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Sri Lanka waits in confusion, anger for president to resign

International Desk Sri Lankans woke up to confusion on Thursday, still waiting for their embattled president to resign after he fled the country, as the island nation fumes over an economic meltdown that has sparked political chaos. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his wife fled to the Maldives on Wednesday aboard an air force jet. He made the prime minister acting ...

Sunak tops first round of voting for new UK Tory leader

International Desk Former finance minister Rishi Sunak led the field of Conservative MPs bidding to become Britain’s next prime minister in the first ballot of Tory lawmakers Wednesday, as the race narrowed to six with the elimination of two candidates. Early frontrunner Sunak — who quit as finance minister last week, helping to trigger outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s downfall ...

Ukraine severs ties with NKorea after pro-Russia separatists recognition

International Desk Kyiv said Wednesday it was severing relations with North Korea, as Pyongyang confirmed it was formally recognising two self-proclaimed pro-Russian republics in eastern Ukraine. North Korea’s recognition of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic came after another Russian ally, Syria, made the same move last month. The Ukrainian foreign ministry in a statement denounced North ...

Bar shootout leaves 14 dead in S.Africa’s Soweto: police

International Desk Fourteen people were killed during a shootout in a bar in South Africa’s Soweto township, close to Johannesburg, police said Sunday. “We were called in the early hours of the morning, around 12:30 am (2230 GMT),” said police lieutenant Elias Mawela after the shooting overnight Saturday and Sunday. “When we arrived on the scene, 12 people were confirmed ...

President and PM: 2 men at heart of Sri Lankan crisis

International Desk As Sri Lanka’s crisis reached its climax this weekend, two men in the center of the turmoil brought about by the country’s economic collapse promised they would heed the call of tens of thousands of angry protesters and resign. One is President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the last of six members of the country’s most influential family who was still ...

Devotees offer namaz at Jama Masjid on Eid-Al-Adha in New Delhi

International Desk New Delhi: Devotees on Sunday gathered at the Jama Masjid to offer namaz on the occasion of Eid-Al-Adha. Eid al-Adha or Bakra Eid, which is being observed on July 10 this year, is a holy occasion also called the ‘festival of sacrifice’ and is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic ...

Laughter, piano at vacant Sri Lanka presidential palace

International Desk Sri Lanka’s colonial-era presidential palace has embodied state authority for more than 200 years, but on Sunday it was the island’s new symbol of “people power” after its occupant fled. Thousands of men, women and children were pouring into the imposing state mansion queuing to sit on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s chair on the upper floor while children and ...

UK’s Sunak unveils bid to be leader amid calls for Johnson to go now

International Desk Former finance minister Rishi Sunak Friday declared his candidacy to become Conservative leader and Britain’s next prime minister, days after helping to kickstart the cabinet revolt that led to Boris Johnson’s downfall. Sunak resigned his role as Chancellor of the Exchequer late Tuesday, prompting dozens of more junior colleagues to follow suit in the subsequent 36 hours and ...

Biden signs executive order aimed at safeguarding abortion rights

International Desk President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday aimed at protecting abortion rights in response to the landmark decision by the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. The President said the order will safeguard access to abortion care and contraceptives, protect patient privacy and establish an interagency task force to use “every federal tool available to protect access ...

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees as protesters storm home

International Desk Sri Lanka’s beleaguered President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled his official residence in Colombo Saturday, a top defence source told AFP, before protesters gathered to demand his resignation stormed the compound. “The president was escorted to safety,” the source said, adding that troops fired in the air to prevent angry crowds from overrunning the President’s Palace. Sirasa TV, a private ...