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China says world trade system not perfect, needs reform

BEIJING (Reuters) – The current world trade system is not perfect and China supports reforms to it, including to the World Trade Organization, to make it fairer and more effective, Beijing’s top diplomat said.China is locked in a bitter trade war with the United States and has vowed repeatedly to uphold the multilateral trading system and free trade, with the …

U.S., Cuba officials discuss mysterious embassy health incidents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and Cuban officials met at the State Department on Thursday to discuss the mysterious health problems that have affected more than two dozen American Embassy personnel, a situation that led to a reduction in staffing at the Havana mission and a chill in ties between the countries.“There’s a briefing taking place between some of our colleagues …

Dozens of gas blasts rock Boston suburbs, injuring at least six

ANDOVER, Mass. (Reuters) – Dozens of explosions apparently triggered by a natural gas pipeline rupture rocked three communities near Boston on Thursday, injuring at least six people and prompting the evacuation of hundreds, local officials said.Live TV images showed firefighters battling blazes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, around 25 miles (40 km)north of the Massachusetts capital. The streets were …


(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka and Indonesia decided to further strengthen friendly ties between the two countries and work unitedly to ensure free naval movement and security in the Indian Ocean. The decisions were reached during the bilateral meeting held between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, at the Melia Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam yesterday morning (12). Premier …

Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions in Philippines braced for storm

(BBC News – Thousands of people have begun evacuating from coastal areas of the Philippines as a super typhoon heads towards the country. Typhoon Mangkhut, which is currently a Category 4 hurricane, is due to make landfall on the northern tip of the main island of Luzon by Saturday. Schools and offices are being closed and farmers are racing …

China: Car rams into Hunan square killing nine

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – A man has driven a car into a busy square in southern China, killing at least nine people and injuring 43, local government officials say. The red SUV drove into Binjiang square in Hengyang city, Hunan province, at 19:40 local time (11:40 GMT). Local media say that some victims appeared to have been stabbed. The driver, who …

Sri Lankan Coconut Product Exporters meet Australian Business Associations

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Coconut Development Authority organized a well-attended Business Breakfast Meeting on 11 September 2018 in Melbourne coinciding with Sri Lanka’s participation at the Fine Food Exhibition 2018. Sri Lankan Coconut Products Exporters are attending the Fine Food Australia Exhibition 2018, currently being held in …

No foreign nationals or families settled in any part of Sri Lanka

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Press Release The attention of the Department of Government Information has been drawn to certain media reports that refer to public statements alleging that political authorities of the Northern Provincial Council have settled 250 Indian families in a village (in Nedunkerni) of that Province. The Department of Government Information wishes to state that these allegations are unfounded …

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