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Former Lankan president's brother hospitalized following remand

Updated: Jul 20, 2016 13:40 IST

Colombo, July 20 (ANI): Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother and former Economic Development Minister, Basil Rajapaksa arrested for financial misappropriation has been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital (CNH).

A spokesperson of the National Hospital said Basil Rajapaksa was transferred from the Prison Hospital yesterday, reports the Colombo Page.

The former minister was arrested Monday by the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) when he appeared before the unit to record a statement after he was questioned by the officers.

The Kaduwela Magistrate's Court on Monday remanded the former minister and former Director of the Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawaka till August 01.

He was arrested on charges of misappropriating millions of rupees of the Divi Neguma funds which came under his ministry during the previous government. (ANI)

US troops have come 'under fire' in Mosul

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 03:41 IST

New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): The U.S. troops have come "under fire" and have "returned fire" in and around Mosul, as allied forces tried to retake the city from ISIS.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Kellyanne Conway, once a strong supporter for the Trump White House, has been sidelined from television appearances for making statements that were at odds with the administration's official stance.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): In what comes as a development of U.S first lady Melania Trump's USD150 million defamation lawsuit against a British media outlet, her lawyers have changed and refiled it, which leaves out a controversial portion of the original, a section that argued the first lady's earning potential as a brand spokeswoman would be irretrievably damaged by the defamation.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): The Russian foreign ministry has accused some major Western media, of spreading false news about the country.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): A banner, reading "Refugees Welcome," was unfurled atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

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British Muslim teacher denied entry to US

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 01:55 IST

New York [USA], Feb. 22(ANI): A British Muslim school teacher, Juhel Miah, was denied to board a New York bound flight, during a trip with his students.

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New York [U.S.A.], Feb. 22 (ANI): More than a million protesters across the United States gathered for the 'Women's March on Washington' and "sister marchers" around the country after the United States gagged one of Chinese feminist movement's most visible social media accounts in an apparent bid to stifle criticism of President Donald Trump.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 22 (ANI): Following the recent militant attacks in Pakistan, the army has spoken about jointly fighting terrorism with Afghanistan.

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Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], Feb. 22 (ANI): Stating that attempts were made to break into the morgue in which the body of the estranged half brother of Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Nam, was kept, the investigating Malaysian police has demanded to question a senior North Korean diplomat.

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Lahore [Pakistan], Feb.22 (ANI): Over 200 Hindu pilgrims from India arrived in Lahore on Wednesday through the Wagha Border to participate in the "Shree Katas Raj Dham" celebrations at Katasraj Temples in District Chakwal.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.22 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Ministry has approved special powers for Rangers to launch anti-terror operations across the country's Punjab province.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.22 (ANI): The United States has said it will continue to work with Pakistan to dismantle terrorist networks on its soil.

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Rawalpindi [Pakistan], February 22 (ANI): The Pakistan Army on Wednesday launched 'Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad' across the country.

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New York [U.S.A.], Feb. 22 (ANI): U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday arrived in Mexico to mend bilateral ties which have received a major blow since Donald Trump became the President.

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Beijing [China], Feb.22 (ANI): Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday said that his two-days of restructured" strategic dialogue with his Chinese counterpart - Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui and with State Counsellor Yang Jiechi covered and reviewed "the entirety of our relationship i.e. both the bilateral side as well as the international, regional issues".

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Beijing [China], Feb.22 (ANI): China is open to India joining the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told media here on Wednesday after holding strategic dialogue discussions with his counterpart.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has said that Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison was the one who had predicted he would win the Presidency.

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Beijing [China], Feb.22 (ANI): India on Wednesday told China that the onus of imposing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 1267 Committee sanctions on Jaish-e-Mohammad leader and terrorist Masood Azhar is not only New Delhi's alone, but is supported by several countries around the world.

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Beijing [China], Feb.22 (ANI): China will host the first BRICS Sherpas Meeting in Nanjing in the country's Jiangsu Province.

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