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Colombo: Sri lanka's newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday granted full pardon to former army commander General Sarath Fonseka, convicted of corruption, an official statement said.

"Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was acquitted from all charges and given complete amnesty by President Maithripala Sirisena," the President Office said in a statement, Xinhua reported.

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Kathmandu: Over a dozen Constituent Assembly members in Nepal, including senior leaders, were injured Tuesday when opposition members attacked lawmakers of the ruling parties over issues concerning the new statute and disrupted the proceedings.

Lawmakers from the opposition parties led by Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-Maoist) vandalised the Nepal Constituent Assembly and attacked the lawmakers from the ruling coalition during the sitting Tuesday.

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Colombo: Embattled former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s country home in the southern province has been raided by police who were looking for a luxury sports car but the search drew a blank.

“They raided our house in Tangalle yesterday looking for a Lamborghini car,” said Namal Rajapaksa, the former president’s elder son and a parliamentarian.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said the search was done on a court warrant but it drew a blank.

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Dhaka: Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia announced Monday that her party will continue the blockade of the country, ending hopes of a quick solution to the two-week crisis in the country that began with her being confined to her office and which has now been lifted.

The BNP chief, who was confined to her Gulshan office for 15 days, called a press conference Monday, a day after police lifted the siege, according to a bdnews24.com report.

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Ramallah: A Palestinian official Monday said ties with Israel reached a "point of no return" after Israel decided to halt the transfer the tax revenues to the Palestinian National Authority.

"Israel is practicing a collective punishment against the Palestinian people," said chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, in a statement following his meeting with foreign diplomats in the West Bank, according to a Xinhua report.

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Washington: An eminent Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Islam has been presented with the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Award in recognition of his contribution to the legacy of the great leader through his efforts in international service and civil engagement.

The award, which carries the name of Martin Luther King Jr., an apostle of peace, is about building bridges between humanity.

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Washington: Multiple gun shots were fired near US Vice President Joe Biden's residence in the state of Delaware from a passing vehicle, the Secret Service said Sunday.

Biden and his wife were not at home at the time of shooting, which occurred at about 8:25 p.m. Saturday, according to the Secret Service, Xinhua reported.

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New Delhi: Nine days after President Maithripala Sirisena took office, Sri Lanka and India Sunday pledged to deepen their relations, with New Delhi agreeing to work "closely and extensively" with Colombo.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj conveyed India's views to her new Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera, who arrived here overnight on his first foreign trip after Sirisena came to power Jan 9.

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Manila: Pope Francis said on Sunday men should listen to women's ideas more and not be male chauvinists.

The Argentine pope made impromptu remarks during a youth rally at a co-ed Catholic university in the Philippine capital, Manila, after he noted that four of the five people who addressed him on stage were male.

"There is only a small representation of females here, too little," he said, bringing laughter from the crowd.

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Colombo/ New Delhi: Sri Lanka expelled the Colombo station chief of RAW in the run up to this month's presidential election, political and intelligence sources said, accusing him of helping the opposition oust the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman denied any expulsion and said that transfers were routine decisions. Rajapaksa, voted out of office in the Jan 8 election, told Reuters he did not know all the facts while the new government in Colombo has said it is aware of the reports but cannot confirm them.

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