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Lanka to regulate madrasas under religious & cultural ministry

PTI Colombo Madrasas in Sri Lanka should be regulated by the Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry and not by the Education Ministry, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said, days after the country’s worst terror attack killed over 250 people. Authorities are on high-alert in the country after nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore …

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Discussing 3-way nuclear deal that includes Russia, China: Trump

PTI Washington US President Donald Trump has said that he and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were discussing a potential three-way nuclear deal that includes China. During his interaction with reporters following almost a hour-long conversation with Putin on Friday on various matters, majorly Venezuela, Trump said the talks would first start between the US and Russia and China would …

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Plane crashes into Florida river, but no deaths

AP Jacksonville (US) A charter plane carrying 143 people and travelling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway Friday night, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials said. A Boeing 737 arriving at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with 136 passengers and seven aircrew …

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Lanka authorities warn of more attacks

Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities on Friday warned that Islamist extremists, who carried out the country’s worst terror bombings on Easter Sunday could be planning more attacks in the capital Colombo.

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Vietnamese woman in Kim Jong Nam murder case freed

Kuala Lumpur: A Vietnamese woman who stood trial for the assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother was freed from prison Friday, bringing down the final legal curtain on a dramatic and often bizarre two-year murder mystery.

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Adani’s plan to protect endangered bird species rejected

Melbourne: Australia’s Queensland state government has rejected a management plan of Indian energy giant Adani to protect an endangered black-throated bird species, saying the company’s proposals do not meet the approval conditions for the proposed billion dollar mine project.

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Afghan grand council sets recommendations for Taliban talks

AP Kabul An Afghan grand council on Thursday agreed on several recommendations for peace talks with the Taliban, after four days of meetings in Kabul meant to hammer out a common strategy for future negotiations. President Ashraf Ghani had convened the council of more than 3,200 participants, known as Loya Jirga, earlier in the week. Though the gathering is consultative …

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Anger as Paris protesters accused of storming famed hospital

AFP Paris The French government on Thursday accused radicals of storming a famed Paris hospital during a fiery May Day, in an incident that risks further raising tensions between authorities and a nationwide protest movement. Doctors at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital — where Diana, Princess of Wales died in 1997 after a car crash in Paris — also said protesters had …

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