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Norway PM meets President Sirisena

Updated: Aug 12, 2016 14:42 IST      
Norway PM meets President Sirisena

Colombo, Aug. 12 (ANI): Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrived on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka on Friday and was received by Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.

Solberg was accorded a guard of honor and a gun salute, following which the two heads of state held bilateral discussions, reports the Colombo Page.

She also met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and will be meeting Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan.

Solberg has been invited to deliver this year's Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture scheduled to take place tomorrow at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies.

She is also scheduled to visit a Fisheries Harbour project in Mirissa tomorrow, where she will meet harbour development committee representatives. (ANI)

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N. Korea detains U.S. citizen: Media reports

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 18:42 IST

Seoul, [South Korea], April 23 (ANI): A U.S. citizen was reportedly detained by the North Korean authorities at Pyongyang International Airport on his way out of the country on Friday, Yonhap news agency reported citing sources on Sunday.

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U.S. citizen detained in North Korea

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 14:20 IST

Seoul [South Korea], Apr 23 (ANI): A former Korean-American professor was arrested in North Korea last week, becoming the third U.S. citizen to be detained by Pyongyang of late.

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France votes in presidential election

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 12:28 IST

Paris [France], Apr 23 (ANI): Voting is presently underway in France for the first phase of the presidential election that comes amidst heightened security concerns for the country following a string of deadly terror attacks.

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Concerns grow as Chinese jihadis rise in Syria

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 10:22 IST

Beijing [China], Apr 23 (ANI): Analysts have warned of the increasing security threat to Beijing as Chinese jihadis are on the rise in Syria, thereby forcing the country to rethink its Middle East strategy.

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New York [U.S.A.], Apr 23 (ANI): Former United States president Barack Obama will deliver the first public remarks of his post-presidency, three months after leaving the White House.

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Venezuela: Protests leave 13 dead in one day

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 03:51 IST

New York [U.S.A.], Apr 23 (ANI): In the wake of reports that as many 13 people were killed in one day in Venezuela's Caracas, people have planned to take to the streets dressed in white to pay tribute to those killed in the anti-government demonstrations this month.

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Terrorists launch mortar attack in Damascus

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 01:59 IST

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New York [U.S.], Apr. 22 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he will announce the much awaited tax reform and tax reduction on the coming Wednesday.

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