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Eight Turkish soldiers killed in bomb attack

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Istanbul: At least eight Turkish soldiers were killed on Wednesday in a bomb attack in the south-eastern province of Siirt, media reports said.

The attack has been blamed on Kurdish PKK militants and comes amid a wave of violence after the failure of a two-year ceasefire, Xinhua reported.

2015-08-19_2204Meanwhile, two people were arrested after gunfire was heard outside Istanbul’s iconic Dolmabahce Palace, which houses offices of the prime minister. However, no casualties were reported.

The palace was the main administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire for many years in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The founder of modern Turkey, Mustapha Kemal Ataturk, died there in 1938.

A man suspected of belonging to the banned leftist group DHKP-C was arrested in January after attacking guards outside the palace.

(IANS)

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Sri Lankan Soldiers Join Drug Eradication Programme

Sirisena said he aims to free Sri Lanka from drugs by 2020

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Sri Lanka to convert garbage dumps into urban parks
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Hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers participated in a week-long national drug eradication programme by travelling across the country and raising awareness on the dangers of drug use, the Army said on Tuesday.

Over 1,000 soldiers took part in the programme which began on January 21, reports Xinhua news agency.

The soldiers distributed leaflets, educated students and people on the dangers of drug use and addiction.

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President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday requested members of the armed forces, police and civil security to help free the country from the clutches of drug abuse in the same manner in which they successfully defeated the Tamil Tiger terrorists in 2009.

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Sirisena said he aims to free Sri Lanka from drugs by 2020. (IANS)

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