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CIA director Brennan orders major overhaul

March 6, 2015 at 9:45 pm

U.S. Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan, nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee 7 February 2013 Mr Brennan wants greater accountability at the CIA

CIA director John Brennan has ordered one of the largest reorganisations of the spy agency in its history.

US data breach: Prosecutors charge alleged hackers

March 6, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Hands on computer keyboard It’s alleged the men stole nearly a billion email addresses

US prosecutors have charged two Vietnamese and a Canadian for their roles in what they claim is one of the biggest data breaches in US history.

Brazil Petrobras scandal: Top politicians accused

March 6, 2015 at 9:29 pm

Rodrigo Janot. Photo: 3 March 2015 Brazil’s chief prosecutor Rodrigo Janot has put forward a list of 54 people for investigation

Islamic State crisis: Iraqi army drives IS from key town

March 6, 2015 at 9:21 pm

Members of the Iraqi security forces prepare to launch an offensive on the Islamic State-controlled al-Alam town, north of Tikrit - 6 March 2015 US-led coalition strikes helped Iraqi soldiers retake the town of al-Baghdadi

Iraqi forces have pushed Islamic State (IS) fighters out of the western town of al-Baghdadi, the US military says.

Overheard on the ladies’ coach

March 6, 2015 at 9:17 pm

By Shalu Yadav BBC Hindi

A year in London taught me that people on underground trains rarely speak but on the Delhi metro, on the coach reserved for women, the ladies unabashedly share their experiences with their friends – and occasionally with strangers. Here are some snapshots of conversations I’ve overheard, illustrated by cartoonist Priya Kuriyan.


A lost cat

It is November. There is already a slight chill in the air. Students are everywhere on the trains. One shares with friends how the woes of her tutor made her day:

“My professor lost her cat. She was so upset she cancelled the class yesterday.”

Flight MH370: Could it have been suicide?

March 6, 2015 at 9:11 pm

By Richard Westcott BBC Transport Correspondent

People write out MH370 in candles

A year after the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane with 239 on board, investigators still don’t know what happened. Could pilot suicide have been the cause?

The lavish lifestyle of India’s royalty

March 6, 2015 at 8:59 pm

By Rupa Jha BBC News, Delhi

Groom and his parents - Prince Mandhata Sinh Jadeja (centre) leads the rituals before his son Jaideep's (right) wedding

India’s royalty lost their official powers when the nation gained independence in 1947 but the modern-day maharajas are still wealthy and influential – what’s more they still know how to arrange a lavish, fairytale wedding.

Sri Lankan minister says 90 percent of state revenue used on debt repayment

March 6, 2015 at 2:25 am

Thu, Mar 5, 2015, 11:07 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that over 90% of the entire estimated income of the government is spent on repaying the annual debt installment and interests.

The Minister made this comment in response of a question raised by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

Alleged financial fraud: Probe on Basil will continue – Harsha

March 6, 2015 at 2:16 am

Rasika Somarathna and Priyanka Kurugala

The government will conduct investigations into alleged financial frauds at the former Economic Development Ministry and Minister Basil Rajapaksa who was in charge, irrespective of any decision

Sri Lankan minister to prepare report on vehicles not yet returned by former ministers

March 6, 2015 at 1:50 am

Fri, Mar 6, 2015, 12:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo:  A Sri Lankan government minister has been assigned to prepare a report on the vehicles that have not yet been returned by ministers of the former government.

Public Administration and Good Governance Minister Karu Jayasuriya has been assigned the task of preparing the report, Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.

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