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Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new PM

Leader of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party Mahinda Rajapaksa took his oath as the nation’s new prime minister on Sunday after his party secured a landslide victory in the recently concluded parliamentary election. Rajapaksa took oaths during a grand ceremony at Kelaniya Temple, a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo in the presence of the diplomatic ...

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Air India Express flight skids off runway, 20 killed, dozens hurt

An Air India Express plane with 190 on board from Dubai overshot Karipur’s table top runway and dropped about 35 feet into a deep gorge on Friday evening left 20 people dead, Officials said. The pilot Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe and the co-pilot among the dead in the accident and over 140 more are injured, some of them seriously. Images from ...

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Coronavirus: 42,578 deaths recorded in India

India has recorded 42,578 deaths from coronavirus till Saturday (Bangladesh Time 12:00 pm), according to latest data from worldometer. So far, 2,088,611 coronavirus cases have been diagnosed, the source said. Apart from this, 1,427,669 patients have made fully recovery. Besides, the number of active cases are 618,364 while 8,944 patients are in critical condition, worldometer reported. With the fresh tally ...

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Gunmen kill about 20 in attack on cattle market in Burkina Faso

Around 20 people were killed on Friday in an attack by an armed group on a cattle market in the east of Burkina Faso, a local governor said. Officials did not blame any group for Friday’s attack, but Burkina Faso is caught up in a jihadist insurgency that began in Mali and has spread to neighbouring countries. “Unidentified armed individuals ...

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Italy prepares to return to school

Italy, the first Covid-19 epicenter outside of China, has used an aggressive testing regime and face coverings to beat back a second wave of the pandemic so far. But as the nation’s children prepare to return to the classroom, many schools are taking matters into their own hands — by chopping up the furniture. Social distancing is vital to mitigate ...

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Sri Lanka election: Rajapaksa brothers win ‘super-majority’

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared victory in the country’s parliamentary election. His brother Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to be installed as prime minister, having held the role as caretaker since November. The brothers’ party, Sri Lanka People’s Front, has secured a two-thirds “super majority” of seats needed to carry out its promised constitutional changes, BBC reported. The party ...

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Malaysian ex-finance minister held in graft case

Former Malaysian finance minister Lim Guan Eng was detained by the anti-corruption agency after he was charged with corruption in a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project. The anti-corruption agency detained him late Thursday after they summoned him for questioning in northern Penang state, reports AP. The project was approved during Lim’s tenure as Penang chief minister from 2008-2018, before he ...

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Trump signs executive order banning transactions with TikTok parent after 45 days

US President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered sweeping restrictions against Chinese-owned social media stars TikTok and WeChat, which could strangle their ability to operate in the United States. Trump’s executive order, which takes effect in 45 days, bars anyone under US jurisdiction from doing business with TikTok or WeChat’s owners. It heaps pressure on ByteDance, TikTok’s parent, to close negotiations ...

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51 bodies of migrants recovered at Mexico-US border

Since 2019, the bodies of 51 foreign migrants have been recovered at the Mexico-US border, according to the authorities on Wednesday. Mexico’s National Institute of Immigration (INM) said in a statement that members of its Beta Group special task force recovered the bodies from a desert terrain and the Rio Grande River that separates the two countries, a media report ...

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