Tuesday, May 17 2022 | Time 12:48 Hrs(IST)

Austin directs US aircraft carrier stay in Mediterranean to reassure allies

Washington, Dec 29 (UNI/Sputnik) The United States is retaining a nuclear aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean instead of sending it on to the Middle East in order to reassure allies as tensions remain high over Ukraine, a US defense official said in a statemen.
"The Secretary of Defense has directed USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) to remain in the EUCOM [European Command] area of operations instead of transiting to the CENTCOM [Central Command] area of operations as originally scheduled," the defense official said on Tuesday. "HST CSG schedule change reflects the need for a persistent presence in Europe, and is necessary to reassure our allies and partners of our commitment to collective defense."
The Truman and its escorts are now operating in the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy rather than sailing through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea to support CENTCOM, according to media reports.
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Landslide kills 4 in Afghanistan

17 May 2022 | 12:25 PM

Fayzabad, Afghanistan, May 17 (UNI/Xinhua) Four people lost their lives and two others sustained injuries as a landslide hit a village in Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan province, provincial administration official Mawlawi Mohammad Akram Akbari said on Tuesday.

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Crackdown on illegal cash transfers in SL

17 May 2022 | 12:07 PM

By Duruthu Edirimuni Chandrasekera
Colombo, May 17 (UNI) Sri Lanka's Central Bank (CB) has cracked down on illegal channels of inflow of foreign exchange into the country in an effort to shore up its forex buffers.

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Finnish Parliament refers NATO proposal to Foreign Affairs panel

17 May 2022 | 11:58 AM

Helsinki, May 17 (UNI/Sputnik) The debate on Finland's possible entry into NATO in the country's parliament lasted 14 hours, the legislature said in a statement.

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SL MP Ajith Rajapakse elected Dy Speaker

17 May 2022 | 11:50 AM


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SL MP Harsha willing to head Public Finance Committee

17 May 2022 | 11:28 AM

By Duruthu Edirimuni Chandrasekera
Colombo, May 17 (UNI) Sri Lanka Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Harsha de Silva has said that he is willing to become the Chairman of Public Finance Committee in Parliament and give leadership to prepare an “All Party Economic Revival Plan” as a Parliamentary proposal that is approved by majority.

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