International

As NAFTA talks begin, Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda looms large

/ Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:56

Reuters - As the United States, Canada and Mexico kick off negotiations on Wednesday to modernise the North American Free Trade Agreement, the bigg...


Dollar holds firm before Fed minutes, stocks rise

/ Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:55

Reuters: The dollar held on to big gains on Wednesday before minutes of the US Federal Reserve’s latest meeting, while European shares follow...


Australian agency believes it can locate MH370 with ‘unprecedented precision’

/ Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:54

Reuters: Australia’s main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with “unprecedented precision and certainty” that a mis...


North Korea maps out detailed plan for missile launches to sea off Guam

/ Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

SEOUL (Reuters): North Korea offered a glimpse into its plans to fire missiles near Guam in photos released by its state media on Tuesday, as leade...


Three CEOs resign from Trump council over Charlottesville

/ Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

Reuters: The chief executives of Intel Corp, Merck & Co Inc and Under Armour Inc resigned from US President Donald Trump’s American Manuf...


Modi urges India to reject violence in name of religion

/ Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged India on Tuesday to reject religious violence, after a series of attacks against minorities...


Korea tensions ease slightly as US officials play down war risks

/ Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:20

Seoul/Beijing (Reuters): Tensions on the Korean peninsula eased slightly on Monday as South Korea’s president said resolving Pyongyang’...


India says to deport all Rohingya regardless of UN registration

/ Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:17

New Delhi (Reuters): All of an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India are illegal immigrants, even those registered with the UN refugee ...


World shares, dollar rise after week of North Korea-driven losses

/ Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:01

London (Reuters): World stocks rose on Monday, recovering some of their poise after fears of a US-North Korea nuclear standoff drove them to the bi...


Uttar Pradesh suspends hospital chief after deaths of 60 children

/ Monday, 14 August 2017 00:02

Medical staff attend to a child at the Gorakhpur hospital where parents blame many deaths on oxygen shortages – AFP NEW DELHI (Reuter...


Britain says Brexit talks should move to next phase, as ministers show unity

/ Monday, 14 August 2017 00:01

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox attend Prime Minister Theresa May&...


Global stocks, dollar extend slide as US, North Korea tensions intensify

/ Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:26

Singapore (Reuters): Asian equity markets extended a global slide on Friday as tensions ramped up between the United States and North Korea, sendin...


Philippines reports first avian flu outbreak, to cull 400,000 birds

/ Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:26

Manila (Reuters): The Philippines plans to cull 400,000 chickens, quails and ducks after confirming the country’s first outbreak of bird flu,...


Trump thanks Putin for slashing US diplomatic staff and helping to reduce payroll

/ Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:25

Washington (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for slashing the number of U.S. diplomatic s...


China July exports, imports weaker than expected, cloud global outlook

/ Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Beijing (Reuters): China’s exports and imports grew much less than expected in July, raising concerns over whether global demand is starting ...


North Korea details Guam strike plan, calls Trump’s warning a ‘load of nonsense’

/ Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Seoul/Washington (Reuters): North Korea dismissed on Thursday warnings by US President Donald Trump that it would face “fire and fury” ...


Talks are only way for India, China to end standoff, Dalai Lama says

/ Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters): India and China will have to resolve their prolonged military standoff in a remote Himalayan region through talks, the Dalai L...


Zimbabwe plans $1 billion ‘Mugabe University’

/ Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:03

AFP: Cash-strapped Zimbabwe announced Wednesday that it plans to build a $1 billion university to honour Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old president a...


Hard-pedalling soft power, China helps launch $ 13 b Belt and Road rail project in Malaysia

/ Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:01

Kuantan, Malaysia (Reuters): China and Malaysia broke ground on Wednesday on a $ 13 billion rail project linking peninsular Malaysia’s east a...


Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ warning hits stocks, lifts Swiss franc and gold

/ Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:01

London (Reuters): President Donald Trump’s warning North Korea faced “fire and fury” and Pyongyang’s threat of possible ret...


Today's Columnists

Sri Lanka must move from politics to business

17 August 2017

Last week, the Yahapalana Government, which came on the promise of good governance and weeding out corruption, had its first blow, when a senior minister and deputy leader of the party had to resign over allegations of corruption. Whilst the sha...


Failures in education drag the country down

17 August 2017

When the country received independence in 1948, the administration and education was of extremely high standard. In 1956, the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike Government made Sinhala the Official Language and converted education to Swabasha, includi...


Three things to ponder on the 150th Anniversary of the World’s Finest Tea

16 August 2017

The Colombo International Tea Convention 2017 concluded on Friday, elegantly supported by our most accomplished cricketer and commended by several of the international delegates as the most significant gathering of the global tea industry. For ma...


Ravi K’s altruistic suicide!

15 August 2017

Ravi Karunanayake sacrificed his pride and position by tendering his resignation to save the Maithri-Ranil Government cabal. He could have faced and defeated the no confidence motion against him if Maithri (who owes his presidency to Ravi) and Ran...


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