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Last Updated = Sun, May 24, 2015, 12:22 pm SL Time

* US Senate blocks bill to end NSA phone data collection

May 23 (BBC) The US Senate has blocked a bill that would have ended the bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA). It also failed to authorise a temporary extension of the current legislation. Senators are to meet again on 31 May - a day before the bill is due to expire.
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* Myanmar rescues two migrant boats at Bangladesh border

May 23 (BBC) Myanmar has rescued two migrant boats holding more than 200 people in its waters near the border with Bangladesh. It was Myanmar's first such rescue. It has faced strong criticism for not doing enough to aid those stranded at sea and stem the migrant crisis.
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* Jayalalitha: sworn in a chief minister of Tamil Nadu

May 23 (BBC) Jayaram Jayalalitha has been sworn in as the chief minister of the Indian state Tamil Nadu, less than a fortnight after being cleared of corruption. The politician, who has served as chief minister four times before, was cheered by supporters as she travelled to the swearing-in ceremony in the state capital Chennai (Madras).
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