International

Suspected Islamic State suicide bombers kill 41, injure 239 at Istanbul airport

/ Thursday, 30 June 2016 00:00

Reuters: Forty-one people were killed and 239 others were wounded in a suicide bomb attack at Istanbul’s main international airport on Tuesda...


US first-quarter GDP revised up, Brexit risk to outlook

/ Thursday, 30 June 2016 00:00

Reuters: US economic growth slowed in the first quarter but not as sharply as previously estimated, and while there are signs of a pickup in the se...


UK’s Osborne rules himself out of race to succeed PM Cameron

/ Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

Reuters: British finance minister George Osborne ruled himself out of the running to succeed Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, c...


UK health secretary considering bid to replace Cameron as PM

/ Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

Britain’s Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrives for a cabinet meeting in Downing Street in central London, Britain 27 June – Reuters ...


Germany, France, Italy vow ‘new impulse’ for EU

/ Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), French President Francois Hollande (L) and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi attend a news conferen...


Britain can cope with EU exit turmoil, Finance Chief says

/ Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:03

British economy “as strong as it could be”: Osborne China pleads for stability after Brexit shock ...


Italy says Brexit is great opportunity for Europe

/ Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:02

Rome (Reuters): Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told parliament on Monday that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union could be a &ldq...


Partido Popular conservatives win Spain’s general elections

/ Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:01

Los Angeles/Madrid (Variety.com): With 96% of votes counted, Mariano Rajoy’s ruling Popular Party looked on track to win Spain’s 26 Jun...


‘No need to write, David,’ impatient EU tells Cameron

/ Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron attends an Armed Forces Day National Event (AFDNE) at Cleethorpes in Britain 25 June ...


Savage storm pummels eastern China, killing 98

/ Saturday, 25 June 2016 00:00

A violent storm in eastern China that packed gale-force winds and hail killed 98 people and injured hundreds as it flattened power lines, ...


Asia policymakers ready to act as Brexit vote roils markets

/ Saturday, 25 June 2016 00:00

A taxi driver holds a Union flag, as he celebrates following the result of the EU referendum, in central London, Britain 24 June – Reuters ...


North Korea leader says missile gives ability to attack US in Pacific

/ Friday, 24 June 2016 00:00

Reuters: North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said after supervising the test launch of a “medium long-range strategic ballistic missile” tha...


China brushes off doubts over support on S.China Sea, says it is growing

/ Friday, 24 June 2016 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday brushed off doubts about how many countries have offered support for its position in ...


Abe pledges to boost economy as upper house poll campaign begins

/ Friday, 24 June 2016 00:00

Reuters: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began an upper house election campaign on Wednesday with a pledge to rev-up the economy as surveys show...


Second North Korea missile flies 400 km after earlier test fails

/ Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

Reuters: North Korea launched what appeared to be a second intermediate-range Musudan missile on Wednesday that flew about 400 km (250 mil...


Clinton’s lead over Trump narrows to nine points: Reuters/Ipsos

/ Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

Reuters: Democrat Hillary Clinton’s lead over Republican rival Donald Trump has slipped by about five percentage points since mid-June, accor...


Rioting hits S.African capital after ANC names mayoral candidate

/ Thursday, 23 June 2016 00:00

 Locals walk past the remains of a burnt out bus used to barricade roads by protesters in Atteridgeville a township located to the west of Pre...


Japan military on alert for possible North Korean ballistic missile launch

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

Tokyo (Reuters): Japan’s military was on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, a government source said on Tuesday, wit...


US Senate rejects gun-control measures after Orlando shooting

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

Reuters: The U.S. Senate on Monday rejected four measures restricting gun sales after last week’s massacre in an Orlando nightclub, dealing a...


Thailand PM urges Indian businessmen to invest in his country

/ Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

Reuters: Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, last week urged the Indian businessmen community to invest in his country in an attemp...


Today's Columnists

BBS’ threat of an Aluthgama repeat

30 June 2016

The threat of repeating Aluthgama is tantamount to admission of responsibility for the pogrom of Aluthgama on 15 June in 2014     I have been accused by many in comments to my articles that I continue to ...


A closer look at the paddy value chain

30 June 2016

Except for a very few farmers in the country, the majority of paddy farmers are small-scale  operators     Introduction The popular notion about rice millers is that they exploit the paddy farmer...


“Prime Minister is after me”: Mahindananda

30 June 2016

“The Prime Minister is after me,” claims Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage. The former Sports Minister says Premier Wickremesinghe is intimidating him on a personal level following his involvement in matters with regard to the C...


Brexit success and the response of universities

29 June 2016

 W.A. Wijewardena in his Daily FT column on 27 June questions whether the UK Universities and the research sector is the biggest casualty in the aftermath of Brexit. Apart from the financial implications, if Brexit is a sign of a trend toward...


Columnists More