President Sirisena to reconvene parliament on November 5, says new PM Rajapaksa

Colombo, November 1: Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena will reconvene parliament on November 5, newly appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday, as international pressure builds to resolve a political crisis. Sirisena named the pro-China Rajapaksa as prime minister…

Protests after Pak Christian woman’s blasphemy death sentence overturned

ISLAMABAD, October 31: Pakistan’s Supreme Court today overturned the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother facing execution for blasphemy, in a landmark case which has incited deadly violence and reached as far as the Vatican. “The appeal is allowed.…

Lodi Gyari, Dalai Lama’s voice in China and US, dies of Cancer

WASHINGTON, October 31: Lodi Gyari, the Dalai Lama’s right-hand diplomat who helped build the Tibetan leader’s clout in Washington but came away empty from years of talks with China, has died, colleagues said. He was 69. The International Campaign for…

Pakistan misusing forum for narrow political gains: India at UNGA

United Nations, October 31: India has slammed Pakistan for raising the Kashmir issue at a UN General Assembly session, saying it has become Islamabad’s habit to misuse any forum for “narrow political gains” and asserting that the right to self-determination…

US president Donald Trump may end birthright citizenship for US-born babies of immigrants

Washington, October 30: President Donald Trump wants to order the end of the constitutional right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born in the United States. Trump made the comments to “Axios on HBO” ahead of midterm…

Bangladesh court doubles jail term for former prime minister Zia

Dhaka, October 30: In a stunning decision, a Bangladeshi court on Tuesday doubled former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s jail term from five to 10 years in a corruption case. The decision came a day after she was sentenced to seven…

German nurse serial killer on trial over 100 deaths

OLDENBURG (GERMANY), October 30: Former nurse Niels Hoegel, accused of killing more than 100 patients in his care, went on trial Tuesday in the biggest serial killing case in Germany’s post-war history. Hoegel, 41, has already spent nearly a decade…

Maldives court suspends jail term for ex-President Nasheed

MALE, October 30: The Maldives Supreme Court has suspended a 13-year jail sentence given to the country’s exiled former president until it reviews his conviction as requested by the prosecutor general. The Supreme Court ordered on Tuesday that the government,…

Trump unable to attend India’s Republic Day parade due to scheduling constraints: WH

Washington, October 30: US President Donald Trump is unable to participate as Chief Guest of India’s Republic Day celebrations next year due to scheduling constraints, the White House has said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited President Trump for a…

Germany’s Angela Merkel says she will step down as chancellor in 2021

BERLIN, October 29: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would not seek re-election as party chairwoman and that her fourth term as chancellor would be her last, heralding the end of a 13-year era in which she has…