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Sierra Leone declares 7-day national mourning for mudslide victims.

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has declared seven days of mourning across the country with immediate effect. The president made the announcement after a devastating mudslide early Monday killed at least 400 people on the outskirts of capital city Freetown. At least 600 people are still missing.

North Korea leader 'briefed' on Guam plan but opts to wait

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reviewed plans to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam but will hold off, state media said. Although prepared for "the enveloping fire at Guam", the North said it would watch what "the foolish Yankees" do before taking a decision. Last week's threat against Guam escalated the sharp rhetoric being exchanged between the two sides.This latest report points to a pause in the increasingly bitter war of words.

North Korea leader 'briefed' on Guam missile plan.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been briefed on a plan to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, state media says. But the report said he would watch US actions before making a decision on "the enveloping fire at Guam". Last week, the North said a plan was being drawn up to fire four missiles into the sea off Guam, where US bombers are based. It came amid a sharp rise in rhetoric between the US and North Korea. The report on state news agency KCNA said Kim Jong-un "examined the plan for a long time" and discussed it with senior military officials.

Belgium Deputy Prime Minister meets the Sri Lankan Prime Minister to strengthen bilateral relations.

A meeting between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo took place this evening at the Temple Trees. They focused attention to further enhance economic and political ties between Belgium and Sri Lanka.

Sierra Leone mudslide buries houses with over three hundred feared dead.

More than three hundred people are feared dead and others remain trapped after a mudslide near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. A hillside in the Regent area collapsed early today following heavy rains, leaving many houses covered in mud. A BBC reporter at the scene says many people may have been asleep when the mudslide occurred. The number of casualties is not yet known but Sierra Leone's Vice-President Victor Bockarie Foh said it was "likely that hundreds are lying dead".

The US Government extends support to strengthen democratic rights and reconciliation, process in Sri Lankan.

 

A bipartisan delegation of Members of Congress from the U.S. House of Representatives arrived in Colombo on Wednesday, to further strengthen ties between the governments and people of Sri Lanka and the United States. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas held productive meetings with Prime Minister Wickremasinghe,

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Egg scandal: 20 tonnes sold in Denmark, food agency says.

Twenty tonnes of insecticide-tainted eggs have been sold in Denmark, the country's food safety authority says. The boiled and peeled eggs were mainly sold to cafeterias, cafes and catering firms, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said in a statement. Denmark is the latest European country to discover eggs contaminated with fipronil in its food chain. The insecticide can damage people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands if eaten in large quantities.

5 dead, 50 missing as smugglers throw 180 migrants into Yemen sea.

At least five migrants drowned and 50 went missing Thursday when smugglers forced 180 Africans off a boat bound for Yemen, a day after a similar incident left 50 dead, the International Organization for Migration said. Twenty-five people were being treated for injuries on a beach on Yemen's Red Sea coast,

the UN migration agency told reporters. It could not immediately confirm the nationalities of the casualties. Despite a war that has left over 8,300 people dead since March 2015, Yemen continues to draw migrants from the Horn of Africa seeking work in the prosperous Gulf countries further north.

US warns North Korea to avoid actions of destruction.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has told North Korea to avoid actions that could usher in the "end of its regime and the destruction of its people". The Pentagon chief also said Pyongyang would be "grossly overmatched" in a war against the US and its allies. His stark warning comes a day after President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury". US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to assure Americans there was no imminent threat.(BBC)

India Parliament discusses the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement


The Lok Sabha will have a special discussion today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement. Both Houses of the Parliament were adjourned after doing very little business due to sloganeering and protests. Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks for the first time in the monsoon session. He recalls the "August revolution", the other name of Quit India Movement. The British would have not thought of a revolution of this scale. There have been several phase in the freedom movement between 1857 and 1947. But August Kranti was like the final battle.

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