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The president extends well wishes to the Indian Prime Minister for launching a SAARC Satellite.


President Maithripala Sirisena extends well wishes to the Indian Prime Minister for launching a SAARC Satellite. Addressing the India Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the President's house in Anuradhapura via satellite technology the president said this is a significant development in the communication sector as the Sri Lanka and all other SAARC countries can utilize this satellite for common communication system. The President also thanked the Indian leader for his commitment to enhance the connectivity and relationship among the SAARC countries.

Trump scores healthcare victory in House.


The US House of Representatives has passed a healthcare bill, bringing President Trump's pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare a stride closer. The American Health Care Act passed with a vote to spare, after weeks of cajoling within the Republican party to muster enough support. Democrats were unanimously opposed and their House leader Nancy Pelosi called it a "cowardly choice". President Trump predicted this "great plan" would now get Senate backing.

UK says it will 'not pay 100 billion euro divorce bill.

The UK will not pay a 100bn-euro "divorce bill" to leave the EU, Brexit Secretary David Davis has said.
He told ITV's Good Morning Britain the UK would pay what was legally due, "not just what the EU wants".
It comes amid claims by the Financial Times that the settlement sought by the EU had risen from 60bn euros.
Mr Davis said the UK treated its EU "rights and obligations" seriously but it had "not seen any number", adding the EU was playing "rough and tough". (BBC)

Pakistan naval ship arrives at Sri Lanka port on a goodwill mission

Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Pakistan Maritime Security Ship Dasht arrived at the Port of Colombo today on a goodwill visit. Recently built in China and equipped with state-of-the-art guns, PMSS Dasht is part of the Pakistan navy.

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Opponents of Venezuelan President staged demonstrations demanding elections.

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have set up roadblocks and staged demonstrations demanding elections as the country's political and economic crisis deepens. They responded with defiance to his call for a new constitution to end unrest that has killed 28 people.

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Venezuela crisis: Opposition condemns Maduro move

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have set up roadblocks and staged demonstrations demanding elections as the country's political and economic crisis deepens. They responded with defiance to his call for a new constitution to end unrest that has killed 28 people. Mr Maduro said his move was necessary to fend off a foreign-backed plot against him. (BBC)

Donald Trump attacks US media at 100-day Pennsylvania rally

 

US President Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on the media during a rally marking 100 days in office. He told supporters in Pennsylvania that he was keeping "one promise after another", dismissing criticism as "fake news" by "out of touch" journalists. Mr Trump decided to skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner - the first US leader to miss the annual event since Ronald Reagan in 1981. Until now, late president Ronald Reagan was the last US leader to miss the dinner, as he was recovering from a gunshot wound in 1981.

German soldier posed as Syrian refugee and 'planned attack'.

A German soldier who pretended to be a Syrian refugee and was allegedly planning a gun attack has been arrested in southern Germany. Prosecutors in Frankfurt said the 28-year-old suspect was motivated by a "xenophobic background". A student said to be a co-conspirator, has also been arrested. The soldier was first detained by Austrian police in February after he tried to retrieve a handgun he had hidden in a toilet at Vienna airport.

German Chancellor Merkel warns UK on scope of Brexit talks with EU.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says some British people have "illusions" about discussing the UK's future ties with the EU at the same time as nailing down the UK's Brexit terms. The future relationship can only be discussed once the exit issues - such as UK payments to the EU budget - are resolved, she told German MPs.

On the sequence of the Brexit talks, she said "some people in the UK still have some illusions on that score". "That would be just a waste of time”. EU leaders are to meet on Saturday to adopt their joint negotiating position on Brexit.

North Korea faces tighter sanctions under Trump strategy

The US is to tighten sanctions on North Korea and step up diplomatic moves aimed at pressuring the country to end its nuclear and missile programmes. President Donald Trump's strategy was announced after a special briefing for all 100 US senators. Earlier, the top US commander in the Pacific defended the deployment of an advanced missile Defence system in South Korea. Tensions have risen amid fears the North is planning new weapons tests.(BBC)

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