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Typhoon Mangkhut delayed SriLankan Airlines flight to Canton

SriLankan Airlines has issued an urgent statement that the SriLankan Airlines’ flight UL880 from Colombo to Canton on 16th September will be delayed. This was in regard with the temporary shutdown of the Canton Airport in China due to the approaching Typhoon Mangkhut. Reportedly, the flight will be delayed by 11 hours.  

4 fatalities reported in Vavuniya train collision

The incident had taken place at around 10.30 am this morning (September 16). 4 fatalities and two injuries were reported when a train plying from Jaffna to Matara had collided in Pandikkeidakuram, Vavuniya

US to impose tariffs on $200 bn in Chinese goods: reports

US President Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports and could make the announcement in the coming days, US media reported. Citing anonymous sources, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported that the tariffs would be set at 10 percent. Trump has already imposed 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent...

Typhoon Mangkhut barrels towards China as Philippines toll rises

Typhoon Mangkhut hurtled towards Hong Kong on Sunday, lashing its coastline and sending skyscrapers swaying, after killing dozens in the Philippines and ripping a swathe of destruction through its agricultural heartland. The massive storm, considered the world's biggest this year, has already left large expanses of the Philippines' Luzon island underwater as its fierce winds ripped trees from the ground...

Alvarez downs Golovkin with majority decision win

Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez ended Gennady Golovkin's unbeaten reign as unified middleweight champion here Saturday, battling to victory by majority decision in a pulsating rematch. Alvarez showed skill and durability to outlast Golovkin in another attritional contest between the two evenly-matched rivals at the T-Mobile Arena, one year after they had fought to a controversial draw at the same venue. Alvarez...

Victoria Beckham debuts at home to celebrate decade in fashion

Untested in the fashion world, Victoria Beckham launched her VB label in 2008 in New York, across the Atlantic from her native Britain. A decade on, she will exhibit at London Fashion Week for the first time on Sunday, in a triumphant homecoming of sorts for a now widely-respected designer and entrepreneur. The ex-Spice Girls singer oversees an empire comprising four...

Uzbeks attend first electronic music fest by ravaged Aral Sea

Beats pumped and strobe lights beamed across the desert in ex-Soviet Uzbekistan into the early hours of Saturday as festival-goers danced beside rusting boats beached miles from the shrinking Aral Sea. The event, called Stihia or Element in Russian, was the first electronic music festival ever held in the Central Asian state, which has recently moved to open up to...

Turkish Police arrest protesters at new Istanbul airport site

Turkish police on Saturday arrested at least 20 people as they broke up a protest against work-related deaths and poor conditions at the construction site of Istanbul's third airport, touted to be the world's largest airport when completed. The security forces moved in to break up the protest by dozens of people following a wave of arrests on Friday.  

‘Mariachi’ gunmen kill five in Mexico City tourist plaza

Gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire in Mexico City's famed Plaza Garibaldi, killing five people and wounding eight others including a foreigner, law enforcement officials said on Saturday. The five assailants opened fire with rifles and handguns shortly before 10:00 pm Friday (0300 GMT Saturday) as the downtown plaza was filled with partiers enjoying the September 16 Independence Day...

Digital assistants hone skills to deliver the news

"What's the news?" has become a familiar refrain for consumers with smart speakers, opening up a new channel for publishers but also raising concerns about the growing influence of tech platforms in media. Devices such as Amazon's Alexa-powered speakers, Google Home and Apple HomePod are increasingly delivering news flashes and summaries, and giving users the option to get more in-depth...