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Trump in ‘tough’ NATO and EU talks

/ Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

AFP: US President Donald Trump pressed nervous allies Thursday to do more on terrorism after the Manchester bombing as he met EU and NATO leaders f...


UK police stop sharing information on Manchester attack with US after leaks

/ Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

Reuters: British police have stopped sharing information on the suicide bombing in Manchester with the United States, the BBC reported on Thursday,...


Pope ‘terrific’, Saudi ‘spectacular’: Trump waxes lyrical on foreign tour

/ Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

Brussels (Reuters): Donald Trump thinks Pope Francis is “terrific” and found his “spectacular” royal welcome in Saudi Arabi...


British police name suicide bomber, threat level raised to critical

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

  Reuters: British police on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including children, in an attack on ...


Trump seeks to slash $3.6 trillion of spending in austere budget

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

  Reuters: US President Donald Trump wants lawmakers to cut $3.6 trillion (2.7 trillion pounds) in government spending over t...


EU states approve plans to make social media firms tackle hate speech

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

  Reuters: European Union ministers approved proposals on Tuesday to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter an...


Suicide bomber kills 22, including children, at concert in Manchester

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

Reuters: At least 22 people, including some children, were killed and 59 were wounded when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed ou...


Trump calls on Israelis, Palestinians to compromise for peace

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

AFP: US President Donald Trump called on Israelis and Palestinians to make compromises that could lead to peace as he wrapped up a visit with a spe...


Brazil President Temer: ‘I won’t resign. Oust me if you want’

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

Reuters: Brazilian President Michel Temer, facing growing calls for his resignation over a corruption scandal, said he would not step down even if ...


Taiwan might become Asia’s first country to allow same-sex marriage

/ Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:00

  Reuters: Taiwan is on the verge of becoming the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. A panel of grand jus...


Trump speaks of ‘rare opportunity’ for peace as he lands in Israel

/ Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:00

US President Donald Trump (C), First Lady Melania Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2-L) and his wife Sara listen to the national a...


North Korea says missile meets all specifications, ready for mass-production

/ Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:00

  Reuters: North Korea said on Monday it had successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile, confirming reliable...


N. Korea fires missile into waters off east coast

/ Monday, 22 May 2017 01:11

Reuters: North Korea fired a ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Sunday, South Korea and Japan said, a week after it tested an inte...


Assange hails victory after Sweden drops probe, says prepared to end impasse

/ Monday, 22 May 2017 01:11

Reuters: Swedish prosecutors dropped an investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday over a rape allegation, but British police said...


Asia stocks tiptoe higher, dollar holds most gains as optimism inches back

/ Saturday, 20 May 2017 00:00

  Reuters: Asian stocks were slightly higher on Friday after a sluggish start, while the dollar held most of the gains it mad...


Seeking a new narrative, Trump embarks on trip to Middle East and Europe

/ Saturday, 20 May 2017 00:00

  Reuters: With turmoil enveloping his administration at home, President Donald Trump heads abroad on Friday for a trip the W...


China says willing to put South Korea ties back on track

/ Saturday, 20 May 2017 00:00

  Reuters: China wants to put ties with South Korea back on a “normal track”, President Xi Jinping said on Friday...


UK punters back an early exit for Trump: Bookmakers

/ Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

Reuters: British gamblers believe U.S. President Donald Trump is now more likely to leave office before the end of his first term than not, British...


Asia falls as White House turmoil hits risk sentiment, dollar bruised

/ Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

Reuters: Asian stocks fell on Thursday and the dollar was stuck near six-month lows against a basket of currencies as uncertainty mounted over US P...


Trump decries Russia probe as ‘greatest witch hunt’ in US history

/ Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

AFP: US President Donald Trump on Thursday blasted the probe into whether his team colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in his favor as t...


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Tiny commitments from a thousand homes – mind separating matter!

25 May 2017

     Some may be wondering after Meethotamulla where all the Colombo waste is going. However, I do have a feeling that most had no idea whatsoever where things were disappearing into until the pictures of Meethotamul...


Why do agricultural value chains fail? Part V: Incentives to exploit

24 May 2017

Introduction Farming is better when it is done collectively. Collaboration might happen between farmers, traders and agricultural extension officers. The collaborations can be at different strength levels, for example in some farmer commun...


Implications for democracy?

24 May 2017

A review of ‘Disposable Leaders’ by Rodney Tiffen By Laksiri Fernando ‘Your opponents sit opposite you, while your enemies sit behind.’ They stab. This is the background story related by Rodney Tiffen, in his ever...


Yahapalanaya unleashes rabid dogs

23 May 2017

BBS leader Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero   Post-war Sri Lanka saw Buddhist extremism targeting the Muslim community with the euphoria of the victory over the Liberation Tigers of ThamilEelam (LTTE). The MahindaRajap...


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