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Sirisena demands repealing of 19th Amendment

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday called for repealing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which has curtailed the presidential powers, blaming it for the political instability in the country.  The 19A was the main election pledge of Sirisena when he challenged former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Opposition’s common candidate in 2015. Rajapaksa in 2010 had moved …

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Huawei asks India to take ‘informed and independent decision’ on 5G trials

Beijing: Huawei has urged India to make an “informed and independent decision” on permitting its 5G trials in the country as the Chinese telecom giant reeled under pressure following the US ban. The US has banned Huawei, the world’s leader in telecom equipment and the number two smartphone producer, over concerns of security and Washington has been pressuring other countries …

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Ethiopian army chief, regional president killed in unrest

Addis Ababa: Ethiopia’s army chief and the president of a key region have been shot dead in a wave of violence highlighting the political instability in the country as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tries to push through reforms.  The latest unrest in the Horn of Africa nation flared on Saturday afternoon in Amhara, one of nine autonomous regions, when a …

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North Korea leader receives ‘excellent’ letter from Trump

Seoul: President Donald Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un an “excellent” letter, the North’s state-run news agency reported Sunday, quoting Kim as saying he would “seriously contemplate it.” The White House declined to confirm that Trump had sent a letter to Kim. It comes as nuclear talks between the US and North Korea broke down after the failed …

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Seven dead in Cambodia building collapse

AFP Phnom Penh At least seven people died Saturday when an under-construction building owned by a Chinese company collapsed at a Cambodian beach resort, officials said, as rescuers scoured the giant rubble heap for survivors. The building went down before sunrise in the casino-resort town Sihanoukville in southwestern Cambodia, a rapidly developing tourist hotspot awash with Chinese investments. Four people …

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Three killed in shootout in Mexico

IANS Mexico A police officer and two suspects were killed in a shootout in the Mexico’s Tlajomulco, an official has said. The confrontation began on Friday after the police on a routine patrol spotted “suspicious-looking people” around a residence used as a safe house by organized crime, the Jalisco state Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solis told the media at the …

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Pak accuses India of ‘politicising’ deliberations at FATF meeting

PTI Islamabad Pakistan Saturday accused India of “politicising” the deliberations for its “narrow and partisan” objectives at the FATF meeting in Florida where the global terror financing watchdog decided to keep Islamabad on its ‘grey’ list for failing to curb funnelling of funds to terror groups. The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which concluded its week-long meeting in Florida …

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Sri Lanka extends emergency in surprise move

AFP Colombo A state of emergency was extended by Sri Lanka’s President Saturday, going back on pledges to relax the tough laws introduced after the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people. Maithripala Sirisena said in a decree he believed there was a “public emergency” in the country, and was invoking provisions of the public security act extending the state …

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EU counts on negotiations, political solution

UNI Moscow The European Union is concerned over the worsening situation in the Persian Gulf and expects a political solution to the crisis to be formed, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, a day after Iran downed a US surveillance drone over its territorial waters. “Naturally, we are worried about the situation and we’re counting on diplomatic negotiations and …

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Trump says he is in ‘no hurry’ for Iran strikes

AFP & AP Washington/Dubai US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he is in “no hurry” to bomb Iran, revealing that US forces were “cocked and loaded” to retaliate after the downing of a US spy drone but that he called them back in order to avoid mass casualties. “I am in no hurry,” Trump said in a series …

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