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Sri Lanka resumes trains to war-battered Jaffna JAFFNA: Sri Lanka's president on Monday launched train services to the battle-scarred city of Jaffna nearly 25 years after a bloody ethnic conflict destroyed the region's entire railway network.President Mahinda Rajapakse boarded a special train from the town of Palai on the southern end of the Jaffna peninsula and travelled to the cultural capital of Sri Lanka's ethnic minority Tamils.His train stopped at three stations rebuilt as part of the reconstruction of 250-kilometres (157 miles) of track across the former war zone, both in the Jaffna peninsula and the northern mainland."The resumption of the train service shows Jaffna is fast becoming a centre of development" after decades of war, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said.The train service from Jaffna, 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the capital Colombo, came to a halt in June 1990 after the collapse of a truce between separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces.The Tigers ruled ...

Child labour can be eradicated in my lifetime, says Nobel winner NEW DELHI: Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi told AFP he believes child labour can be eradicated in his lifetime, calling for everyone in the world to "take a stand" against the practice.Satyarthi, 60, was on Friday jointly awarded the prize with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage education campaigner shot by the Taliban in 2012.The Indian activist was recognised for decades of doggedly championing children's rights in his home country and worldwide and argues that poverty ...
Powerful typhoon churns toward Okinawa with strong winds TOKYO: A large powerful typhoon moved slowly towards Japan's Okinawa island chain on Saturday, packing heavy winds that disrupted flights and knocked out power.Typhoon Vongfong, Japan's strongest storm this year, at 0500 GMT Saturday was about 150 km (94 miles) southeast of Naha City, the biggest city in Okinawa, and moving north at 15 kph (9 mph), Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.Its winds gusted up to 234 kph (146 mph). Fourteen people in Okinawa and ...
China sentences two cult members to death for McDonald's murder BEIJING: China sentenced two members of a banned religious cult to death on Saturday for the murder of a woman at a McDonald's restaurant after she refused an apparent attempt by the group to recruitment her, state media said.The 37-year-old woman was attacked in May in the eastern province of Shandong by members of Quannengshen, the Church of Almighty God, which had preached that a global apocalypse would take place in 2012.The case sparked a ...
Ten Chinese among 27 hostages freed in Cameroon - Cameroon presidency YAOUNDE: Twenty-seven hostages seized by suspected militants from Boko Haram in Cameroon this year, including 10 Chinese workers, have been released, the Cameroon presidency said on Saturday.The Chinese workers were seized in May near the town of Waza, 20 km (12 miles) from the Nigerian border.The others freed include the wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister who was seized in July, the presidency said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Suicide bomber attacks Afghan provincial police HQ, killing one KABUL: A suicide attacker wearing a police uniform attacked a provincial police headquarters in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing one officer and wounding four other people, an official said.The bombing in Helmand province is the latest by militants bent on weakening the Afghan security forces ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign troops at the end of this year.The unidentified attacker approached the police compound in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, wearing a police uniform ...
Chinese premier criticises lazy officials as corrupt BEIJING: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has once more laid down the law with government workers who are trying to kept a low profile amidst a corruption crackdown, saying that "just muddling along" is exactly the same as actually being corrupt.Li has already this year criticised officials for being "lazy and slack" in implementing Beijing's policy directives as they kept their heads down to stay out of trouble during President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-graft campaign.In remarks ...

 



 
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