Sri Lanka Brodcasting Corporation

Wed12192018

Last updateThu, 13 Dec 2018 1pm

World News

More than 100 killed in dust storms in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan.

At least 109 people have been killed and scores more injured in fierce dust storms that hit the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The storms on Wednesday disrupted electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock. Many of the dead were sleeping when their houses collapsed after being struck by intense bursts of lightning. Dust storms are common in this part of India during summer but loss of life on this scale is unusual.

Slain Afghan journalists remembered on World Press Freedom Day

Afghanistan's slain journalists were remembered on World Press Freedom Day which is today, days after the deadliest attack on the country's media, since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Ten journalists, including AFP Chief Photographer: Shah Marai, were killed in blasts last Monday,

Read more...

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook data-harvest firm to shut

Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy at the center of the Facebook data-sharing scandal, is shutting down. The firm was accused of improperly obtaining personal information on behalf of political clients. According to Facebook, data about up to 87 million of its members was harvested by a quiz app and then passed on to the political consultancy. The social network said its own probe into the matter would continue.

South Korea says US troops will stay despite possible peace treaty

South Korea's government has said US troops will remain in the country, even if a deal is reached to formally end the Korean War. There are about 29,000 US military personnel based in South Korea, under a post-war security agreement. North Korea has previously made giving up its nuclear weapons conditional on the troops leaving the peninsula. But a South Korean government spokesman said their presence was "nothing to do with signing peace treaties".

Facebook to launch dating service

Facebook chief: Mark Zuckerberg has announced that it will soon include a new 'dating feature'. He made this announcement while vowing to make 'privacy protection' its top priority, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. He did not specify whether the feature would be free of charge, in line with Facebook's core offer.
Under the new feature, users will be able to create a separate "dating profile", not visible to their network of friends, with potential matches recommended based on dating preferences, points in common, and mutual acquaintances.

UN Myanmar Rights Envoy calls for halt to violence in the Kachin State

Citing reports of the army using aerial bombings, heavy weapons and artillery fire on civilian areas, the United Nations Human Rights Expert on Myanmar has voiced deep concern at a sharp escalation in hostilities in the Kachin State.Thousands of people rallied in Kachin today to demand humanitarian access for villagers trapped by fighting between government forces and ethnic minority insurgents. More than 5,000 people have been displaced. Any wilful impediment of relief supplies may amount to 'war crimes' under international law.

Israel says Iran hid nuclear arms programme

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed what he says are "secret nuclear files" proving Iran once covertly pursued nuclear weapons.He said thousands of pages of material obtained by Israel showed Iran had deceived the world by denying it had ever sought nuclear weapons. Iran agreed in 2015 to curb its nuclear energy programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.It maintained that it had only been pursuing nuclear energy.

Twin Kabul suicide blasts kill at least 21, including journalists

Two explosions in the Afghan capital: Kabul, have killed at least 21 people, including a leading photographer of the AFP agency and several other journalists documenting the scene. An attacker on a motorbike carried out the first explosion. About 15 minutes later, after people and reporters had gathered at the scene, there was a second explosion. The bomber disguised himself as a journalist and detonated himself among the crowd.
AFP said, its chief photographer: Shah Marai, had been killed. Marai joined AFP as a driver in 1996, the year the Taliban seized power, and began taking pictures on the side, covering stories including the US invasion in 2001.

Koreas make nuclear pledge after historic summit

The leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, after holding a historic summit. The announcement was made by the North's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea after talks at the border.

Read more...

Kim Jong-un to meet Moon Jae-in at Korean border for summit

Kim Jong-un is set to become the first North Korean leader to enter South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953, as he prepares to cross the border this morning. South Korea said President Moon Jae-in would personally meet Mr Kim at the border. Both men are on their way to the summit venue in the demilitarised zone. The historic meeting will focus on the North's recent indications it could be willing to give up its nuclear weapons.

Local News