27 June 2017
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UK Bar launches formal inquiry into Sir Desmond’s conduct

desmond de silva 1The Bar Standards Board of the United Kingdom has decided to initiate a formal investigation into the professional conduct of Sir Desmond de Silva, Queen’s Counsel, over his role in Sri Lanka, based on a complaint by the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice.The Bar Standards Board commenced its investigation on 20 July, and will probe the top barrister’s conduct for five weeks, authoritative sources told to the media.

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Obama takes ‘biggest step’ to tackle climate change

obamaPresident Barack Obama unveiled the final version of his plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power plants, as he warned anew that climate change will threaten future generations if left unchecked.

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French police use tear gas to disperse migrants

CalaisRiot police try to stop migrants as they renew attempts to cross into Britain via Calais Eurotunnel.

French riot police have used tear gas on migrants who attempted to cross the Eurotunnel from Calais into Britain.

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Debris brings MH370 mystery 'closer' than ever to answers

MH3Plane debris that washed up on an Indian Ocean island is from a Boeing 777, Malaysian authorities said Friday, making it almost certainly the first piece of wreckage recovered from missing flight MH370.

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Victory! Animal Sacrifice Banned at Nepal's Gadhimai Festival, Half a Million Animals Saved

goat slaveIn a move that will spare the lives of millions of animals over coming years, animal sacrifice has been cancelled indefinitely at Nepal's Gadhimai festival, the world's biggest animal sacrifice event held every five years for around 265 years. The decision announced by the Gadhimai Temple Trust follows rigorous negotiations and campaigning by Animal Welfare Network Nepal and Humane Society International/India. Read the declaration.

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Libya trial: Gaddafi son sentenced to death over war crimes

gadafi sonA court in Libya has sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of deposed leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, and eight others to death over war crimes linked to the 2011 revolution.

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Abdul Kalam, former president, passes away at 84

abdulAbdul Kalam collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong at around 6.30 pm and was taken to the hospital.

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'Girl aged 10' used in bombing in Nigeria's Damaturu

map 27At least 19 people have been killed and 47 others injured when explosives carried by girl aged about 10 detonated in a crowded market in the Nigerian city of Damaturu, police have said.

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David Cameron to discuss 'common enemy' on Asia trip

david cameronThe prime minister is expected to offer Indonesia and Malaysia support in tackling Islamist extremists, during a trade mission to South East Asia.

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Lankans among those seeking Swiss asylum

swissApplications from Sri Lanka, Eritrea, Syria and Somalia seeking asylum in Switzerland had increased during the first six months of this year, Swiss media reported.

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Greek debt crisis: Banks to reopen after three-week shutdown

bank greeceGreek banks are set to reopen after three weeks of closures sparked by the deadlock over the country's debt.

Athens reached agreement with its international creditors last week, in a cash-for-reforms deal that helped Greece avoid exiting the eurozone. Read more...

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