Briefly World: Sri Lanka opposition forms alliance to topple Rajapaksa govt

Sri Lanka opposition forms alliance to topple Rajapaksa govt

Colombo: Sri Lanka's opposition parties, including the country's main Tamil party TNA, Monday joined hands to form a new alliance aimed at toppling the Rajapaksa government. The leaders of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) and th TNA along with leaders of other small parties entered a memorandum of understanding Monday.

Pak SC directs authorities to identify 'ghost' schools

Islamabad: Pakistan's Supreme Court Monday directed authorities to conduct a nationwide investigation to identify "ghost" schools where teachers get paid even without taking classes and buildings are occupied by animals. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry ordered district judges to carry out the survey and submit a report by March 18.

18 killed in Russian coal mine blast: Ministry

Moscow: Russian authorities said 18 people have died in a coal mine blast in the north of the country. Vadim Kolesnikov, a duty officer at the Russian Interior Ministry, said only 10 bodies have so far been taken out of the mine in Russia's Komi region. Russian officials earlier said the blast occurred because of a build-up of methane.

Million dollar reward for alleged LAPD 'terrorist'

Los Angeles: Los Angeles announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture of an ex-cop accused of "domestic terrorism" in a murder spree that has claimed three lives. Investigators have been combing California mountains for Christopher Dorner, 33, a disgruntled former LAPD officer who threatened to murder police in an online manifesto.

French, Malian troops regain control of Gao

Gao: French and Malian government forces Monday have regained control of this strategic northern city, after Islamic fighters invaded through the city's harbour and fought a protracted battle for hours in the heart of downtown. The brazen assault came after two suicide bombers tried to attack military checkpoints on Gao's outskirts.

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