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Sri Lankan president appoints 4 ministers to new cabinet

Colombo, May 14 (UNI/Xinhua) Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Saturday appointed four ministers to the new cabinet after United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the South Asian country's prime minister on Thursday.

The new appointments are Dinesh Gunawardena as the minister of public administration, G.L. Peiris as the minister of foreign affairs, Prasanna Ranatunga as the minister of urban development, and Kanchana Wijesekera as the minister of power and energy, according to the President's Media Division.
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Japan to ease Covid border controls

20 May 2022 | 9:30 PM

Tokyo, May 20 (UNI/Xinhua) The Japanese government said on Friday that Japan will ease its Covid-19 border controls, doubling the cap on overseas arrivals to 20,000 people per day starting next month.

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Portugal confirms 23 cases of Monkeypox

20 May 2022 | 9:27 PM

Lisbon, May 20 (UNI/Sputnik) Portugal's Directorate General of Health has confirmed 23 cases of monkeypox, an infectious disease endemic in Africa that has recently spread to Europe and North America.

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Belgium lowers voting age in European parliament elections to 16

20 May 2022 | 9:24 PM

Brussels, May 20 (UNI/Sputnik) All Belgian nationals and EU citizens residing in the kingdom will be able to vote in the European Parliament elections from the age of 16, the Belgian Interior Ministry said on Friday.

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Finnish customs arrests 6 yachts under EU sanctions

20 May 2022 | 9:04 PM

Helsinki, May 20 (UNI/Sputnik) The Finnish customs agency said on Friday that it had impounded six yachts after evidence suggested they belonged to Russian or Belarusian citizens on the EU blacklist.

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Sri Lanka to ban holding foreign currency notes over 10,000 USD

20 May 2022 | 9:03 PM

Colombo, May 20 (UNI/Xinhua) Sri Lanka will soon implement laws banning anyone from holding foreign currency notes over 10,000 US dollars, the central bank said on Friday.

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