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38,000 people die from tobacco, alcohol in Sri Lanka annually

About 38,000 people have been reported dead from the excessive use of alcohol and tobacco in Sri Lanka yearly, local media reports, quoting medical experts from the Sri Lanka Medical Association.
South Korean national soccer team player Son Heung-min answers a reporter's question upon his arrival after the soccer match against North Korea, at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.

South Korean football team tells of ‘rough’ match in Pyongyang

South Korea’s national football team described their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang as a “rough” match played under strange conditions that may be reported to FIFA.
A record number of 35 candidates handed in their nominations on Monday for the Nov. 16, Sri Lankan presidential election, though the contest is confined to two main parties, officials said.

Sri Lanka’s presidential election contested by record 35 candidates

A record number of 35 candidates handed in their nominations on Monday for the Nov. 16, Sri Lankan presidential election, though the contest is confined to two main parties, officials said.
Wildlife officials found three more dead wild elephants in central Sri Lanka Saturday, raising the number believed to have been poisoned by angry villagers to seven.

Three more elephants killed in Sri Lanka, bringing toll to seven

Wildlife officials found three more dead wild elephants in central Sri Lanka Saturday, raising the number believed to have been poisoned by angry villagers to seven.
China on Friday donated security equipment worth 4.2 million dollars to the Sri Lankan government on their request, following the Easter Sunday terror attacks, which killed more than 250 people on April 21.

China donates security equipment to Sri Lanka

China on Friday donated security equipment worth 4.2 million dollars to the Sri Lankan government on their request, following the Easter Sunday terror attacks, which killed more than 250 people on April 21.
Pope Francis flies out on Wednesday for a week-long tour visiting three Indian Ocean African countries hard hit by poverty, conflict and natural disaster.

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Pope Francis will visit Thailand and Japan in November in a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honour the small Catholic communities in each country.
Brazil’s Diego Matos was given a life ban from professional tennis and fined £100,600 ($125,000) after being found guilty of match-fixing on Monday.

Brazilian tennis player Diego Matos handed life ban for match-fixing

Brazil’s Diego Matos was given a life ban from professional tennis and fined £100,600 ($125,000) after being found guilty of match-fixing on Monday.

WHO: Men are more likely to commit suicide

Nearly 800,000 people commit suicide each year — more than those killed by war and homicide or breast cancer, the World Health Organization said Monday, urging action to avert the tragedies.

Sri Lanka: 62 people dead, 42,000 infected with dengue

Sixty-two people died and over 42,000 were infected by the dengue virus across Sri Lanka in the first eight months of this year, an official said.
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen arrives at the ASEM leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2018. REUTERS-Piroschka van de Wouw

Cambodia cuts public holidays to 22 days

Cambodia’s nearly full month of public holidays will be cut to 22 days next year, with International Human Rights Day, a Buddhist festival and four others set to be axed, local media reported on Wednesday.
Maithripala Sirisena

All suspects linked to Easter terror attacks arrested – Sri Lankan president

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said that all suspects involved in the Easter Sunday terror explosions have been arrested.
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US warns Africa countries not to expect debt relief

The U.S. top Africa diplomat, Tibor Nagy, warned in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday that African countries running up debt they cannot pay back, including China, should not expect to be bailed out by western-sponsored debt relief.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unexpected visit Sunday to a Colombo church bombed during the Easter suicide attacks on his first trip to neighbouring Sri Lanka since his election triumph.

India’s premier makes unscheduled stop at bombed Sri Lanka church

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unexpected visit Sunday to a Colombo church bombed during the Easter suicide attacks on his first trip to neighbouring Sri Lanka since his election triumph.
Maithripala Sirisena

Easter bombings: Sri Lanka president sacks intelligence chief

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has sacked the national intelligence chief and will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, officials said Saturday.
Azath Salley

Easter bombing: Monk’s fast forces two governors to resign in Sri Lanka

A hunger-fast by a Buddhist monk and Member of Parliament in Sri Lanka has forced the resignation of two governors.
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VP Osinbajo: Nigerians shouldn’t pay bribe for drivers licenses, passports, others

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says there is no reason why any Nigerian should give bribe to law enforcement agents whether for obtaining drivers licenses, passports or to clear goods at the ports.
Muslim men in front of a mosque in Kiniyama, Sri Lanka, after a mob attacked it. Dinuka Liyanawatte-Reuters

Sri Lanka vows to go tough on anti-Muslim rioters

The Sri Lankan Police has vowed to use maximum force against violent protesters who have continued to attack mosques and the Muslims in the country.

Rotimi Amaechi: Nigeria didn’t mortgage property for China loan

Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi said on Monday that the Nigerian government did not mortgage any property to secure infrastructural loans from China.

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