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UK PM May promises vote in Parliament on Brexit deal by 12 March

Views - 6 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

SHARM SHEIKH, REUTERS: British Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Sunday to bring a vote on her Brexit deal back to Parliament by 12 March, the latest delay in her attempts to win approval for a plan to ease Britain’s departure from the Europea


Higher state spending helps German economy avoid recession in 4Q

Views - 6 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters): Higher state spending helped Germany avoid a recession in the fourth quarter, data showed on Friday, as exports failed to provide impetus for a slowing economy. Detailed data released by the Federal Statistics Office confirmed the e


US has developed ‘much better’ relations with Pakistan recently: Trump

Views - 8 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Reuters: US President Donald Trump said on Friday that the United States has developed a “much better” relationship recently with Pakistan, which has long been at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan. Trump, speaking at a White


Pope promises moves against sexual abuse but victims disappointed

Views - 5 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

VATICAN CITY, REUTERS: Pope Francis, ending a landmark conference on sexual abuse of children by clergy, called on Sunday for an “all-out battle” against a crime he said should be “erased from the face of the earth”. The Pope promised that g


Myanmar’s Suu Kyi woos investors to crisis-hit Rakhine, decries ‘negative’ focus

Views - 14 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

NGAPALI BEACH, Myanmar (Reuters): Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi called for investment in the crisis-hit western state of Rakhine on Friday, saying the world had “focused narrowly on negative aspects” in the state from which some 730,000 Rohingy


India toughens Kashmir crackdown; more detained and movement curbed

Views - 3 Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

SRINAGAR (Reuters): Indian troops and police have detained more than 160 separatist leaders and activists, mainly from the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), over two successive nights of raids in disputed Kashmir and imposed new curbs on freedom


China sees ‘enormous potential’ in Saudi economy as Crown Prince visits

Views - 6 Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:10

BEIJING (Reuters): China sees ‘enormous potential’ in Saudi Arabia’s economy and wants more high-tech cooperation, the Chinese government’s top diplomat said, as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began a two-day trip to Beijing. The Saud


Saudi agrees $ 10 B China refinery deal as crown prince visits

Views - 10 Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): State-owned oil company Saudi Aramco signed a $10 billion deal to build a refining and petrochemical complex in China on Friday, as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wrapped up a two-day trip to Beijing. The Saudi delegation,


Russia on the situation in Ukraine post coup d’état of 2014

Views - 13 Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:00

Since the coup d’état of 2014 that was openly supported by the United States and several Western countries, Ukraine has been sinking deeper into political turmoil, corruption, lawlessness and rampant aggressive nationalism. Over the past five yea


Pakistan Army warns India it will respond to any attack with ‘full force’

Views - 9 Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:00

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters): Pakistan’s military is preparing to defend against any attack by India, and would respond with “full force”, the Army’s Spokesman said on Friday, amid heightened tensions between the two nuclear armed neighbour


China reports new bird flu outbreak in Yunnan province

Views - 6 Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): China reported a new H5N6 bird flu outbreak in the southwestern province of Yunnan, the agriculture ministry said on Friday. The new case, found on a poultry farm with 2,861 birds in Lijiang city in Yunnan, infected and killed 463


Oil hovers near 2019 highs amid OPEC cuts

Views - 12 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

London (Reuters): Oil prices hovered around 2019 highs on Thursday, bolstered by OPEC-led supply cuts and US sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, but were capped by slowing growth in the global economy. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures


Putin to US: I’m ready for another Cuban Missile crisis if you want one

Views - 12 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

Moscow (Reuters): President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States is foolish enough to want one and that his country currently has the edge when it comes to a first nuclear strik


Iran will not rule out possibility of military conflict with Israel

Views - 6 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters): Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif accused Israel of engaging in “adventurism” with its bombing campaigns in Syria and said he could not rule out the possibility of a military conflict between the countries. Zarif to


Saudi crown prince arrives in China

Views - 9 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

Beijing, AFP: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Beijing Thursday as the monarch aims to seal partnerships on a high-profile Asia tour following a diplomatic crisis over a journalist’s brutal murder. Mohammed is expected to meet Chi


Taiwan unveils Asia’s first draft law on same-sex marriage

Views - 11 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

TAIPEI (Reuters): Taiwan on Thursday proposed a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Asia’s first such bill, but the legislation was criticised by rights activists and conservative groups amid a heated debate over marriage equality. Voters oppos


Saudi to free 850 Indian prisoners from its jails: India government

Views - 8 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters): Saudi Arabia will release 850 Indians from its prisons after a request from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to New Delhi, India’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Sau


Saudi prince sees “useful returns” from expected $100 b investment in India

Views - 9 Thursday, 21 February 2019 00:25

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he saw investment opportunities of more than $100 billion in India over the next two years as he began his first official visit amid tensions between arch foes


India’s Modi breaks protocol to welcome Saudi’s Crown Prince

Views - 11 Thursday, 21 February 2019 00:23

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke with Government protocol to personally welcome Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to New Delhi on Tuesday. Ordinarily, the Prime Minister would not receive a foreign dignit


Pakistan inmate killed in Indian jail amid bombing tensions

Views - 8 Thursday, 21 February 2019 00:21

JAIPUR, AFP: Indian prisoners stoned to death a Pakistani inmate in a jail Wednesday amid mounting tensions over a suicide bombing that Delhi has blamed on its arch-rival neighbour, an official said. The Pakistani had been eight years into a life te


Pakistan PM urges talks on Kashmir blast, warns India against attack

Views - 13 Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

ISLAMABAD/SRINAGAR, India (Reuters): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said yesterday that Pakistan was ready to cooperate with India in its investigation of a deadly bombing in the disputed Kashmir region last week, which India blamed on Pakistan,


Indian Army commander Dhillon says Pakistan’s ISI involved in Kashmir bombing

Views - 10 Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters): India’s top military commander in the disputed Kashmir region said on Tuesday Pakistan’s main Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency was involved in an attack last week on a security convoy claimed by a Pakistan-b


Pakistan urges UN to intervene over Kashmir tension with India

Views - 8 Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Pakistan’s foreign minister appealed to the UN Secretary General on Tuesday to help ease tension with India that has escalated sharply following a suicide bomb attack in the Indian part of disputed Kashmir, that India blamed on


Maldives court orders arrest of former president over alleged corruption

Views - 8 Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

MALE (Reuters): A court in the Maldives ordered the arrest and detention on Monday of the former president, Abdulla Yameen, on suspicion of money laundering. Yameen, who drew the Indian Ocean island country closer to China during his rule, is accused


Saudi Crown Prince begins Asia tour with $ 20 b Pakistan investment pledge

Views - 7 Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday said Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth $ 20 billion during his high-profile visit to Pakistan, where tensions were flaring up with nuclear-armed rival India. Kicking o


Pakistan says Saudi crown prince orders 2,100 Pakistani prisoners released

Views - 7 Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the release of about 2,100 Pakistani prisoners from the kingdom’s jails during a high-profile visit to Islamabad, Pakistan’s information minister said on Monday. P


Sixteen US states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds

Views - 7 Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

Washington (Reuters): A coalition of 16 US states led by California sued President Donald Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building a wall along the US-Mex


UK manufacturers warn of ‘catastrophic’ no-deal Brexit

Views - 9 Wednesday, 20 February 2019 00:00

London (Reuters): Britain faces the “catastrophic prospect” of a no-deal Brexit next month due to the selfishness of some politicians and chaotic parliamentary proceedings, the head of the country’s main manufacturing association said on Tuesda


Polish PM cancels trip to Israel in wake of comments on Poles in Holocaust

Views - 8 Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:00

WARSAW (Reuters): Poland’s Prime Minister has cancelled a trip to Israel in the wake of reported remarks made by Israel’s prime minister suggesting Polish complicity during the Holocaust, an aide in his office told Polish media on Sunday. A gover


Iran’s Zarif accuses Israel,US of seeking war

Views - 6 Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:00

MUNICH (Reuters): Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday accused Israel of looking for war and warned that its actions and those of the United States were increasing the chances of a clash in the region. Addressing the Munich Security Conference, Mohamm


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Monday, 18 March 2019

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Monday, 18 March 2019

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

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The last straw in local politics today

Friday, 15 March 2019

I don’t despair easily. But a sense of desolation has overtaken me. Since it is abundantly clear that the last of the statesmen is dead and gone in Sri Lanka today. However much you may hold out hope that some knight in shining armour or street-wis


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