No snap election, no referendum to end political crisis in Lanka: President’s aide

COLOMBO, November 9: President Maithripala Sirisena has decided that there will be no snap elections or a national referendum to end the current political and constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, according to his close aide. “No, no there won’t be…

Attacker among 13 dead in shooting at southern California bar

Thousand Oaks (California), November 8: At least 12 people, including a police officer, were killed after a gunman forced his way into a popular bar in the US state of California and opened fire on people there. Confirming the deaths,…

North Korea asked US to cancel top-level talks: Report

SEOUL, November 8: North Korea asked the United States to delay planned high-level talks in New York this week, Seoul’s top diplomat said on Thursday, a day after Washington abruptly announced the meeting’s postponement. The US State Department said Wednesday…

China-Pakistan economic corridor criticized in European Parliament

BRUSSELS (BELGIUM), November 8: The Members of European Parliament and scholars have strongly criticised the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) while discussing the interrelated legal, geo-strategic, economic and environmental impacts at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday. They…

14 million people ‘on brink of famine’ in Yemen: NGOs

Paris, November 8: Thirty-five Yemeni and international NGOs called on Wednesday for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in Yemen, where they warned 14 million people were now “on the brink of famine”. The joint appeal was signed by the International…

UN recorded 64 new allegations of sexual exploitation or abuse in past three months

United Nations, November 6: The UN has received 64 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, involving 77 victims, between July and September across its various offices, agencies, and partner organisations implementing its programmes, its spokesperson said. Of those 64…

Over 200 mass graves of thousands of Islamic State victims found in Iraq

Baghdad, November 6: More than 200 mass graves have been uncovered in Iraq in areas formerly controlled by Islamic State militants, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The graves contain the remains of thousands of people, believed to be the…

China grants Trump family 18 trademarks in 2 months

Beijing, November 6: China has given companies linked to US President Donald Trump and his daughter 18 new trademarks in the last two months, raising concerns about conflicts of interest in the White House on the eve of national elections.…

Saudi Arabia grilled at UN rights review session over Jamal Khashoggi killing

United Nations, November 6: Saudi Arabia expressed “regret and pain” over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and asserted its commitment to achieving the “highest possible standards” in human rights in the country as it was grilled by countries at…

India, 7 countries get waivers as US sanctions against Iran take effect

Moscow (Russia), November 5: The United States reintroduced sanctions against Iranian oil on Monday while giving some of Washington’s closest allies exemptions that allow Tehran’s biggest customers, mostly in Asia, to keep buying crude for now. Washington has restored measures…