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World's first dengue fever vaccine cleared by Mexico

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December 11, 2015 04:34 pm

AFP The world's first dengue vaccine won regulatory approval in Mexico on Wednesday, raising hopes that it could prevent more than 100 deaths there a year and eventually per...


FBI says California shooters were radicalized for 'some time'

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December 08, 2015 01:59 pm

(REUTERS) Investigators believe the married couple who massacred 14 people in California last week - a U.S.-born husband and his Pakistani wife - had been radicalized "for ...


Smog chokes Delhi, Beijing as climate talks begin

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December 01, 2015 02:28 pm

Air quality in the city of 16 million is usually bad in winter, when coal fires are lit by the poor to ward off the cold. Photo: AFP   Beijing/New ...


IMF approves China's yuan as elite reserve currency

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December 01, 2015 02:12 pm

  (AFP) The International Monetary Fund welcomed China's yuan into its elite reserve currency basket, recognizing the ascendance of the Asian power in th...


Canada to turn away single male Syrian refugees

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November 24, 2015 01:18 pm

Ottawa (AFP) - Canada will accept only whole families, lone women or children in its mass resettlement of Syrian refugees while unaccompanied men -- considered a security risk -...


US Muslim teen accused of clock bomb seeks $15 million

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November 24, 2015 12:33 pm

Chicago (AFP) - The Muslim teenager arrested when a teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb threatened to sue his school and the town of Irving, Texas for $15 million, his...


Woman sues Washington for return of JFK assassination film

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November 24, 2015 12:00 pm

DALLAS (Reuters) - A woman whose grandfather shot a home movie of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas' Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963 is suing the U.S. g...


Journalist shot in Bangladesh after funeral for hanged opposition leader

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November 23, 2015 11:00 am

DHAKA (Reuters) - Unknown assailants opened fire on a Bangladesh television channel's vehicle and wounded a journalist on Sunday, hours after two opposition leaders wer...


Obama urges halt to artificial islands in South China Sea

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November 23, 2015 11:00 am

REUTERS U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday that countries should stop building artificial islands and militarising their claims in the disputed South China Sea. ...


Belgium to review maximum alert status for Brussels

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November 22, 2015 05:05 pm

REUTERS Belgian security officials were set to review on Sunday whether to keep Brussels on maximum alert, leaving the public to wonder whether the blanket metro closure and can...


EU to tighten external border checks after Paris attacks

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November 20, 2015 03:49 pm

REUTERS The European Union will tighten checks at external borders of the passport-free Schengen area, including for its own citizens who enjoy free movement within the bloc, to...


Gunmen Take 170 Hostage at Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali

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November 20, 2015 03:39 pm

REUTERS Gunmen took at least 170 people hostage at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako, a hotel spokesman told NBC News early Friday. "They have loc...


Republicans slam Kerry over comment on Paris attacks

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November 19, 2015 07:46 am

REUTERS U.S. Republicans lashed out at Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday after he suggested that Islamist militants had a "rationale" for the attack on the Ch...


Russia, France set for showdown at U.N. over Islamic State fight

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November 19, 2015 07:41 am

REUTERS Russia revived on Wednesday a push for United Nations approval of international military campaigns combating Islamic State, setting up a showdown with France over its ri...


Militants execute Malaysian captive in Philippines - Malaysian government

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November 18, 2015 06:08 pm

KUALA LUMPUR/MANILA (Reuters) - A small al Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group has executed a Malaysian businessman held captive since May on the southern Philippine islan...


Bangladesh opposition leaders to hang for war crimes

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November 18, 2015 05:59 pm

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected final appeals from two opposition leaders against death sentences for atrocities committed during the...


Two members of Saudi security forces shot dead - interior ministry

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November 18, 2015 05:54 pm

DOHA (Reuters) - Two members of the Saudi security forces were killed on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia's restive eastern province after gunmen opened fire on their vehicle,...


On World Toilet Day, one billion people have nowhere to go

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November 17, 2015 07:11 pm

Some 2.4 billion people around the world don't have access to decent sanitation and more than a billion are forced to defecate in the open, risking disease and other dangers, accor...


U.S. firefighter gets world's most extensive face transplant

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November 17, 2015 05:15 pm

A volunteer firefighter from Mississippi whose face was burned off during a home fire rescue received the world's most extensive face transplant, New York University Langone Medica...


French police carry out 150 raids targeting suspected Islamists

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November 16, 2015 02:55 pm

Paris (AFP) - French police have carried out "more than 150" raids on suspected Islamists since the attacks on Paris, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Monday, as a source in the so...


US, France Agree on ‘Concrete Steps’ Against ISIS

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November 16, 2015 02:50 pm

AFP). The defense ministers of France and the United States agreed Sunday on “concrete steps” to intensify cooperation against the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said. US...


France launches major air strikes against ISIS in Syria

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November 16, 2015 02:46 pm

PARIS/BRUSSELS REUTERS - French warplanes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria on Sunday as police in Europe widened their investigations into coordinated attacks in Paris that...


Islamic State claims Paris attacks that killed 127

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November 14, 2015 09:47 pm

REUTERS Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for a coordinated assault by gunmen and bombers that killed 127 people at locations across Paris, which President Francois ...


Canada's Miss World aspirant to keep mum on rights if let into China: Organizer

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November 13, 2015 03:11 pm

Reuters The chief executive of Miss World Canada said on Thursday its finalist in the beauty pageant, a human rights activist, has agreed not to speak about rights abuses in China ...


Skate-boarding dog, runner on all fours mark World Records Day

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November 13, 2015 02:53 pm

From a dog skate-boarding through a tunnel of human legs to a man holding lit candles in his mouth, people around the world have been marking Guinness World Records Day with a rang...


World leaders laud Myanmar election as Suu Kyi secures majority

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November 13, 2015 02:47 pm

REUTERS The party of democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi has won a majority in Myanmar's parliament, the election commission said on Friday, giving it enough seats to elect its cho...


India's 'medicine man' brings pills to the poor

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November 09, 2015 01:43 pm

NEW DELHI AFP: It’s early morning but already “Medicine Baba” Omkarnath Sharma is pounding the pavement in one of New Delhi’s upscale neighbourhoods, collecting the wellhe...


Obama, Netanyahu set for first talks since Iran deal

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November 09, 2015 01:36 pm

(REUTERS) U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet on Monday for the first time since the Israeli leader lost his battle against the Iran nuclear deal...


As floods hit, Pakistan's Kalasha people fear for their way of life

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November 09, 2015 01:27 pm

CHITRAL, Pakistan, Nov 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Akram Hussain, unprecedented monsoon floods that drenched his Hindu Kush mountain valley this year were a danger to more...


Myanmar ruling party chief concedes defeat to Suu Kyi's opposition

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November 09, 2015 01:23 pm

HINTHADA, Myanmar (Reuters) - The acting chairman of Myanmar's ruling party conceded defeat to Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition on Monday and said he would accept the result of the co...




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The Workshop Players present "The Power of Theatre: Artistry, Entertainment and Social Commentary"

The Lionel Wendt Memorial Fund, in collaboration with The Workshop Players of Sri Lanka, presents “The Power of...

In Pictures: Vesak celebrations

Though security considerations in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks led to the cancellation o...

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The Gamini Dissanayake Foundation opened its new Head Office at the first floor of the Blue Ocean Apartment building ...

Sri Lankan High Commission in UK hosts reception for national cricket team

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