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‘Terminator’ storms to poll victory in Sri Lanka

Publication date 17 November 2019 | 23:31 | ICT

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who spearheaded the brutal crushing of the Tamil Tigers a decade ago, stormed to power on Sunday, but promised to be a president for all Sri Lanka’s races and religions after a divisive election.



  • China targets one of region’s most notorious drug cartels

    Publication date 17 November 2019 | 20:19 | ICT

    Chinese drug officials are working with Mekong countries to strike at the heart of a massive meth syndicate, a senior Beijing drugs tsar said, as the region targets top-level drug traffickers instead of street dealers.

  • Pressure building after new claims in Trump inquiry

    Publication date 15 November 2019 | 01:02 | ICT

    Two top US diplomats delivered gripping testimony on Wednesday about President Donald Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival Joe Biden, as the impeachment inquiry into the president shifted into a new

  • Climate change poses a ‘lifelong’ child health risk, says a coalition’s report

    Publication date 14 November 2019 | 22:19 | ICT

    Climate change will damage the health of an entire generation unless there are immediate cuts to fossil fuel emissions, from a rise in deadly infectious diseases to surging malnutrition, experts warned on Thursday.

  • Ceasefire takes effect after rise in Israel-Gaza violence

    Publication date 14 November 2019 | 22:17 | ICT

    A Gaza Strip ceasefire came into effect early on Thursday, an Egyptian source and a senior Islamic Jihad official told AFP, following a spike in violence and bloodshed in the Palestinian enclave.

  • Bolivia clashes as interim leader aims to end turmoil

    Publication date 14 November 2019 | 22:10 | ICT

    Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Anez moved on Wednesday to fill the power vacuum left by the resignation of Evo Morales, who said he was ready to return from exile in Mexico to “pacify” the country, as riot police clashed with h

  • Suu Kyi named in Rohingya lawsuit

    Publication date 14 November 2019 | 22:09 | ICT

    Aung San Suu Kyi is among several top Myanmar officials named in a case filed in Argentina for crimes against Rohingya Muslims on Wednesday, the first time the Nobel Laureate has been legally targeted over the crisis.

  • Australian bushfires renew anger over climate change

    Publication date 14 November 2019 | 22:08 | ICT

    Unprecedented bushfires in eastern Australia have turbocharged demands that the country’s conservative government do more to tackle climate change, and have rekindled an ideological fight over the science behind the blazes.

  • Indonesia dropping rice over health concerns

    Publication date 14 November 2019 | 22:07 | ICT

    Indonesia is trying to reverse a decades-old policy by convincing citizens to reduce their consumption of rice, but officials acknowledged bringing it down to average global levels could take decades.

  • ‘Lone wolf’ radical killed in blast, attack ‘in line’ with IS

    Publication date 14 November 2019 | 22:06 | ICT

    A 24-year-old “lone wolf” suicide bomber died and six people were injured when he blew himself up at an Indonesian police headquarters in Medan, North Sumatra, on Wednesday.

  • EU’s Tusk: Brexit will make UK ‘second-rate player’

    Publication date 14 November 2019 | 22:04 | ICT

    Britain will be a “second-rate player” after Brexit, unable to compete with big powers like the US, China and the EU, outgoing EU Council president Donald Tusk warned on Wednesday.