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Sri Lanka ex-minister held over phone recording scandal

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a former minister on Friday (Jan 17) who allegedly recorded 100,000 phone calls, the sometimes lewd and compromising contents of which were leaked on social media. In what has become a major scandal, Ranjan Ramanayake (pic) is heard discussing court cases with judges, police, politicians and local celebrities in some of the recordings.

No draft, and definitely no draft by text message: U.S. Army warns of hoax

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Army is not drafting young Americans - and definitely not doing so by text message - military officials said following a spate of hoax messages that sparked panicked phone calls and emails to recruiters this week.

Nigerian police on heightened alert after U.S. killing of Iranian commander

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian police have been placed on a heightened state of alert after the U.S. killing of a top Iranian military commander in Iraq sparked fears of public disturbances in the West African country, the police said on Sunday.