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Ninth Australian lawmaker quits as citizenship crisis widens

Views - 3 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

Sydney (Reuters): A ninth Australian lawmaker quit parliament on Wednesday after discovering she was a dual national, the latest casualty in a widening constitutional crisis that has already cost the government its majority. The resignation of Skye K


Zimbabwe’s Mugabe resigns, ending four decades of rule

Views - 4 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

Harare (Reuters): Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, a week after the army and his former political allies moved to end four decades of rule by a man once feted as an independence hero who became feared as a despot. His form


‘The people have spoken,’ says Zimbabwe’s new leader

Views - 0 Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

Harare (Reuters): Zimbabwe’s new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa told a cheering crowd in Harare on Wednesday that the country was entering a new stage of democracy following Robert Mugabe’s removal as president after


Asia stocks supported by global growth optimism, dollar strong

Views - 4 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian stocks edged higher on Tuesday as investors took heart from further evidence of strength in the global economy, while the dollar hovered near a one-week high against its peers thanks to higher US yields


Mugabe told to resign ahead of impeachment proceedings

Views - 2 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

Harare (Reuters): Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe faced the start of an impeachment process on Tuesday and should heed his people’s call to resign, said Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ruling party’s candidate to replace him.


Myanmar hopes for deal with Bangladesh on Rohingya refugees: Suu Kyi

Views - 4 Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

Naypyitaw (Reuters): Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday she hopes talks with Bangladesh this week will result in a memorandum of understanding on the “safe and voluntary return” of


President Mugabe stuns Zimbabwe by defying pressure to resign

Views - 5 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

REUTERS: President Robert Mugabe stunned Zimbabwe on Sunday by making no mention of resignation in a television address


UN urges Japan to resettle more refugees after taking just 3 in first half

Views - 7 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

REUTERS: The UN refugee agency has urged Japan to resettle more asylum seekers, its chief said on Monday, pressuring the country to help solve a global crisis after giving refugee status to just three people in the first half of the year.


UK commits billions to “industries of future” to ward off Brexit shocks

Views - 5 Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday announced four billion pounds ($5.28 billion) of spending on research and development and regional growth strategies, setting out plans to help the economy grow after Brexit.


Britain to submit “Brexit bill” proposal before December EU meeting

Views - 4 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Britain will submit proposals on how to settle its divorce bill with the European Union before an EU summit next month and is expected to negotiate hard, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday.


Official photo released to mark 70th wedding anniversary of Britain’s queen

Views - 3 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

LONDON (Reuters) : Buckingham Palace issued a new photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip on Saturday to mark their upcoming 70th wedding anniversary.


Mugabe given until noon Monday to quit as President of Zimbabwe

Views - 5 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:00

HARARE (Reuters) : Zimbabwe’s ruling party fired Robert Mugabe as its leader on Sunday and gave the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to force a peaceful end to his 37 years in power after a de


Asian shares up on US tax, earnings hopes; Mueller report hits dollar

Views - 4 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian shares rose firmly on Friday as strong US earnings and a step forward in Congress on US tax reform brightened the mood, even though investors noted that many hurdles remain to passage of a deal on tax cuts.


Russia casts 10th UN veto on Syria action, blocking inquiry renewal

Views - 4 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters): Russia on Thursday cast its 10th veto of United Nations Security Council action on Syria since the war began in 2011, blocking a US-drafted resolution to renew an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapo


Cambodia under fire after dissolving main opposition party

Views - 3 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

PHNOM PENH (Reuters): Cambodia’s government faced international criticism on Friday after the main opposition party was dissolved ahead of elections and the European Union raised a potential threat to vital trade preferences.


Mafia boss and mass murderer Riina dies in jail

Views - 3 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

ROME (Reuters): Salvatore “Toto” Riina, the Sicilian Mafia’s most powerful boss of the 20th century who was convicted for ordering dozens of murders, died of natural causes early on Friday after almost a quarter of a century in jail.


Fate of Zimbabwe’s Mugabe hangs in the balance amid coup confusion

Views - 4 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

HARARE (Reuters): Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s fate hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted efforts to make him step down following a seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule. The United


Afghanistan’s opium production hits record high in 2017, UN says

Views - 6 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:15

VIENNA (Reuters): Opium production in Afghanistan reached a record high this year, rising 87 percent compared with last year, after a rapid expansion of the areas used to cultivate poppies, the United Nations said on Wednesday.


Final death toll of London tower blaze is 70: police

Views - 6 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:15

AFP: Seventy people died when a ferocious fire ripped through their London apartment block in June, British police concluded Thursday after a probe which “pushed the boundaries” of scientific investigation.


Cambodia’s main opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

Views - 4 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:15

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Thursday, giving Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party a clear run in a general election next year.


Da Vinci portrait of Christ, ‘Salvator Mundi’, sells for record $450.3 million

Views - 4 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:13

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Christ, “Salvator Mundi”, sold for a record-smashing $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie‘s, more than double the old price for any work of art at auction.


Pakistan unveils 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha, evoking diverse heritage

Views - 4 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:11

HARIPUR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan unveiled the remains of a 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha image on Wednesday, part of an initiative to encourage tourism and project religious harmony in a region roiled by Islamist militancy.


At least 15 countries join global alliance to phase out coal by 2030

Views - 5 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - At least 15 countries have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030, delegates at U.N. climate talks in Bonn said on Thursday.


Modi remains overwhelmingly popular, says Pew poll

Views - 7 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nearly nine out of 10 Indians hold a favourable opinion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than two-thirds are satisfied with the direction he is taking the country, a Pew survey has found, two


Mugabe, wife, top allies holed up in ‘Blue House’ compound?

Views - 5 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, his wife Grace and two key figures from her G40 political faction are under house arrest at Mugabe’s “Blue House


Qatar ‘thousand times better off’ without Gulf allies: Emir

Views - 5 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:39

AFP: Months into a dispute that has seen Doha cut off from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Qatar’s emir said Tuesday his country was “a thousand times better off” without them.


Rainbow celebrations as Australians vote for same-sex marriage

Views - 7 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): Australians have voted overwhelmingly for same-sex marriage, paving the way for legislation by the end of 2017 and sparking rainbow celebrations on Wednesday, with people wearing wedding dresses and sequined suits and declaring “o


Japan’s GDP grows for seven straight quarters, outlook remains solid

Views - 5 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

Tokyo (Reuters): Japan’s economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter due to strong exports, posting the longest period of uninterrupted growth in more than a decade.


Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for finance minister

Views - 5 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after the veteran politician failed to turn up for several court hearings.


Zimbabwe’s army seizes power, targets ‘criminals’ around Mugabe

Views - 4 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

Harare (Reuters): Zimbabwe’s military seized power early on Wednesday targeting “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe but gave assurances on national television that the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”.


Today's Columnists

Budget 2018: Will it help realise goals and targets of Vision 2025?

Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Budget 2018, besides being a budget for the forthcoming year, is another declaration of policies and plans of the Government in power. Goals The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) approved by the UN have been accepted as the goals of Budget 201


Constitutional reform – A reply to Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The lengthy article by Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC on constitutional reform published in the newspapers recently appears to contain several errors of fact and of law


Ranil’s reluctant tryst with truth

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Twenty years ago in 1998, Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda writing in the periodical ‘Frontline’ traced our peculiar path of progress in the 50 years of independence


Omni-Channel Synchroniser for banks and financial institutions: An vision to simplify banking

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Today, as a society we are noticing a historical shift from cash-based transactions to digitisation of financial transactions, and from the use of traditional banking channels to e-channels.


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