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Protest over Hambantota port deal turns violent

January 7, 2017

Several people have been injured in southern Sri Lanka during a protest against allowing China to build a port and industrial zone.The plan envisages the eviction of thousands of villagers around Hambantota port, 240km (150 miles) south-east of the capital Colombo. Police used tear gas as the [...]

ASP Liyanage appointed ambassador to Qatar

January 3, 2017

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed politician turned businessman – A.S.P. Liyanage as the ambassador to Qatar, reports say. He has been appointed as the ambassador on Dec. 31, we learn. Speaking to Reporters,Mr. Liyanage verified the report. Anura Liyanage (known as A.S.P Liyanage) [...]

Burundi Minister assassinated: Police

January 1, 2017

Nairobi (AFP) – Burundi’s environment minister was shot dead in the capital Bujumbura early Sunday, police said, the first assassination of its kind since the country was plunged into political turmoil in 2015. Emmanuel Niyonkuru, 54, the country’s water, environment and planning [...]

Celebrations as the World ushers in New Year 2017

January 1, 2017

As 2016 drew to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities. Revelers around the world have been welcoming 2017 with crackling fireworks displays and loud cheering, saying goodbye to [...]