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Pope compares Church sexual abuse, corruption to excrement, victims say

Views - 3 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:27

DUBLIN (Reuters): Pope Francis vowed on Saturday to end the sexual exploitation of children by the clergy during a highly charged visit to once deeply Catholic Ireland and, according to victims, said the corruption and cover-up of abuse amounted to h


Japanese PM Abe seen headed for extended term despite flat ratings

Views - 3 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:26

TOKYO (Reuters): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Sunday his candidacy for a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership election that he is expected to win despite flat ratings and low expectations for his economic policies.


John McCain, ex-POW and ‘maverick Republican’, dies at 81

Views - 2 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:09

WASHINGTON (Reuters): US Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008 as a self-styled maverick Republican, and a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, died on Saturday, his Office said.


Zimbabwe President takes oath amid US censure over vote

Views - 2 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:08

HARARE (Reuters): Emmerson Mnangagwa took the oath as Zimbabwe’s president in front of a stadium crowd on Sunday after a divisive election, as US observers of that vote questioned the country’s democratic credentials.


Canada’s Conservatives face split ahead of 2019 election

Views - 2 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

OTTAWA (Reuters): Canada’s opposition Conservatives face a potential split a year ahead of national elections after a prominent former cabinet minister quit the party on Thursday to form his own right-leaning faction, focused on limited immigration


Asia slips after US-China trade talks end without progress

Views - 4 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian stocks fell on Friday after US-China trade talks ended without progress and market focus shifted to a speech by the Federal Reserve chairman for fresh clues on the direction of US monetary policy.


South Korean court raises ex-president Park’s jail term to 25 years

Views - 2 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

SEOUL (Reuters): A South Korean appeals court sentenced former President Park Geun-hye to 25 years in jail on Friday in a case arising from a far-reaching corruption scandal that toppled her from power in 2017. Park became South Korea’s first d


Ousted PM becomes the latest casualty of Australia’s vicious politics

Views - 3 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

SYDNEY (Reuters): Almost three years since seizing power in a late-night coup, Malcolm Turnbull stood down on Friday after the wave of popularity that lifted him to power evaporated. The 63-year-old former tech entrepreneur, merchant banker and lawye


Indonesian graft buster probes acid attack on himself as police draw blank

Views - 2 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

JAKARTA (Reuters): A top Indonesian anti-corruption investigator plans to release the findings of his own probe into an acid attack that partially blinded him last year, after a failure by police up to now to solve the case.


Asian shares fall on Trump woes, US-China tariffs kick in

Views - 5 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): Asian shares slipped on Thursday amid speculation US President Donald Trump’s political position


UN warns of ‘lost generation’ of Rohingya children

Views - 2 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

GENEVA (Reuters): The United Nations warned on Thursday of what it described as a lost generation of Muslim Rohingya children


Islamic State chief, in rare speech, urges followers to fight on

Views - 2 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

CAIRO (Reuters): Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in his first purported speech in nearly a year, has called


Australian PM refuses to cede power, offers possible second leadership ballot

Views - 7 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

CANBERRA (Reuters): Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stubbornly clung to power on Thursday as senior ministers


Trump, White House deny wrongdoing after Cohen plea deal

Views - 3 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): The White House pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against suggestions that a plea


Arun Jaitley to resume charge as Finance Minister

Views - 2 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India Minister Arun Jaitley will resume charge of the Finance and Corporate Affairs Ministry on Thursday after


Trump demands Fed help on economy, complains about interest rate rises

Views - 2 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): US President Donald Trump said on Monday he was “not thrilled” with the Federal Reserve under his own appointee, Chairman Jerome Powell, for raising interest rates and said the U.S. central bank should do more to help him to


The art of a US-China trade deal

Views - 5 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

By Steve Brice At the start of 2018, we came up with the investment theme ‘Turning up the Heat’. Our outlook was based on two key views: 1) the global economy was reflating after years of sub-par growth and 2) equity markets would likely ‘melt


US, China to resume trade talks in Washington amid low expectations

Views - 3 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): US and Chinese officials are set to resume contentious trade talks on Wednesday under the cloud of a prediction by US President Donald Trump that there would be no real progress. The discussions among mid-level officials could s


Global trade war to hold back modest euro zone growth: Reuters poll

Views - 4 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

BENGALURU (Reuters): The euro zone economy will muddle through this year and the next with steady but modest growth in a slowdown from 2017, according to economists in a Reuters poll, which shows a majority expecting a brewing US-led trade war to hol


China Defence Minister meets Modi as ties warm further

Views - 2 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe praised relations with India, describing them during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a friendship dating back to ancient times, as relations between the two countries warm further.


Kremlin asks if US wants better ties before meeting with Trump adviser

Views - 2 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

MOSCOW (Reuters): The Kremlin said on Wednesday that it needed to understand if there was political will in Washington to cooperate with Russia as it prepared for a meeting between US National Security Adviser John Bolton and his Russian counterpart


NZ’s Minister for Women gives birth to baby boy after cycling to hospital

Views - 4 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Wellington (Reuters): New Zealand’s Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced on Wednesday that she had delivered her first child, a baby boy, after cycling to hospital and becoming the country’s second member of the Government, after Prime


Party rebels press Australian PM for second leadership vote

Views - 2 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Canberra (Reuters): Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull clung to power on Wednesday as rebel Liberal party lawmakers pressed for a second leadership contest just a day after he narrowly survived a challenge from former home minister Peter Dutt


Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says relations with military “not that bad”

Views - 2 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Singapore (Reuters): Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday her relationship with the military - which held her under house arrest for nearly 15 years - was “not that bad” and that the generals in her cabinet were “rather sw


Iran threatens to hit US, Israel after Trump aide warns of ‘maximum pressure’

Views - 1 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

London/Jerusalem (Reuters): Iran warned on Wednesday it would hit US and Israeli targets if it were attacked by the United States, after President Donald Trump’s security adviser said Washington would exert maximum pressure on Tehran going beyond e


Talks with India the way forward, says Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister

Views - 5 Wednesday, 22 August 2018 00:00

Islamabad (Reuters): Dialogue is the only way forward for ties between Pakistan and India, the Foreign Minister in Islamabad


Venezuela cuts five zeros from currency as economic plan sows confusion

Views - 2 Wednesday, 22 August 2018 00:00

Caracas/Valencia, Venezuela (Reuters): Venezuela on Monday slashed five zeros from prices as part of a broad economic


Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says terrorism in Rakhine State a threat to region

Views - 1 Wednesday, 22 August 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Terrorism remains a threat in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and could have “grave consequences”


Mahathir says China will sympathise with Malaysia’s problems

Views - 6 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday he believed China would sympathise with his country’s “internal fiscal problems” as he seeks to renegotiate, or possibly cancel, more than $20 billion in Chinese-funded


Oil dips on concerns of slowing economic growth

Views - 5 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Oil prices dipped on Monday as concerns over slowing economic growth weighed on markets. International Brent crude oil futures were at $71.78 per barrel at 0019 GMT, down 5 cents from their last close. US West Texas Intermediate


Today's Columnists

Maximum Residue Level: Dilemma of agricultural product exporters in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Due to increased emphasis on consumer health, majority of developed countries such as EU, Japan and the US insist on MRL testing of food items which has to be done by the exporter. The Codex Alimentarius Commission which is an inter-governmental bod


East Container Terminal blunder: Learn from Chinese

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Minister for Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe informed the press in August that Cabinet has approved the development of East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo Port by the Ports Authority. According to approval: nPorts Authority would develop


President Sirisena, playing with fire, must take note that smoke will get into his eyes

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Penchant for playing with fire President Gamaralalage Sirisena has always had a penchant for playing with fire. He did fire-play at the local government elections when he made a disastrous U-turn and went round country blasting the party and its lea


Response to claims that Sri Lanka was in a ‘debt trap’ in 2014 due to ‘Chinese loans’

Monday, 17 September 2018

Several Western analysts have carried out a relentless media campaign in keeping with their own geopolitical agenda, to suggest that China was luring Sri Lanka into a carefully engineered debt trap.


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