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Sharp rise in EU citizen departures after Brexit vote

Views - 169 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

AFP: The number of EU nationals leaving Britain rose sharply to 122,000 people in the 12 months to the end of March in the biggest increase in a decade, after the country voted to leave the European Union. The figure was 33,000 higher than the p


China tells US that Pakistan’s security concerns must be respected

Views - 176 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

Beijing (Reuters): The United States must value Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan and respect its security concerns, China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call, according to Chinese state m


Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at Trump’s Phoenix rally

Views - 208 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:58

Phoenix (Reuters): Police fired pepper spray to disperse protesters outside a rally by U.S. President Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday after being pelted with rocks and bottles, police said. Police have not given an estimate of the n


Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump a ‘Creep’ in new book

Views - 216 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:58

Los Angeles (Variety.com): Hillary Clinton says her skin crawled as Donald Trump loomed behind her during the second presidential debate. In an excerpt from her new book ‘What Happened’, the former Democratic Party nominee admits she&r


Typhoon batters Hong Kong, south China, streets flooded, flights cancelled

Views - 206 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:56

HONG KONG (Reuters): Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm, slammed into Hong Kong on Wednesday lashing the Asian financial hub with wind and rain that uprooted trees and forced most businesses to close, while in some places big waves flooded


Asia shares settle after rally, dollar squares losses on Trump comments

Views - 205 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Asian stocks steadied on Wednesday, taking a breather after the previous day’s surge, lacking the momentum to keep up with a global rally spurred by gains for tech shares on Wall Street and miners in Europe. The dollar ini


Spanish police track down, shoot dead Barcelona attacker

Views - 227 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

Subirats, Spain (Reuters): Spanish police on Monday shot dead an Islamist militant who killed 13 people with a van in Barcelona last week, ending a five-day manhunt for the perpetrator of Spain’s deadliest attack in over a decade. Police s


Muslim ‘triple talaq’ divorce law ‘unconstitutional’, rules Supreme Court

Views - 231 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters): The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a controversial Muslim instant divorce law unconstitutional, a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality. The law allows Muslim men to d


Floods, landslides kill over 800 people across South Asia

Views - 245 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

Dhaka/Guwahati, India (Reuters): Widespread floods have killed more than 800 people and displaced over a million in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, with aid workers warning of severe food shortages and water-borne diseases as rains continue to lash t


US, South Korea begin computer-simulated drills amid North Korea tensions

Views - 258 Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:19

Seoul (Reuters): South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes, amid reports that Pyongyang has generated at least $270 million since Februa


Asian shares fragile as Trump turmoil, Korea tensions weigh

Views - 246 Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:17

Tokyo (Reuters): Asian shares were fragile on Monday as investors remained unconvinced about U.S. President Donald Trump’s ability to fulfill his economic agenda, even as the departure of his controversial policy strategist raised hopes of s


Initial NAFTA talks conclude amid signs schedule could slip

Views - 226 Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:00

Washington (Reuters): The United States, Canada and Mexico wrapped up their first round of talks on Sunday to revamp the NAFTA trade pact, vowing to keep up a blistering pace of negotiations that some involved in the process said may be too fast to


India investigates after fourth big train accident in past year kills 23

Views - 275 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters): India began investigating on Sunday a train crash in which 23 people were killed, the fourth major accident over the past year on the world’s fourth biggest rail network which is grappling with chronic under-investment a


Britain will not exclude possible EU oversight of UK borders after Brexit

Views - 238 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): Britain will not rule out the possibility that the European Union may retain oversight of customs controls at UK borders after it leaves the bloc, as the country seeks ways to keep unhindered access to EU markets following Brexit


New Zealand opposition leader launches campaign for ‘brave’ tackling of inequality

Views - 236 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

Wellington (Reuters): New Zealand’s 37-year-old opposition leader, Jacinda Ardern, officially launched her election campaign on Sunday, pledging her government would be “bold”, “brave” and tackle rising inequality sho


Spanish Police shoot five suspects dead after driver kills 13 in Barcelona

Views - 299 Saturday, 19 August 2017 00:08

Barcelona (Reuters): Spain launched a sweeping anti-terrorism operation on Friday, shooting dead five would-be attackers after a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people and wounding scores. Islamic Sta


Investors flee stocks for bonds, gold as US tax cut hopes fade

Views - 256 Saturday, 19 August 2017 00:07

London (Reuters): World stocks were set for a second day of losses on Friday after an exodus of U.S. executives from presidential business councils dealt a fresh blow to hopes of tax reform, hammering Wall Street and filtering through to Asia and


Trump’s attacks could leave him friendless if impeachment comes

Views - 251 Saturday, 19 August 2017 00:05

Washington (Reuters): President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on Republican senators, an approach he may regret if he is someday impeached and the Senate has to weigh charges against him stemming from an investigation into Russian meddli


Philippines war on drugs and crime intensifies, at least 58 killed in three days

Views - 296 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

Reuters: At least 26 people died overnight in police operations in the Philippines capital Manila, authorities said on Thursday, a second night of heavy bloodshed this week in an intensification of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fierce war on d


European stocks and bond yields fall after Fed flags weak inflation

Views - 244 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

REUTERS: European stocks and bond yields fell in early trade on Thursday after the Federal Reserve expressed concern over weak US inflation, a trend which has clouded the outlook for the world’s largest economy. Some policymakers argued ag


Trump’s crisis spurs talk of White House departures

Views - 253 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

REUTERS: President Donald Trump’s turnabout on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has rocked his administration, leading to rising speculation that some top officials may be looking for a way out. A parade of business executives bro


As NAFTA talks begin, Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda looms large

Views - 296 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:56

Reuters - As the United States, Canada and Mexico kick off negotiations on Wednesday to modernise the North American Free Trade Agreement, the biggest uncertainty is whether a deal can pass President Donald Trump’s ‘America First&rsquo


Dollar holds firm before Fed minutes, stocks rise

Views - 240 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:55

Reuters: The dollar held on to big gains on Wednesday before minutes of the US Federal Reserve’s latest meeting, while European shares followed Asian stocks higher. Relative calm in the standoff between the United States and North Korea al


Australian agency believes it can locate MH370 with ‘unprecedented precision’

Views - 261 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:54

Reuters: Australia’s main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with “unprecedented precision and certainty” that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea northeast of an area scoured in a fruitless two


North Korea maps out detailed plan for missile launches to sea off Guam

Views - 266 Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

SEOUL (Reuters): North Korea offered a glimpse into its plans to fire missiles near Guam in photos released by its state media on Tuesday, as leader Kim Jong Un was briefed on the plans drawn up by the army amid heightened tensions with the United


Three CEOs resign from Trump council over Charlottesville

Views - 273 Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

Reuters: The chief executives of Intel Corp, Merck & Co Inc and Under Armour Inc resigned from US President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday, following Trump’s initially tepid response to weekend violence at


Modi urges India to reject violence in name of religion

Views - 240 Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged India on Tuesday to reject religious violence, after a series of attacks against minorities sparked debate about whether a surge of Hindu nationalism is undermining the country’s secula


Korea tensions ease slightly as US officials play down war risks

Views - 269 Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:20

Seoul/Beijing (Reuters): Tensions on the Korean peninsula eased slightly on Monday as South Korea’s president said resolving Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions must be done peacefully and key US officials played down the risk of an imminent


India says to deport all Rohingya regardless of UN registration

Views - 269 Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:17

New Delhi (Reuters): All of an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India are illegal immigrants, even those registered with the UN refugee agency, and the Government aims to deport them, a senior government official told Reuters. Junior


World shares, dollar rise after week of North Korea-driven losses

Views - 257 Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:01

London (Reuters): World stocks rose on Monday, recovering some of their poise after fears of a US-North Korea nuclear standoff drove them to the biggest weekly losses of 2017, while the dollar too rose off four-month lows it had hit against the ye


Today's Columnists

Is Sri Lanka ready for the 2025 growth agenda?

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The other day the President and Prime Minister launched the 2025 vision for Sri Lanka which was incidentally the third policy statement of the Government since coming to power in 2015. My view is that the continuous changes to policy is important and


Venerable villainy of mercenary monks

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The picture says it all. The ‘Silredi Sirakaruwan Mudaganime Aramudala’ was not demonstration of piety. It was a bold repudiation of the rule of law by a cabal of venerable villains, brazenly insisting that we Sinhala Buddhists submit to a rule b


Government has accepted jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice over Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

At the ongoing September 2017 sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, the UK has written to the President of the Council to assert that a long standing dispute it has with the Mauritius cannot be referred to the International Court of Justice becaus


Vision 2025: Part 1: Need for moving from a wish list to a concrete plan

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Unity Government released its newest economic policy statement titled V2025 – the marketing tag for the goals it has set for realisation from 2017 to 2025 – two weeks ago.


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