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Colombia plane crash survivor may play again

One of the Brazilian football players, who survived a plane crash in Colombia on Monday is recovering and may be able to resume his career. Doctors have told his father Helio Hermito Zampier Neto, a 31-year-old defender for Chapecoense, was in a stable condition, after surgery on a lung, a knee, a wrist and his head.

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Colombia plane 'ran out of fuel'

Colombian authorities say evidence is growing that a plane carrying a Brazilian football team crashed because it ran out of fuel as it tried to land. The plane had no fuel on impact, an official said, corroborating audio of the pilot asking to land because of a fuel shortage and electric failure.

The capital Bogota was mentioned on the flight plan as a possible refuelling stop, but the plane did not land there. The plane plunged into a mountainside near Medellin late on Monday. Only six of the 77 people on board the plane survived.

Tamil Nadu braces for cyclone Nada

South Indian state, Tamil Nadu is bracing itself to face cyclone Nada, which is likely to cross the north coastal area early tomorrow. Nada is likely to cross the coast between Vedaranniyam and Puducherry, close to Cuddalore by early morning.

The Indian government has asked public to call toll free numbers 1070 and 1077 during emergency situations and advised them to listen to the latest updates of the Indian Meteorological Department.

Cuba holds Castro commemoration

Tens of thousands of people have filled Revolution Square in the Cuban capital, Havana, for a rally honouring revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Proceedings began with the singing of Cuba's national anthem and speeches are being given by visiting dignitaries.

President Raul Castro closed the rally, referring to his brother Fidel as the leader of a revolution "for the humble, and by the humble". Left-wing Latin American leaders were among those attending the event. Fidel Castro, who came to power in 1959, died on Friday, aged 90.  

A plane carrying Brazil club football team crashes in Colombia

A plane carrying 72 people, including a Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia. Details are unclear but some reports say there are survivors. Officials said the chartered plane, flying from Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense football team.

The team was due to play in the final of the South American club cup with Medellin team  Atletico Nacional. The final has now been suspended.

The international Palestine solidarity day falls today.

The international Palestine solidarity day falls today. A special function in this regard has been organized at 4.15 pm today at the Sports Ministry Auditorium. Minister Rajitha Senarathne and Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake will participate at this function. Popular media personnel Mahinda Haththaka will deliver the keynote lecture at this function. The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Una McCauley will also be present at this occasion.

Ohio attacker Abdul Ali Artan was 'Somali refugee'

A man who injured 11 people, one critically, in a rampage at Ohio State University was of Somali descent and a student on campus, say US officials. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, rammed his car into a group of pedestrians at the college then got out and began stabbing people before police shot him dead.

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Cuba prepares for national tribute to Fidel Castro

Cubans are preparing for a national tribute to their revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, who died on Friday at the age of 90. The tribute will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time today at the Jose Marti Memorial in Revolution Square in Havana. The ceremony will begin with the firing of a 21-gun salute.

The Jose Marti Memorial, which will temporarily welcome Castro's remains, is at the highest point of Havana.
It stands on Revolution Square, long held to be one of Cuba's most emblematic spots. For decades, it hosted massive demonstrations in support of the Revolution and Castro gave many of his most important speeches there.

The square will also host a public mass at 7 p.m. local time tomorrow for Cubans to pay their respects. Following that, the ashes will begin a trip of around 1,000 kilometers from Havana to Santiago de Cuba. This journey will be the reverse of the one Castro carried out, as a young guerrilla leader, in his Caravan of Liberty in 1959.

After nine days of national mourning, the ashes of the revolutionary leader will be laid to rest on 4th of next month in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery after another mass in the Antonio Maceo Square in Santiago de Cuba.

Besides preparations for the official commemoration, across the nation, hundreds of thousands of people turned out during the weekend waving flags and chanting slogans in Castro's honour. Sports and cultural activities will be suspended for the period of mourning, while flags will remain at half-mast. Newspapers were printed in black ink in memory of the man, who led the country for decades.

Colombia signs new peace deal with FARC

The Colombian government and the country's largest rebel group, the FARC, have signed a revised peace deal. The previous deal was rejected by the Colombian people in a popular vote on 2nd of last month. The revised agreement has been submitted to Congress for approval, rather than put to a popular vote.

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Shia pilgrims among 77 people killed in IS attack in Iraq.

Some 77 people, most of them Shia pilgrims from Iran and Afghanistan, have been killed in a truck bomb attack in Iraq, officials say. The blast struck at a petrol station and restaurant near Hilla, some 100 kilometers south of Baghdad. Busloads of pilgrims had stopped there on their way home from commemorating Arbaeen in the holy city of Karbala. Some 40 people were wounded. The jihadist group Islamic State said it carried out the attack.

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