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Colombian leader tries to save the peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has appointed a team of senior government officials to launch talks with the opposition on changes to a peace deal with the Farc rebel group.

Santos made the announcement after meeting with political party leaders. The peace deal was rejected by a narrow margin in a referendum on Sunday. Former President Alvaro Uribe, who led the "no" campaign, did not attend the meeting but appointed three negotiators to hold talks with the government.

Prime Minister begins a three day official visit in India today.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is to arrive in New Delhi today for a three day official visit in India.


An MOU between Sri Lanka and South Korea to enhance cooperation in the defence sector.

An MOU has been signed between Sri Lanka and South Korea to enhance cooperation in the defence sector. Visiting Chairman of the South Korean National Defence University Leutinent General Vee Sung Ho met State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena and held discussions of the important matters.


US suspends talks with Russia over Syria conflict.

The US has said it is suspending talks with Russia over Syria, accusing Moscow of having "failed to live up" to its commitments under a ceasefire deal.


Sri Lanka set for pink ball debut

Pink-ball cricket will mark its debut in Sri Lanka when the first unofficial Test between Sri Lanka A and West Indies A commences at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today. Sri Lanka currently use the Australian Kookaburra ball in their domestic tournaments.


Prime Minister will begin three day official visit in India tomorrow.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will arrive in New Delhi, tomorrow for a three-day official visit.He will hold several discussions with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Sri Modi, and a few other senior ministers. He will also participate in the Indian Economic Forum commenced on 6th October in New Delhi.


The Finance Minister of New Zealand commends the strategic plan of Sri Lanka to increase investment opportunities.

Finance Minister of New Zealand Bill English has commended the strategic plan of Sri Lanka to increase investment opportunities.


The Finance Minister of New Zealand commends the strategic plan of Sri Lanka to increase investment opportunities.

Finance Minister of New Zealand Bill English has commended the strategic plan of Sri Lanka to increase investment opportunities.


Boris Nemtsov murder trial begins at Moscow military court

Five men accused of involvement in the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov have gone on trial at a military court in Moscow. A former deputy prime minister who became a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, Nemtsov was shot dead last year near the Kremlin. The defendants - all Chechens - were allegedly promised cash to kill him. All deny the charges.

Kashmir Valley remains calm

No restrictions were in place on the movement of people anywhere in the Kashmir Valley today where the nearly three-month long agitation is showing signs of fatigue. However, normal life continued to remain affected in Kashmir for the 87th consecutive day today due to the separatist sponsored strike. The Police said security forces have been deployed at some places, including market places, to instill a sense of security among the people so that they can carry out their day-to-day activities without fear.

The Police also added that the situation in Kashmir was improving with each day and there has been a significant increase in the movement of private and public transport, except buses, in uptown areas of the summer capital Srinagar, including in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.

Deadly stampede at Ethiopia festival

Many people are reported to have been killed and injured in Ethiopia's Oromia region after security forces fired tear gas and shots to disperse a protest. Some died in a panicked stampede after troops opened fire.

Thousands had gathered for a religious festival in Bishoftu, 25 miles from the capital Addis Ababa. Some reports said troops responded after anti-government protesters threw stones and bottles, while others said demonstrators were entirely peaceful.

British PM to trigger Article 50 by end of March

Theresa May will formally begin the Brexit process by the end of March 2017. The PM's announcement on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty - which begins the formal negotiation process - means the UK looks set to leave the EU by the end of March 2019.

Mrs May also promised a bill to remove the European Communities Act 1972 from the statute book. She said this would make the UK an "independent, sovereign nation". The repeal of the 1972 Act will not take effect until the UK leaves the EU under Article 50.

SLBC Women's team won the Asi Disi Cricket Championship.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Women's team won the Asi Disi Cricket Championship organized by the Ministry of Mass Media.


The Western Province is in the forefront at the National Sports Festival

The Western Province is in the forefront at the National Sports Festival being held at the Dorei Appa Stadium in Jaffna receiving 101 gold, 37 silver and 62 bronze medals. The 2nd place secured by the Central province receiving 28 gold, 35 silver and 38 bronze medals. Southern Province is in the 3rd place receiving 25 gold, 24 silver and 41 bronze.

Aleppo hit air strikes and barrel bomb


The divided Syrian city of Aleppo has seen a morning of air attacks, with reports of barrel bombs hitting a hospital already bombed this week.


San Diego Police release shooting videos

Police in the US city of San Diego have released two videos of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man outside a shopping centre on Tuesday.


World leaders laud Shimon Peres at the funeral

World leaders have hailed the vision of the late Israeli leader, Shimon Peres, as he is laid to rest three days after he died at the age of 93. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described him as "a great man of the world", as he led the eulogies.


Two new SL records created in the 2nd day of the national sports festival

Today is the 2nd day of the National Sports Festival being held at the Duraiappa stadium in Jaffna. Two new Sri Lankan records were created today. Tharika Fernando of Western Province was able to create a new Sri Lankan record in the women's shot put event. It was 15 point 25 meters. Meanwhile, Jaga-Eswaran Anna of Northern Province created another record in the pole vault event by nailing
a 3.4 meter attempt. The previous record was by Hasitha Dilrukshi of North Central Province.

Meanwhile, Lionel Samarajeewa who represented the Central Province won the gold medal of the 10,000 meter event held today. The silver medal was won by B.A.Maduranga of Sabaragamuwa Province while K.G.S. Kumara from Uva Province bagged the bronze medal. Meanwhile, the 5000 meter event was won by Nilmini Ratnayake of Sabaragamuwa Province.

Chinese people honor deceased national heroes

Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior leaders attended a ceremony Friday at the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing to honor and remember deceased national heroes on the Martyrs' Day.

This year is also the 80th anniversary of the victory of the Long March, a famous military maneuver carried out by the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army of the Communist Party of China from 1934 to 1936.

Veterans, family members of martyrs and representatives of all walks of life gathered at the Monument to the People's Heroes at the Tian'anmen Square to mark the country's third Martyrs' Day on the eve of the National Day.

The leaders and other participants in the event will present flowers to the people's heroes.

Martyrs, as defined by the government, are "people who sacrificed their lives for national independence and prosperity, as well as the welfare of the people in modern times, or after First Opium War (1840-1842)."

It is estimated that China has about 20 million martyrs.

A peace deal in Afganistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani formalized a controversial accord with one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords on Thursday. The government hopes the agreement will lead to more peace agreements.

Surrounded by hundreds of Afghan officials, Afgan President signed a pact that opens the door to the militant faction of Hezb-i-Islami, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, playing an active role in politics.

Despite the rhetoric of unity, Hekmatyar was not present and addressed a gathering in Kabul in a recorded video message, appearing by himself to sign the document in a small room.

Hekmatyar said in his message “I call on all sides to support this peace deal and I call on the opposition parties of the government to join the peace process and pursue their goals through peaceful means.”

Hekmatyar has been designated a “global terrorist” by the United States.

“We hope that the day comes when foreign interference has ended, foreign troops have departed fully from Afghanistan, and peace has been achieved,” Hekmatyar said.

His faction of Hezb-i-Islami has played a relatively small role in the current conflict, in which the Taliban have a leading role in battling the government in Kabul.

But government officials hope the accord will be a first step toward eventually making similar peace deals with the Taliban and other groups.

“This is a chance for the Taliban and other militant groups to show what their decision is: To be with people and join the respected caravan of peace, like Hezb-i-Islami, or confront the people and continue the bloodshed,” Ghani said.

India 'launches strikes against Kashmir militants'.

India's army says it has carried out "surgical strikes" against suspected militants along the de-facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir. The operation was aimed at preventing attacks being planned by Pakistan-based militants, a senior army official said.

He said "significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who are trying to support them". Pakistan denies India carried out any strikes and says two of its soldiers were killed in cross-border shelling.

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