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Pressure mounts for Sri Lanka parliament recall amid ‘bloodbath’ warnings

by Amal JAYASINGHE Ousted Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday demanded parliament be allowed to choose between the two rivals to run the country’s government amid warnings that the constitutional crisis could become a “bloodbath”. With tensions already heightened by the killing of one activist, the United States added to international pressure on […]

Britain faces pre-Brexit budget battle

by Jean-Baptiste OUBRIER Britain’s finance minister will try to navigate a political minefield Monday when he unveils a budget that could be scuppered by the final terms of Brexit next year. Philip Hammond’s appearance in parliament was moved forward a month to give lawmakers a chance to consider it quickly and then focus on legislation […]

Tea and sympathy as royals talk mental health in N.Z.

Prince Harry and wife Meghan expressed their admiration for mental health workers at a beachside morning tea in New Zealand Monday, returning to an issue that has been a recurring theme on their jam-packed Pacific tour.   Sitting alongside pregnant wife Meghan at the Maranui Cafe in Wellington’s Lyall Bay, Harry was unstinting in his praise […]

Animals rescued from ‘hellish’ Albanian zoo

Albanian police on Sunday broke open cages at a private zoo and removed 11 animals including three lions and a bear being kept in “hellish” conditions, animal welfare workers said. After the owner of the zoo at Fier, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the capital Tirana, allegedly refused to cooperate, officers forcibly entered […]

Libya’s south falls prey to foreign armed groups

by Jihad Dorgham Neglected by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country’s east, Libya’s southern desert has increasingly become a hideout for foreign rebel groups that stand accused of stoking growing insecurity. “Kidnapping, theft and banditry have multiplied” in the region, said Ali Akri Molia, commander of a unit responsible for protecting oil installations in […]

Pittsburgh unites in love after synagogue massacre

by Jennie MATTHEW Thousands of people from all faiths united behind calls that love defeat hate Sunday as Pittsburgh mourned the worst anti-Semitic attack in recent US history and the city’s “darkest hour.” From an Islamic leader who announced that Muslims had raised tens of thousands of dollars to help their Jewish brethren, to Israeli […]

Group of Jewish leaders to Trump: you are part of the problem

A group of Pittsburgh Jewish leaders wrote an open letter to President Donald Trump Sunday telling him he bears responsibility for a deadly shooting at a synagogue in the US city. A mostly elderly group of 11 people were gunned down in the bloody assault on the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday morning by […]

Indonesian Lion Air passenger plane missing: official

An Indonesian Lion Air passenger plane went missing Monday shortly after taking off from the capital Jakarta, according to an aviation official, as police said they were trying to verify reports it had crashed into the sea.   The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control around 6.30 am (2330 GMT), about 13 minutes after it took […]

Gabon president hospitalised ‘due to exhaustion’

Gabonese President Ali Bongo, hospitalised in Saudi Arabia since Wednesday, was taken into medical care after suffering a bout of exhaustion during a trip to Riyadh, his office said Sunday. The 59-year-old leader was in the Saudi capital for a flagship economic forum when he fell ill, said spokesman Ike Ngouoni in a statement. “The doctors […]

Merkel on the spot after painful regional vote

by Tom BARFIELD German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a bitter political reality on Monday after the parties in her fragile coalition suffered heavy losses in a key regional election and a junior partner made threats to quit. Sunday’s blow for Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) in Hesse was the […]

‘Tropical Trump’ Bolsonaro elected Brazil president

  UPDATES WITH TRUMP CALL by Hector Velasco / with Rosa Sulleiro in Sao Paulo Former army captain Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil on Sunday, promising a fundamental change in direction for the giant Latin American country, the latest to take a turn to the far-right. Despite repulsing many with his open support […]

Turkey to unveil giant new Istanbul airport

by Gokan GUNES Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on Monday due to inaugurate Istanbul’s new international airport, which his government claims will become the world’s largest. The airport, one of a number of mega-projects under Erdogan’s rule, was initially scheduled to fully open on Monday but construction has been marred by delays and a workers’ […]

In Syria’s rebel north, Turkey deepens roots, spreads influence

by Nazeer al-Khatib “Brotherhood has no limits.” The phrase is painted in Arabic and Turkish on a wall in Azaz, the town at the heart of Turkey’s de facto protectorate in northern Syria. From Turkish-language classes for Syrian children to the state-owned Turk Telekom company erecting its first cell towers on Syrian soil, Ankara’s role […]

Bombs away as Warriors win long ball shootout over Nets

UPDATES ADDS DETAILS, QUOTES Stephen Curry set an NBA record after draining seven three pointers en route to a 35-point performance as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Brooklyn Nets 120-114 on Sunday. Curry scored 16 points in the first quarter and drained his final three pointer of the contest with 67 seconds remaining to […]

Asian markets mostly down after fresh Wall St sell-off

Asian stocks mostly fell Monday, extending last week’s rout as investors remain on edge following another hammering for Wall Street. Even a forecast-busting jump in US economic growth in the third quarter was not enough to prevent all three main indexes in New York from tanking, with the Dow and S&P 500 falling into negative […]

President suspends parliament as Sri Lanka crisis worsens

by Amal JAYASINGHE Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena suspended parliament Saturday to forestall a challenge against his surprise ouster of the prime minister, deepening a sudden swell of political turmoil in the island nation. Police cancelled all leave as tensions heightened in Colombo a day after the president’s dismissal of rival Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was […]