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Seven on trial for fake French minister Le Drian scam

Seven alleged fraudsters are going on trial in Paris accused of impersonating a French minister to trick wealthy victims out of more than €50m (£42m). Investigators say the scam involved a fake Jean-Yves Le Drian – now French foreign minister – requesting funds by phone and Skype for a “secret …

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Cristiano Ronaldo: South Korean fans compensated after Juventus forward fails to play

A South Korean court has told a local match organiser to compensate two fans after Cristiano Ronaldo did not play in a Juventus friendly as advertised. Fans were told the Portugal forward would play at least 45 minutes against a K-League all-star team last July, but he did not come …

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Korean aid for development of SL Ocean University

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has agreed to provide funds amounting to $ 2.5 million for the development of the Ocean University of Sri Lanka. A discussion in this regard was held at the Ministry of Higher Education, technology and Innovation under the patronage of Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena. …

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Teenager Ansu Fati scored twice to give Barcelona victory over Levante and reduce the gap to La Liga leaders Real Madrid to three points.

The 17-year-old raced clear for the first goal, then fired home from an angle inside the penalty area. Levante rallied in the second half but their pressure did not pay off until stoppage time. Ruben Rochina’s half-volley from 25 yards took a deflection to wrong-foot Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. …

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Vladimir Putin pardons American-Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree pardoning an American-born Israeli woman who has been imprisoned in Russia since April on drug charges, the Kremlin said in a statement. A presidential decree ordering Naama Issachar’s release on “humanitarian principles” was effective immediately, the Kremlin said. The 26-year-old backpacker …

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President attends All Night Pirith chanting ceremony

An All Night Pirith Chanting Ceremony was held at the Independence Square to mark the 72nd National Independence Day and to invoke blessings on the citizens and the country. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa joined in listening to Pirith. The Pinkama was held under the directions of Most Venerable Agga Maha Panditha …

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AG directs to obtain warrant to arrest Sri Lankan Airlines former CEO & his wife

Attorney General has directed the CID Director to obtain a warrant for the arrest of former CEO of Sri Lankan Airlines Kapila Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayaka over financial irregularities said to have committed during the deal between Sri Lankan Airlines and Airbus SAS for the purchase of …

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