheduled launch time. With only a five-day launch window that ends October 30, any further delay could result in a much lengthier postponement, officials at the Naro Space Centre told reporters. After two previous failures in 2009 and 2010, the current launch is considered critical for South Korea”s efforts to join an elite space club that includes Asian powers China, Japan and India. The 140-tonne Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV-I)…

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ඉන්දීය විදේශ අමාත්‍ය එස්.එම් ක්‍රිෂ්ණා මහතා අද සිය අමාත්‍ය ධූරයෙන් අද ඉල්ලා අස්වී ඇති බව වාර්තාවේ.ක්‍රිෂ්ණා මහතා එසේ සිය ධූරයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වීමට හේතුව මෙතෙක් නිශ්චිත වශයෙන් අනාවරණය වී නොමැති අතර ජාත්‍යන්තර මාධ්‍යය පවා විමතිය පලකොට ඇත්තේ පාලක ඉන්දීය කොංග්‍රස් පක්ෂය විසින් කැබිනට් සංශෝධනයක් සිදුකිරීමට දින දෙකක් පමණත් තිබියදී මෙසේ ක්‍රීෂ්ණා අමාත්‍යවරයා සිය ධූරයෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වී ඇත්තේ කුමන හේතුවක් නිසාවෙන්දැයි විමසමිනුයි.මේ අතර අද දිනයේදී ක්‍රිෂ්ණා මහතා ඉන්දීය අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ආචාර්ය මන්මෝහන් සිං මහතා සමගින් ලාඕසයේ සංචාරයකට පිටත්ව යාමට නියමිතව තිබුණද ඔහු එම සංචාරයට එක්ව නොමැති බවයි වාර්තාවන්නේ.

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Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks website yesterday started publishing more than 100 US Department of Defense documents including the first prisoner treatment manual for Guantanamo Bay. The latest release by the anti-secrecy site comes as Assange, who faces charges of rape and sexual assault in Sweden, remains holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London with what Quito says are health problems. Assange said in a statement that the newly released documents exposed military detention policies at camps in Iraq and at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Among the documents…

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Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been expelled from the country's parliament and stripped of his legal immunity, clearing the way for his prosecution, state media said Friday. The announcement follows intense speculation on the fate of the former party boss of the southwestern city of Chongqing in the lead-up to a once-in-a-decade leadership transition set to begin on November 8. State news agency Xinhua said the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) remov

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