Fire at Musaeus College auditorium a deliberate act of arson

The Cinnamon Gardens Police informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate's Court that the Government Analyst’s report into the fire that broke out at the Musaeus College auditorium on November 4, 2016, had said it was a deliberate act of arson. So the Cinnamon Gardens Police told Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara that the Government Analyst …

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2016 Saw Highest Natural Disaster Losses in 4 Years

Last year saw the highest costs from natural disasters since 2012, with a pair of earthquakes in Japan in April accounting for the heaviest losses, a leading insurer said Wednesday. Losses from natural disasters worldwide totaled $175 billion last year, some $50 billion of which was covered by insurance, Munich Re said in an annual …

Venezuela Searches for Missing Helicopter in Amazon Jungle

Venezuelan teams are searching in the Amazon rain forest for a military helicopter that went missing with as many as 13 people on board. So communications Minister Ernesto Villegas says the Russian-built aircraft was supposed to have landed in the tiny settlement of La Esmeralda on Friday. He didn't say how many people were on board, …

Queen Elizabeth II to Miss Church Service Due to Cold

Buckingham Palace said Sunday that Queen Elizabeth II will miss the traditional Christmas morning church service as she continues to recover from a heavy cold. So the church service near her Sandringham estate in rural Norfolk, 110 miles (177 kilometers) north of London, is an important part of the royal Christmas celebration. Local residents often …

ICC Oversight Chief Calls on South Africa, Burundi to Remain

​ Senegal's minister of justice, who is also the chief of the International Criminal Court's oversight board, has called on South AfricaandBurundito abandon their decision to withdraw from the court. So president of the ICC's Assembly of States Parties, Sidiki Kaba, said Monday that a dialogue must be opened to address issues the members states …

Doubts Raised About Russia’s ‘Humanitarian Pause’ in Aleppo

  Russian and Syrian warplanes have halted strikes on the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo aday before a brief humanitarian pause is set to begin.Russia has called on rebel fighters and civilians to use the break in the bombing on Thursday to leave the rebel-controlled eastern side of the city. So but doubts have already …