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Sri Lanka briefs EU on moves to repeal anti-terror laws

Updated: Jul 20, 2016 13:52 IST      
Sri Lanka briefs EU on moves to repeal anti-terror laws

Colombo, July 20 (ANI): Sri Lanka and the European Union (EU) have had talks on the progress with regards to moves to repeal anti-terror laws, Sri Lanka's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Xinhua quoted the foreign ministry, as saying that Sri Lanka and the EU discussed the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the release or prosecution of detainees held under the PTA.

The establishment of the transitional mechanisms for truth, reconciliation, justice and reparations were also discussed.

The foreign ministry also said that Colombo has provided updates on the process of drawing up the new Constitution.

The Foreign Ministry said that the meeting provided an opportunity to exchange views on the state of implementation of a UN Human Rights Council resolution last year, which was co-sponsored by a number of UN Member States and Sri Lanka. The matters were discussed at the 20th meeting of the EU - Sri Lanka Joint Commission which took place in Brussels, the foreign ministry was quoted, as saying in a statement. (ANI)

U.S. considering laptop ban on all international flights

Updated: May 29, 2017 01:12 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], May 29 (ANI): The U.S. administration is considering a blanket ban on laptops in passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.

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Suicide bomb attack kills four in eastern Iraq

Updated: May 28, 2017 23:15 IST     

Diyala [Iraq], May 28 (ANI): At least four persons were killed and 18 others injured after a suicide bomber blew himself near a security checkpoint in Iraq's central Baquba city on Sunday.

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New Delhi [India], May 28 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump has said that British Prime Minister Theresa May was very angry over the leaks of sensitive information about the Manchester Arena bombing to the U.S. media.

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Eight killed in Mississippi shooting, one arrested

Updated: May 28, 2017 20:27 IST     

Mississippi [USA], May 28 (ANI): At least eight people including a deputy sheriff were killed in shoot out in Mississippi's Lincoln County.

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Kathmandu sees Tagore's childhood

Updated: May 28, 2017 18:14 IST      By: Binod Prasad Adhikari

Kathmandu [Nepal], May 28 (ANI): Indian theater group, Ruchika, on Sunday staged a drama based on famous literary figure Rabindranath Tagore's childhood in Kathmandu.

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China criticises G7 interference in its sea disputes

Updated: May 28, 2017 17:30 IST     

Beijing [China], May 28 (ANI): China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang on Sunday said that Beijing strongly denounces a joint communique released after the 2017 G7 summit as it interfered in East China Sea and South China Sea issues on the pretext of international law.

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Nawaz Sharif's son appears before JIT in Panamagate probe

Updated: May 28, 2017 15:59 IST     

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INS Shardul reaches Colombo with relief materials

Updated: May 28, 2017 15:29 IST     

Colombo [Sri Lanka], May 28 (ANI): In the aftermath of devastating floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, the Indian Navy's INS Shardul on Sunday reached here with relief materials and stores.

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Saudi rulers will perish: Khamenei

Updated: May 28, 2017 15:11 IST     

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Trump returns to White House, faces slew of challenges

Updated: May 28, 2017 15:11 IST     

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Massive power outages across Karachi on first day of Ramazan

Updated: May 28, 2017 14:43 IST     

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Kim Jong Un inspects test-fire of new anti-aircraft weapon

Updated: May 28, 2017 13:28 IST     

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UK: 23,000 jihadists identified amid terror fears

Updated: May 28, 2017 12:03 IST     

London [U.K.], May 28 (ANI): As many as 23,000 jihadist extremists currently living in the U.K. have been identified by intelligence agencies as potential terrorists.

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London [U.K.], May 28 (ANI): British Airways GMB union has blamed the airline's 2016 decision of outsourcing IT jobs to India as the reason behind cancelling all Saturday flights from London's two biggest airports: Heathrow and Gatwick.

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Not going to comment on Kushner: Trump's NSA

Updated: May 28, 2017 10:04 IST     

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Uber CEO's mother killed in boating accident

Updated: May 28, 2017 10:04 IST     

New York [U.S.], May 28 (ANI): In a tragic development, the mother of Travis Kalanick, Chief Executive of Uber, was killed and his father was seriously injured in a boating accident on Friday near Fresno, Calif.

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Trump plans to sell half of 'emergency' U.S. oil reserve

Updated: May 28, 2017 08:36 IST     

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Russia, Turkey reaffirm commitment to deepen partnership

Updated: May 28, 2017 03:36 IST     

Moscow (Russia), May 28 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated mutual commitment on Saturday to deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries, the Kremlin said.

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