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Sri Lankan political crisis its internal affairs, says China

Sri Lanka had plunged into political crisis since President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinge and appointed pro-China former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as his successor.

Merkel says will step down as German chancellor at end of term

Angela Merkel said Monday she would step down as German chancellor at the end of her term in 2021.

Lion Air plane crash: Indonesia says survivors unlikely; human remains recovered from mishap area

A Lion Air plane crashed into the sea just minutes after taking off from Indonesia's capital on Monday, likely killing all 189 people on board, in a blow to the country's aviation safety record after

Mahinda Rajapaksa assumes charge as new Sri Lankan Prime Minister

Former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday assumed charge as Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister after the surprise sacking of his predecessor Ranil Wickremesinghe by President Maithripala Sirisena which pl

Indonesia plane crash: Lion Air CEO Edward Sirait says aircraft had technical problem in previous flight

An Indonesian Lion Air plane that crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta on Monday had a technical problem on a previous flight, but it had been resolved according to procedure, th

Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia sentenced to seven years in jail in graft case

Bangladesh's ailing former prime minister Khaleda Zia suffered a major setback on Monday when a court here jailed her to seven years in a second corruption case for embezzling millions from a charitab

Lion Air plane crash: Indonesia says crashed flight with 189 aboard feared sunk

An aircraft with 189 people on board is believed to have sunk after crashing into the sea off Indonesia's island of Java on Monday, soon after takeoff from the capital, headed for a key tin-mining reg

Indonesia plane crash: Lion Air says crashed aircraft with 189 aboard was airworthy

A plane with 189 aboard that crashed on Monday north of Indonesia's island of Java was airworthy, and had only been operated by Lion Air Group since August, the company said.

Indonesia plane crash: Lion Air flight with 188 on board crashes into sea after take off from Jakarta

Indonesia's disaster agency chief Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has tweeted the images of the crash. The image shows the debris and personal belongings of the passengers floating in the sea. He also shared a v

Pittsburgh attack: UN chief Antonio Guterres calls for ‘united front’ against anti-Semitism after US synagogue mass-shooting

UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed shock over a deadly mass-shooting inside a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh and called for a "united front" against racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia an

Death toll rises to 19 in Chinese coal mine accident

Six more Chinese workers trapped in a coal mine in east China's Shandong Province have died, taking the death toll from the accident to 19, officials said on Monday.

US calls on Sri Lanka president to immediately reconvene parliament

Maithripala Sirisena on Friday sacked Wickremesinghe and appointed former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister, triggering political chaos in the Indian Ocean island nation.

Donald Trump slams media for creating hatred

US President Donald Trump on Sunday blamed the "fake and dishonest" reporting by the media for creating an atmosphere of hatred in the country and not his administration or the Republican party.

Indonesia’s Lion Air with 188 people crashes in Java Sea, wreckage found

Indonesia's search and rescue agency said on Monday that a Lion Air passenger flight from Jakarta, the capital, to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra, had crashed into the sea.

Brazil’s President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro pledges unity, austerity, growth

Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro pledged on Sunday to unify Latin America’s largest nation, downsize the government, and shift foreign policy toward advanced countries.

As violence rises, Donald Trump allies reject linking words, action

Allies of President Donald Trump rejected any link between harsh political rhetoric and a rise in violence in the US.

Brazil on course to usher in new era of hard-right politics

So far, voters appear willing to give Bolsonaro the benefit of the doubt despite a history of skeptical statements about the virtues of Brazilian democracy during seven terms as a lawmaker.

Will Joe Biden run? We’ll know in a few months: Albert R. Hunt

Biden was planning to run last time before his son Beau, the attorney general of Delaware and a political superstar, tragically died of brain cancer in 2015.

Donald Trump’s tapped smartphone mirrors his foreign policy: Hal Brands

Chinese have been eavesdropping on President Donald Trump’s less-than-secure phone calls and using the information gathered as part of an elaborate plot to influence the president.

Turkey Strikes US-Backed Kurds After Erdogan’s `Final Warning’

Turkey fired on U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militants in northern Syria on Sunday, moving ahead with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s vow to rout them from his country’s southern border.

Mahinda Rajapaksa calls for snap parliamentary polls in his inaugural statement as new Lanka PM

Sri Lanka's newly-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday called for a snap parliamentary election to allow people vote for a new programme to overcome the island nation's economic and po

US shooting: 11 worshippers massacred at Pittsburgh synagogue; suspect charged with 29 counts

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said that 11 people, including three women, were killed and six others injured including four policemen. He added that there were no children among f

Ranil Wickremesinghe’s arrogance led to his sacking: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena

In his first address to the nation after the dramatic move to sack Wickremesinghe on Friday night, Sirisena said Wickremsinghe's political conduct since the victory in 2015 was unbecoming.

UK to Spend More on Military, Roads

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is set to announce extra funding for the U.K.’s military and new investment in Britain’s roads at Monday’s budget, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Shifting Toward China, Island Nation’s Political Crisis Deepens

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena unexpectedly dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday and appointed former strong-man president Mahinda Rajapaksa as his replacement.

All You Need to Know About Brazil Vote: Balance of Power Extra

The clear front-runner in today’s presidential vote is Jair Bolsonaro, the former army captain with a penchant for slurs against minorities and women and attacks on the trustworthiness of democracy

Dean Heller’s strategy bets it all on riding Trump’s coattails

Senator Dean Heller used to be “99 percent against” Donald Trump, but now he’s 100 percent for him. And the Nevada Republican’s candidacy is perhaps the most important test of the president’

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