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President Maithripala Sirisena has returned back from New York

President Maithripala Sirisena has returned back from New York where attended the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. President arrived early this morning (30) at the Bandaranaike International Airport.  

Elon Musk to resign as chair of Tesla board, fined $20 mn: SEC

Elon Musk has reached a deal over fraud charges that will see him step down as electric automaker Tesla's chairman of the board and pay a $20 million fine, US securities regulators said Saturday. "The settlements, which are subject to court approval, will result in comprehensive corporate governance and other reforms at Tesla -- including Musk's removal as Chairman of...

UN report confronts nations with tough choices on climate

The world's nations will gather at a UN conference in South Korea on Monday to review and approve a 20-page bombshell  distilled from more than 6,000 scientific studies -- laying out narrowing options for staving off climate catastrophe. When the 195 countries who signed off on the Paris Agreement in 2015 requested a report from UN-led scientists on the feasibility...

Hong Kong’s new fight against fast fashion

Despite Hong Kong's reputation for rampant consumerism, a nascent movement against fast fashion is taking root in the city, with clothes-mending workshops and pop-up swaps growing in popularity, and designers parading recycled fabrics on the catwalk. From broken umbrellas to discarded curtains, no material is too shabby for designer Jesse Lee, who showcased his creations at a recent sustainable fashion...

History shows us Ryder Cup isn’t over, says Bjorn

European captain Thomas Bjorn called on his side to look back down the years as motivation to raise themselves for one last day despite taking a 10-6 lead over the United States in the Ryder Cup. The Americans need to equal the record for the largest-ever Ryder Cup comeback to lift the trophy and win on foreign soil for the...

Heavy falls of above 100 mm in several provinces – Meteorological Department

Due to a low level atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, prevailing showery condition is expected to enhance over the island particularly, in the North-central, Central, Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces is expected to continue during 1st to 3rd October. Showers or thundershowers will occur in the most parts of the island during evening or night, stated the Meteorological...

Macedonia votes on new name to end Greek row

Macedonians will vote Sunday on whether to re-name their country North Macedonia in a bid to settle a long-running row with Greece and unlock its path to NATO and EU membership. Macedonia has struggled for recognition of its name since its birth in 1991 when the landlocked country declared independence from Yugoslavia. Athens protested immediately, accusing Skopje of stealing the name...

Trump says he and Kim Jong Un ‘in love’

US President Donald Trump said he and North Korea's Kim Jong Un have fallen "in love" –- their bromance fuelled by "beautiful letters" he received from the leader of the nuclear-armed state. Trump on Saturday elevated his recent praise of Kim to new heights, at a West Virginia rally in support of local candidates for his Republican Party.

Topless, singing Serena sparks internet breast cancer stir

Tennis superstar Serena Williams caused an internet sensation Sunday by posing topless for a video while singing "I Touch Myself" to raise awareness for breast cancer. In the Instagram video, Williams covers her breasts with her hands while singing a version of Australian band The Divinyls' 1991 hit in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Death toll in Indonesia quake-tsunami hits 420

The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia rose to 420 Sunday, as stunned people on the stricken island of Sulawesi struggled to find food and water, looting spread and fears grew that whole towns had still not been heard from. "It feels very tense," said 35-year-old mother Risa Kusuma, comforting her feverish baby boy at an...