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Ex-FBI official arrested upon return to US from Sri Lanka

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Charles McGonigal, the former FBI official, was arrested at JFK Airport on Saturday when he was returning from Sri Lanka.

The New York Post reported that McGonigal was indicted by US authorities over his ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

He has quietly spent the past year working for another Russian-born billionaire Vladislav Doronin.

Aman Resorts, a five-star hotel chain owned by Doronin – a martial-arts-trained property magnate who has been branded “Russia’s answer to Donald Trump” – hired McGonigal in the spring of 2022 for a high-dollar job as director of security for Aman’s 34 locations around the world, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

Indeed, sources speculated that McGonigal was arrested at JFK Airport on Saturday when he was returning from a business trip in Sri Lanka, where Aman operates a pair of swanky hotels.

Sources said McGonigal worked for Aman out of New York City, where the company opened its first property in August on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in the former Crown building, quickly earning the reputation as the most expensive property in the Big Apple with room rates starting at $2,400 per night. 

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Fire breaks out at National Library and Documentation Services Board

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A fire has erupted near the ground floor of the National Library and Documentation Services Board of Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Accordingly, several fire trucks have been deployed to douse the flames, said the Fire Brigade.

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Passport validity period extended

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Immigration and Emigration Controller General Harsha Ilukpitiya announced that, the validity period for passports expiring has been extended.

The decision was taken to facilitate the issuance of e-passports.

He further said that, an additional one-year grace period will be granted until the e-passport is issued, for passports expiring after July 1.

E-passports are scheduled to be issued starting in November.

(dailynews.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Advisory issued on severe lightning, heavy showers

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The Meteorology Department has issued an advisory for severe lightning in five provinces today (April 14).

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-western provinces, it said.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. The general public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

The general public is further requested to avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms and to also avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors, boats etc. and to beware of fallen trees and power lines.

For emergency assistance, the public is requested to contact local disaster management authorities.


(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by adaderana.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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