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Is an energised Obama’s stock on the rise?

December 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm

By Echo Chambers Opinion and analysis from around the world

President Barack Obama smiles. Why is this man smiling?

US President Barack Obama came out of the year bruised and battered. Many say he also came out smiling, however.

Sony releases The Interview online

December 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Korea’s internet

Woman looks at Google Play purchase page for The Interview (24 December) Sony made The Interview available online on Wednesday but only in the US

Sony Pictures is distributing its film The Interview online, after a cyber-attack and a row over its release.

Islamic State did not shoot down Jordan plane, says US

December 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Relatives have pleaded for the pilot’s release, as Jim Muir reports

The Jordanian plane that crashed in Syria was not shot down by Islamic State (IS) militants, the US says.

The plane was lost in IS territory on Wednesday morning, and the pilot has been captured.

IS militants said that they shot down the plane with a heat-seeking missile. However, the US says “evidence clearly indicates” that this is not true.

National Unity Cabinet will be appointed on Jan. 11, Sirisena predicts

December 24, 2014 at 2:46 am

* Executive Presidency will abolished on January 21, replaced by  Executive of Cabinet of Ministers

* Parliament will be dissolved on April 23 and elections held  under caretaker government

* Two-year National Government will be established

* Since Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome Statute,  national independent judicial mechanisms will ensure justice

Susil: UPFA confident of winning without Bathiudeen and SLMC

December 24, 2014 at 2:40 am

December 23, 2014, 12:00 pm

By Dasun Edirisinghe

The UPFA yesterday said its support base had not shrunk due to  defections and it could win the presidential election without the All Ceylon  Makkal Congress (ACMC) or even the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC).

Pak authorities were warned of Peshawar school attack

December 24, 2014 at 1:52 am

December 23, 2014, 12:00 pm

A copy of the written warning, issued on August 28, the Khyber  Pakhtunkhwa Home Ministry stated that Taliban militants had planned to attack  Army schools and their intention was revenge.

Postal voting peaceful, barring two incidents

December 24, 2014 at 1:41 am

December 23, 2014, 12:00 pm

By Dasun Edirisinghe

Overall situation of the first day of postal voting was peaceful  but a few incidents were reported in some areas, according to local election  monitoring organisations.

The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said  that overall situation had been peaceful on the first day other than two assault  incidents at Gomarankadawala in the Trincomalee District and Labuduwa in Galle.

Weather havoc claims at least three lives

December 24, 2014 at 1:39 am

More than 80,000 evacuated

December 23, 2014, 12:00 pm

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Three people had died and more than 80,000 others had been  evacuated to safer locations due to floods and mudslides caused by heavy rains  around Sri Lanka, Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said yesterday.

DMC said that three days of heavy rains in 16 districts  including Mannar, Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Mulaitivu, Jaffna, Matale, Nuwara Eliya,  Kandy, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara, Polonnaruwa,  Anuradhapura and Badulla had left two persons injured and over 496,105 people  belonging to 136,670 families displaced.

MS challenges MR for debate

December 24, 2014 at 1:28 am

Over alleged secret pact with Ranil

December 23, 2014, 7:42 pm

* Says more such ‘concocted’ documents will be released

* Ranil complains to IGP Tissa forged his signature

MR promises new Constitution, reforms during his third term

December 24, 2014 at 1:25 am

… reiterates commitment to unitary state

December 23, 2014, 12:00 pm

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Assuring that all communities would be treated alike regardless  of ethnicity, religion or language, President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday  reiterated his commitment to Sri Lanka’s unitary status.

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