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Among the injured were 7 Army personnel and 5 Air Force personnel. The injured had been rushed to the Diyatalawa state hospital. "The Army denies any terrorist involvement in the incident". "The cause can be ruled out after the government analyst inspects the scene", Atapattu was quoted as saying by Daily Mirror newspaper. The military defeated separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009, ending more than a quarter-century of civil war .
  • The Rev. Billy Graham: His Life in Pictures

    The Rev. Billy Graham: His Life in Pictures

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    He had been suffering from cancer, pnuemonia and other ailments and passed away at his home in North Carolina, a spokesman told the Associated Press . And yet the Spirit of Christ lives on in all of us. He was a mentor to several of my children , including the former president of the United States.
  • Winter weather advisory for county Thursday

    Winter weather advisory for county Thursday

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    Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. East wind around 7 miles per hour. There is an 80 percent chance of precipitation. Initially, a light sleet/snow mix will begin between 10 p.m. and midnight. Northwest wind 7 to 11 miles per hour. A light and variable wind will become east northeast around 5 miles per hour in the afternoon. The mixed wintry precipitation will spread northward across the region Wednesday evening and continue for much of the night, before tapering off early Thursday ...
  • Donald Trump pushes for ban on rapid-fire gun 'bump stocks'

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    Trump is hosting a listening session with high school students and teachers from Parkland at the White House on Wednesday. The announcement came a day after the president - facing growing calls from student activists and lawmakers alike to reform the nation's gun laws after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida - announced his support for bipartisan legislation that calls for improvements to background checks on gun buyers.
  • Siesta is No. 2 on TripAdvisor list of best United States beaches

    Siesta is No. 2 on TripAdvisor list of best United States beaches

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    The beach, now No. 1 in the nation on the annual list produced by Stephen P. "Dr. Beach" Leatherman, trailed Clearwater Beach on TripAdvisor's list after being No. We have a staggering 10,685 beaches in Australia in total and deep down we know that every one of them is the best in the world. The ranking is an improvement for the Grand Cayman based beach which in 2017 was ranked as being 12 in the world.
  • Trump signs directive calling for ban on bump stocks

    Trump signs directive calling for ban on bump stocks

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    The gunman in that incident, Stephen Paddock , allegedly used a bump stock device while firing rounds on the crowd of concert-goers from a hotel room above them. It would be a small step in the right direction if bump stocks were banned but this alone would not be enough to end these horrific shootings in America.
  • Police could face legal action after Worboys case

    Police could face legal action after Worboys case

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    Responding to the judgment, Scotland Yard Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said: "There is no doubt that it will have implications for how we resource and prioritise our investigations". The Metropolitan Police have lost an appeal against the victims of a man who was thought to have raped or sexually assaulted more than 100 women .
  • 'Beast from the East' on its way

    'Beast from the East' on its way

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    Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, Brent Walker, said: "Whilst a major widespread snow event is now not expected, some parts of Southeast England could have the first significant spell of snow so far this winter during next week. There's also likely to be some snow forecast, primarily for eastern areas. She added though that the cold snap may be relatively short lived with milder conditions setting in from the middle of next week.
  • Trump fumes about Russian Federation investigation as USA mourns

    Trump fumes about Russian Federation investigation as USA mourns

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    For now, the White House is starting small by focusing on conversations with those impacted by deadly shootings, with their next session on Thursday being held with local officials and members of the law enforcement community. It's unlikely, though, that Sessions is going anywhere soon, given how any confirmation battle for a new attorney general would be a protracted and deeply partisan fight.
  • Russian skiers win silver medals in Cross-Country Skiing

    Russian skiers win silver medals in Cross-Country Skiing

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    Bjoergen won her 14th medal at the Winter Games by taking bronze with her Norwegian teammates on Wednesday in the team sprint. "It's still hard to understand it when I'm standing here", said Bjoergen after the race. Despite likely being disappointed at not adding yet another gold medal to her haul on Wednesday, she can reflect on a career that has spanned nearly 20 years.
  • Former UN chief says Koreas dialogue must be kept alive

    Former UN chief says Koreas dialogue must be kept alive

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    Probably the single most misguided aspect of North Korea's participation was combining the North and South Korean women's hockey sides into one team in which North Korea would have three of its players on the ice at all times. from the Olympics . Now, more than a week after Mr Pence returned to the U.S., the State Department says a meeting had been discussed before North Korea " walked away ".
  • Vonn's Olympic downhill farewell is a lovely shade of bronze

    Vonn's Olympic downhill farewell is a lovely shade of bronze

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    A gold medal in her favorite event would have provided a ideal sendoff, but Vonn found it hard to be disappointed with a bronze , given everything she went through to be able to race in the Olympics again. She was moved to tears when discussing the memory of her late grandfather, her ski racing inspiration, who passed away in November and whose initials she wears on her helmet.
  • Black Panther tops The Last Jedi in four-day opening weekend

    Black Panther tops The Last Jedi in four-day opening weekend

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    But a white conservative commentator accused Obama of being clueless on black movie history - if not racist. However, it was the engaging content, the breathtaking visuals, the insane action sequences and the killer performances that impressed one and all.
  • Donald Trump Jr. says he likes India's poor because they 'smile'

    Donald Trump Jr. says he likes India's poor because they 'smile'

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    President Trump's eldest son said Tuesday in an interview with India's CNBC affiliate, "the spirit of the Indian people" was unique to "other parts of the emerging world". CNBC-TV18's Real Estate Editor, Manisha Natarajan sat down with the Executive Vice President of the Trump Organisation. "It's sort of a shame". The company was not signing new deals with business partners outside the U.S.
  • Irish gov't reiterates opposition to direct rule in Northern Ireland

    Irish gov't reiterates opposition to direct rule in Northern Ireland

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    Northern Secretary Karen Bradley said while it should be a matter for the Stormont Assembly, if the matter was to be raised at Westminster it is the government's policy to allow a free vote on matters of conscience. "However, things in Northern Ireland can not stay in a state of limbo". In her outline of how discussions went with the British Prime Minister, Mary Lou McDonald said citizens in Northern Ireland must have the same rights as those in the rest of Britain and Ireland.
  • California school shooting plot foiled, assault rifles found

    California school shooting plot foiled, assault rifles found

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    Police have paid tribute to school security guard Marino Chavez who alerted authorities after hearing the student "say that he was going to shoot up the school sometime in the next three weeks". The school reported the teen Friday, and McDonnell says deputies found two assault rifles and 90 high-capacity magazines at his home. It was unclear if the suspect has been arrested, or who purchased or owns the weapons.
  • Venezuela begins selling oil backed cryptocurrency

    Venezuela begins selling oil backed cryptocurrency

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    It reportedly played out before a live studio audience inside the presidential palace. Today cryptocurrency is born that can compete with "Superman" - said Maduro, alluding to the USA dollar. The government will sell Petros for both fiat currencies and other cryptocurrencies, but it will not accept the bolívar - it seems that the government lost interest in its own currency.
  • Ariana Grande pulls out of tonight's BRIT Awards

    Ariana Grande pulls out of tonight's BRIT Awards

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    The 24-year-old singer was booked to perform a tribute piece - set to pay respect to the 22 people who died when a suicide bomber unleashed an explosion after her gig at the Manchester Arena last May - at the music extravaganza on Wednesday night at The O2 arena in London .
  • Trump orders new regulations on bump stocks

    Trump orders new regulations on bump stocks

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    The NRA opposes an outright ban on bump stocks but has said it would be open to restrictions on the devices . "While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system", Sanders said in a statement on Monday.
  • Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic terrorists kidnapped over 90 school girls

    Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic terrorists kidnapped over 90 school girls

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    A military source last night told Saharareporters that they could not confirm or deny if the missing girls were abducted. Fifty seven of them escaped, with 219 taken away. The army still largely controls access and infrastructure has been devastated by nine years of conflict. "I saw girls crying and wailing in three Tata vehicles and they were crying for help", said a witness from the nearby village of Gumsa who was reportedly forced to show the insurgents the way out of the area and then ...
  • Two lawyers killed in Pakistan…. Ready why

    Two lawyers killed in Pakistan…. Ready why

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    A police officer said the deceased lawyers and their suspected killer were relatives. The assailant has been arrested by the police. Senior superintendent Lahore police Mubashir Makan told reporters that three cousin lawyer's - Kashif, Nadim and Awais - had appeared in a property case before a sessions judge.
  • Florida students to march on Washington demanding more gun controls

    Florida students to march on Washington demanding more gun controls

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    In the Saturday video published to the school's website , Marjory Stoneman Douglas High principal Ty Thompson spoke directly to students of the Parkland , Fla., school. "We can prevent some seriously nasty crimes and some seriously indescribable tragedies from occurring", said Emma Gonzales, another survivor of the Florida school shooting.
  • High expectations for Minister Gigaba's Budget

    High expectations for Minister Gigaba's Budget

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    Also expect to pay more for cars, cellphones and other luxury goods which attract ad valorem excise duty, which is a tax levied on commodities as a percentage of their value. "Vulnerable households will also be compensated through an above average increase in social grants ". Gigaba said an additional amount of R57-billion has been allocated to the department of higher education and training to provide free university education, which has raised such spending to R67-billion from the ...
  • Christian Evangelist Billy Graham Dead at 99

    Christian Evangelist Billy Graham Dead at 99

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    Thank you Billy Graham . No one was more surprised than Graham himself. He took his Bible to the ends of the Earth in preaching tours he called "crusades ". Graham said he was playing golf when he was told that Kennedy had been shot. It won't open the doors to paradise. The same goes for members of the LGBT community.
  • Despair to triumph in an instant for Laura Deas

    Despair to triumph in an instant for Laura Deas

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    The aforementioned duo also kept up Britain's tradition of winning a medal in every women's skeleton event since the sport was reintroduced to the Winter Olympics in 2002. "It's Team GB's second consecutive Olympic medal on snow but a first on skis â€" Gina Hathorn finishing fourth in the women's slalom at the 1968 Games in Grenoble.
  • CPI(M) workers surrender for YC leader murder

    CPI(M) workers surrender for YC leader murder

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    The Youth Congress leader was critically injured and died after being taken to the Indira Gandhi Co-Operative Hospital at Thalassery, the police said, adding that the condition of those injured was stable. He also said that the police is thoroughly investigating the case, and that action will be taken against those found guilty without any bias. State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had already admitted that the detained persons were not the real culprits.
  • North Korean officials canceled planned meeting with Pence: Pence's office

    North Korean officials canceled planned meeting with Pence: Pence's office

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    Japan's military has witnessed a ship-to-ship transfer on the high seas that it "strongly suspects" violates United Nations sanctions on North Korea , in the third such incident reported by Japan in the past month. President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong Un have engaged in a series of personal insults. But then Pyongyang's representatives backed off, said Ayers.
  • Iran and Hezbollah Cannot Handle All-Out War

    Iran and Hezbollah Cannot Handle All-Out War

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    Elsewhere in his remarks, Rear Admiral Shamkhani referred to downing of the Israeli jet by the Syria's air defense, saying the move showed that the Axis of Resistance will be able to liberate Al-Quds one day. "Instead, we see the Assad regime continue to bomb, starve, and yes, gas civilians". On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of congressional representatives sent Tillerson a letter expressing concern that the U.S.
  • Dalit leader, MLA Jignesh Mevani detained

    Dalit leader, MLA Jignesh Mevani detained

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    Vankar reached the collector's office along with the Dalit families of Hemaben and Ramabhai on Thursday, drenched himself in kerosene and set himself on fire. "It is normal that there will be some arguments when a person is being detained by police", he added. And while hundreds of dalit protesters gathered outside the hospital to support the family which was demanding the setting up of a Special Investigation Team to probe the matter, the police deployed hundreds of personnel and detained ...
  • Two people dead after vehicle hit by train at level crossing

    Two people dead after vehicle hit by train at level crossing

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    Officers from BTP attended alongside colleagues from Sussex Police and paramedics. "This will most likely be in place for most of the day". BTP said the two people were pronounced dead at the scene and officers are "currently examining the scene to establish the circumstances which led to the auto being struck".
  • Press drivers in Trump motorcade replaced after firearm found

    Press drivers in Trump motorcade replaced after firearm found

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    The driver, who claimed that he had forgotten to leave the firearm in his personal vehicle, was set to drive one of the press pool vans, which will later join the Trump motorcade as it leaves Mar-a-Lago. Drivers of the vans are sometimes volunteers and are sometimes hired for the job. A White House staffer instead drove the press van, USA Today reported , which departed for a nearby golf club where Trump was playing.
  • Democrat picks up seat in special election for Kentucky legislature

    Democrat picks up seat in special election for Kentucky legislature

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    In 2016, Democrats lost Kentucky's 49th State House District by just one percentage point, even as Trump carried it by 49 points . Belcher was removed from office in December 2017 after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting uncovered an incident in which Johnson allegedly molested a 17-year-old girl.
  • Florida school shooting survivors plan march on Washington

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    Trump said that more must be done to "tackle" the issue of mental illness in the us, but he made no mention of the prevalence of guns or gun violence. "You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you". I grew up in Switzerland, where gun control legislation is very strict, and I can assure to you that the system is working.