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EU leaders fire starting gun for top jobs race

Views - 9 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

Brussels (Reuters): German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will lock horns in Brussels on Tuesday as European Union leaders meet to begin bargaining over who will take the bloc’s top jobs for the next five years. An EU


As drought persists, Australia restricts water use in populous state

Views - 10 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales on Tuesday imposed water restrictions for the first time in a decade with dam levels at just over 50% due to a prolonged drought. The country’s east coast has suffered through t


Trump’s red carpet visit gives Japan brief reprieve on trade, pressure stays

Views - 9 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

Tokyo (Reuters): Japan rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump this week, winning Tokyo a brief respite in its trade battle with Washington, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces pressure to deliver concessions after a summer election.


Global stocks rally cut off by EU threats over Italy’s budget

Views - 9 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): European stocks, bond yields and the euro fell on Tuesday as concern about Italy’s budget overshadowed talks of a Fiat-Chrysler and Renault merger and the muted showing of nationalists in European Union parliamentary elections. Af


Qatar says invited to emergency Arab summits in Mecca by Saudi King

Views - 7 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

CAIRO (Reuters): Qatar has been invited by Saudi Arabia to attend two emergency Arab summits being convened in the Saudi city of Mecca on May 30, Qatar’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, after previously saying it had not been. Last week Qatar said


Britain’s Brexit Party triumphs in EU vote

Views - 8 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

LONDON, AFP: Nigel Farage’s anti-EU Brexit Party topped European Parliament polls in Britain, results showed Monday, putting intense pressure on the ruling Conservatives who suffered a historic rout. The populist party, founded just three months a


Thailand’s pro-army party invites opponents to join new government

Views - 5 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

BANGKOK (Reuters): Two Thai political parties have been invited to join a new government led by military junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha as Prime Minister, a pro-army party said on Monday, more than two months after a disputed election. An agr


Lukewarm recovery for Asia stocks

Views - 8 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

HONG KONG, AFP: Asian markets made a tepid recovery Monday as investors sought to shrug off a difficult week dominated by anxiety over the fractious US-China trade war. As the two economic superpowers ready for a prolonged battle, with no date set f


Beaten but not vanquished, Macron seeks to shakeup EU Parliament

Views - 7 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

PARIS, AFP: French President Emmanuel Macron tasted defeat in European elections, but not disaster, and is set to continue pushing both his pro-EU agenda and a re-alignment of parties in the EU Parliament. Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) part


Pakistan PM Khan speaks with Modi to congratulate him on election win

Views - 7 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday spoke to Narendra Modi and congratulated the Indian leader on the runaway election victory of his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), both countries said on Sunday. “Pri


Nationalists surge in EU Parliament vote, but pro-EU parties remain dominant

Views - 9 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters): Pro-European parties retained a firm grip on the EU parliament, provisional results from the bloc’s elections showed on Monday, though eurosceptic opponents saw strong gains. The far-right and nationalists in Italy, Britain, Fra


Pakistan PM warns against war in region amid Iran tensions with US, Saudi

Views - 8 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:00

ISLAMABAD (Reuters): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned against the risk of conflict in the region, following a visit to Islamabad by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif as tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated. Strains have incre


Battered Congress party closes ranks after election setback

Views - 8 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): The head of India’s main Opposition Congress party Rahul Gandhi offered to quit on Saturday after a crushing election defeat, but senior party officials rejected his offer and called instead for a major internal shake-up. Gandh


Iran will defend itself against any aggression, says foreign minister

Views - 8 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:00

BAGHDAD (Reuters): Iranian will defend itself against any military or economic aggression, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday, calling on European states to do more to preserve a nuclear agreement his country signed. Speaking in a n


Trade beef aside, Trump and Abe bond over burgers, sumo and golf

Views - 8 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:00

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters): US President Donald Trump on Sunday played golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and presented a trophy to the winner of a sumo tournament, turning to personal diplomacy for the second day of a Japan visit shadowed by t


Seven up: Contest to replace May as British prime minister gets crowded

Views - 9 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): The contest to replace Theresa May as British Prime Minister heated up on Saturday with seven candidates now throwing their hat into the ring, saying they would succeed where she failed by taking a deeply-divided Britain out of the


US charges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with espionage

Views - 12 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters): The US Justice Department unveiled 17 new criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday, saying he unlawfully published the names of classified sources and conspired with and assisted ex-Army intelligence


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi faces backlash over election drubbing

Views - 10 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Rahul Gandhi is set to face a backlash from within the main Indian opposition Congress party after it suffered a mauling for a second general election in a row from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party. The dr


Taiwan celebrates Asia’s first same-sex marriages as couples tie knot

Views - 9 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:00

TAIPEI (Reuters): Same-sex couples tied the knot in emotional scenes in Taiwan on Friday, the first legal marriages in Asia hailed by activists as a social revolution for the region. Taiwan’s parliament passed a bill last week that endorsed same-se


Global stocks climb on muted trade hopes, sterling yo-yos as PM May quits

Views - 11 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): World stocks edged higher on Friday and oil prices bounced after comments by President Donald Trump encouraged hopes of progress in US-China trade talks while British Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation briefly sent sterling


Three Indian climbers die on crowded slopes of Mount Everest

Views - 11 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:00

KATHMANDU (Reuters): Three Indian climbers, two women among them, died of exhaustion while descending the slopes of Mount Everest, Nepali officials said on Friday, taking to 15 the total of mountaineers killed or missing in this year’s climbing sea


Indian PM Modi stuns opposition with “massive” election win

Views - 178 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

New Delhi, REUTERS: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to a huge election victory on Thursday, on course to increase his majority and give his party the mandate to pursue business-friendly policies that put Hindus first and take a hard line on


Pakistan says it wants peace with India, conducts missile test

Views - 15 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

Islamabad (Reuters): Pakistan has signalled a willingness to open peace talks with India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears set to return to power in New Delhi after an election fought in the shadow of renewed confrontation between the nuclear-a


UN agency for Palestinians rejects US call to dismantle it

Views - 11 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

Gaza City, AFP: The head of the United Nations organisation for Palestinian refugees on Thursday rejected a US call to dismantle the agency, saying it cannot be blamed for stalled peace efforts. UNRWA’s commissioner general Pierre Krahenbuhl rebuf


Thai court blocks popular junta foe from entering Parliament

Views - 9 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

Bangkok, AFP: Thailand’s constitutional court on Thursday temporarily barred the leader of a popular anti-junta party from Parliament a day before it convenes, putting the brakes on his political career as it agreed to hear a case against him. The


Brexit crisis: Minister quits, piling pressure on May

Views - 10 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Prominent Brexit supporter Andrea Leadsom resigned from Prime Minister Theresa May’s government on Wednesday, piling pressure on the British leader after a new Brexit gambit backfired and fuelled calls for her to quit. So far May


May expected to announce resignation on Friday

Views - 9 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected on Friday to announce her departure from office, The Times reported, without citing a source. May will remain as prime minister while her successor is elected in a two-stage process und


British government postpones Brexit vote

Views - 10 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

London, AFP: The British government on Thursday postponed a crucial Brexit vote scheduled for the week starting June 3, following an outcry from hardline Brexiteers over concessions made by Prime Minister Theresa May. “We will update the house on t


Confident of poll win, Modi’s alliance promises to boost India’s economy

Views - 12 Thursday, 23 May 2019 00:41

NEW DELHI (Reuters): India’s ruling coalition has promised to rev up growth, double farmers’ income and boost infrastructure spending in the next five years after exit polls showed it would retain power when general election votes are counted on


May’s Brexit gambit fails as her premiership fades

Views - 11 Thursday, 23 May 2019 00:40

LONDON (Reuters): Prime Minister Theresa May’s final Brexit gambit was in tatters on Wednesday just hours after her offer of a vote on a second referendum and closer trading arrangements failed to win over either opposition lawmakers or many in her


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Whither Sri Lanka?

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

On Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019, suicide bombers from an extremist group caused carnage in six separate locations in Sri Lanka. Over 250 lives were lost and as many injured. The magnitude and co-ordination of their operation indicate several months o


Our Cricket Board simply cannot deliver – why not they all quit honourably?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

“It is necessary, therefore, for the Government to pay serious attention to the doings of Sri Lanka Cricket [board] and take immediate action to lift their game for the progress of our glorious game.” Question for Sri Lanka Cricket (board) Sri La


Yesterday Tamils, today Muslims and tomorrow who?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

From the time of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s election victory in 1956, one and only one issue had dominated political party campaigns in this country; and that was communalism. The Tamil community was the main focus of these campaigns for over 50 years


Those who go by social proof are easy prey to crafty schemers

Monday, 17 June 2019

Going after social proof Swiss writer and novelist, Rolf Dobelli, in one of the essays in his 2013 book ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’, has given a fine warning to his readers. He has warned against going by ‘social proof’ or ‘majority view


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