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The Foreign Minister is scheduled to meet the Indian Prime Minister today.


Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Assignments Tilak Marapana who is on a two day official visit in India will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. He will also meet his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj for discussions on a range of bilateral issues aimed at further strengthening the India-Sri Lanka partnership

Hurricane Irma causes devastation in the Caribbean.

Hurricane Irma has caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean, reducing buildings to rubble and leaving at least 10 people dead. The small island of Barbuda is said to be "barely habitable". Officials warn that St Martin is almost destroyed, and the death toll is likely to rise. Irma is a category five hurricane, the highest possible level. It is currently north of the Dominican Republic, heading towards Turks and Caicos. The low-lying Turks and Caicos islands are said to be at risk of a storm surge, with the possibility of destructive waves up to 6 meters higher than usual.

Switzerland prepared to perform mediator task to help resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Swiss president Dorris Leuthard says that ‘neutral Switzerland’, is prepared to perform as a mediator to help resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. She further states that Swiss troupes were deployed on the demarcation zone between North and South Korea and Switzerland had a long history of neutral diplomacy. She added that the US and China must fulfil their responsibility by playing a decisive role in negotiations.

Modi meets Suu Kyi, discusses India-Myanmar relations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two leaders discussed ways to further cement the bilateral relations. Office of the Prime Minister said in a tweet Prime Minister Modi and Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi meet in Myanmar, discuss further cementing of India-Myanmar relations.


Putin says sanctions on North Korea are useless

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said pursuing further sanctions against North Korea is "useless", saying "they'd rather eat grass than give up their nuclear programme". The US said on Monday it would table a new UN resolution on tougher sanctions in the wake of the latest test of a nuclear bomb by the North on Sunday. Mr Putin also said that the ramping up of "military hysteria" could lead to global catastrophe. He said diplomacy was the only answer.

North Korea says it 'has missile-ready nuclear weapon'

North Korea says it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that can be loaded on to a ballistic missile. The state news agency released pictures of leader Kim Jong-un inspecting what it said was a new hydrogen bomb.


Trump seeks 7.8 billion US dollars for flood recovery from Storm Harvey


US President Donald Trump has asked Congress for 7.8 billion US dollars as an initial payment to help with recovery efforts following flooding in Texas and Louisiana. Officials say there will be further requests for funds when the full impact of Hurricane Harvey becomes known. Some residents have been allowed to return to their homes but flood waters are still rising in other areas. Mr Trump is to visit Texas for a second time on Saturday.


US orders Russia to close consulate and two annexes.

Russia has been ordered to close its San Francisco consulate and two trade missions in response to "unwarranted" Russian action, the US has said. The consulate, and annexes in New York and Washington, must close by Saturday. The US state department's move follows Moscow's reduction of US diplomatic staff in Russia last month. That in turn followed new US sanctions on Russia over Crimea and alleged election interference, which led to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats.

US says talking with North Korea is not the answer.

The two-day Indian Ocean Conference in Colombo will begin today. Sri Lanka yesterday, welcomed an Indian delegation led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who arrived in the country to participate in the Conference. The Conference will be held today and tomorrow at Temple Trees, with the participation of representatives from nearly 35 countries. The Indian Ocean Conference 2017 is an initiative of the India Foundation to bring together countries in the Indian Ocean region for Peace, Progress & Prosperity. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would also attend the event as invitees.

North Korea threatens further Pacific action.

North Korea says its firing of a missile over Japan was "the first step" of military operations in the Pacific, signaling plans for more launches. State media also repeated threats to the US Pacific island of Guam, which it called "an advanced base of invasion".


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