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Sri Lankan president's brother dies after axe attack COLOMBO: The youngest brother of Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena died in hospital Saturday after being attacked by a man wielding an axe two days earlier, police said.Priyantha Sirisena, a father of three, suffered severe head injuries in his hometown of Polonnaruwa, 215 kilometres (134 miles) north-east of the capital Colombo, police said.The local businessman's death came as the President was in China on a state visit.Police said they arrested a man in connection with the attack and an investigation was underway. The government in a statement said he was "attacked during an altercation with a friend" on Thursday evening. Police had initially given the victim's age as 40, but the government statement said he was 42.Official sources said Priyantha Sirisena was the youngest in a family of 12 children.The president's brother was flown to the capital for emergency treatment, but his head injuries were so severe that, despite surgery, ...


Germanwings crash co-pilot hid illness from airline DUESSELDORF: The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, hid a serious illness from the airline, prosecutors said Friday amid reports he was severely depressed.The black box voice recorder indicates that Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and deliberately flew Flight 4U 9525 into a mountainside, French officials say, in what appears to have been a case of suicide and mass killing.French ...

Brazilian police arrest another executive in Petrobras probe SAO PAULO: Brazilian police on Friday arrested the CEO of Grupo Galvo, the latest executive arrested in a corruption probe focused on state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA. Dario Galvo, chief executive of the construction group, and Guilherme Esteves, who is being investigated for funneling bribe money, were taken to federal police headquarters in the southern city of Curitiba, according to a court spokeswoman. Trials are underway there in what has become Brazil's biggest-ever corruption ...

UN chief will discuss Yemen crisis with Arab leaders SHARM EL-SHEIKH: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told al-Arabiya television on Friday he would discuss the crisis in Yemen with Arab leaders attending a March 28-29 summit in Egypt. "I will discuss the Yemen crisis with Arab leaders in Sharm El-Sheikh including (Saudi Arabia's) King Salman," he said through an Arabic translator.Copyright Reuters, 2015

US welcomes Israel release of Palestinian tax revenue WASHINGTON: The United States welcomed Israel's decision on Friday to release frozen tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority, three months after freezing the payments to protest unilateral Palestinian moves towards statehood."We certainly hope both sides would be able to build on this," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said. "We think it's an important step." Rathke told reporters at a briefing the move will benefit the Palestinian people and said that having a functioning Palestinian Authority ...

Mexico unveils national strategy ahead of Paris climate talks WASHINGTON: Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan the United Nations ahead of a key climate summit in Paris in December. Mexico's Foreign and Environment Ministries presented the national climate submission in Mexico City, unveiling a strategy to begin reducing emissions by 2026, leading to a 22 percent reduction in greenhouse gases below business-as-usual levels by ...

Britain's Kate makes last royal visit before birth LONDON: Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate visited a charity in London on Friday on what media said would be her last public engagement before she gives birth.The Duchess of Cambridge, who is around eight months pregnant, is already mother to one-year-old Prince George, the third in line to the throne."We asked her when it's due and she said April. End of April," said Paul Reardon, 50, who chatted to the royal couple when ...


 



 
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