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Ukraine announces first delivery of M270 rocket systems

International Desk Ukraine said Friday it had received its first delivery of a sophisticated rocket-launcher system, adding to a growing arsenal of Western-supplied long-range artillery Kyiv says is changing dynamics on the battlefield. “The first MLRS M270 have arrived,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov wrote on social media, without mentioning what country had dispatched them. “They will be good company ...

Ousted leader says he did ‘utmost’ for bankrupt Sri Lanka

International Desk Sri Lanka’s ousted president did his “utmost” to avoid an economic catastrophe but the coronavirus pandemic derailed his efforts, he said in his resignation letter read out to parliament today. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s brief note, sent from the safety of a safe haven in Singapore, blamed Covid-19 for the financial meltdown that triggered months of protests, culminating in his ...

Saudi Arabia: Biden raised Khashoggi murder with crown prince

International Desk US President Joe Biden says he raised the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, reports BBC. Mr Biden is in Saudi Arabia to rebuild relations, having previously promised to make the country a “pariah” over its human rights record. He said he had made it clear the killing in ...

Biden says Palestinians need ‘political horizon’ towards peace

International Desk Palestinians require a political path towards peace with Israel, even if a two-state solution to the conflict appears far off, US President Joe Biden said Friday as he met Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. Biden, making his visit to the Palestinian territories as president, also reaffirmed a “full” US effort towards accountability over the killing of Palestinian-American Al Jazeera ...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi testifies in election fraud trial

International Desk Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi denied the accusations in an election fraud charge against her when she testified for the first time on the case Friday at the prison court in the capital Naypyitaw, a legal official said. The army seized power from Suu Kyi’s elected government in February last year, claiming massive voting fraud in ...

Biden to meet Palestinian leaders ahead of Saudi visit

International Desk US President Joe Biden will meet Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the occupied West Bank Friday, with talks expected to focus on economic measures but without striking any major diplomatic breakthrough. Bethlehem marks the latest stop on Biden’s Middle East tour, following meetings with Israeli officials and ahead of a visit to Saudi Arabia. With Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations ...

Sri Lankan speaker says president’s resignation accepted

International Desk The resignation of Sri Lanka’s president has been accepted, the crisis-hit country’s parliamentary speaker announced Friday, after he fled the country earlier this week and notified him from Singapore that he was stepping down. The formal declaration makes Gotabaya Rajapaksa — once known as ‘The Terminator’ for his ruthless crushing of Tamil rebels — the first Sri Lankan ...

Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lanka’s acting president: office

International Desk Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in Friday as acting president, his office said, replacing Gotabaya Rajapaksa who fled to Singapore following months of protest against him. Wickremesinghe, 73, took his oath of office before chief justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Wickremesinghe’s office said in a brief statement.

Sri Lankan speaker says president’s resignation accepted

International Desk The resignation of Sri Lanka’s president has been accepted, the crisis-hit country’s parliamentary speaker announced Friday, after he fled the country earlier this week and notified him from Singapore that he was stepping down. The formal declaration makes Gotabaya Rajapaksa — once known as ‘The Terminator’ for his ruthless crushing of Tamil rebels — the first Sri Lankan ...

Private jet arrives in Maldives to transport Gotabaya Rajapaksa to Singapore

International Desk A private jet has landed in the Maldives capital Male a short while ago and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is all set to depart the island country for Singapore, the Daily Mirror learns. Rajapaksa, his wife Ioma Rajapaksa and two security officials were to board a Singapore Airlines flight last night from Male to Singapore but did ...