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Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as Sri Lanka's PM, Wickremesinghe to be reinstated

Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as Sri Lanka's PM, Wickremesinghe to be reinstated

Rajapaksa resigned after two crucial Supreme Court decisions made the embattled former strongman's efforts to cling to premiership untenable.

Dec 15, 2018, 13:39 PM IST
New York man, who assaulted Indian-origin woman, faces 15-year jail

New York man, who assaulted Indian-origin woman, faces 15-year jail

A 54-year old man has been charged with hate crime for assaulting an Indian-origin woman travelling in a subway and using homophobic slurs against her.

Dec 15, 2018, 11:38 AM IST
Fitch downgrades Pakistan rating from B to B-negative amid stable outlook

Fitch downgrades Pakistan rating from B to B-negative amid stable outlook

Inflation in the country has risen due to a significant rupee depreciation and higher energy prices, Fitch noted.

Dec 15, 2018, 11:01 AM IST
Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel capital, embassy to remain in Tel Aviv

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel capital, embassy to remain in Tel Aviv

Australia formally recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on

Dec 15, 2018, 08:04 AM IST
Donald Trump names Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff

Donald Trump names Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff

US President Donald Trump on Friday named budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting chief of staff, a week after he announced John Kelly's scheduled departure.

Dec 15, 2018, 07:36 AM IST
UK PM Theresa May remonstrates with EU as her Brexit plea is cast as humiliation

UK PM Theresa May remonstrates with EU as her Brexit plea is cast as humiliation

Brexit has been thrust into doubt with possible outcomes ranging from a potentially disorderly departure with no deal to another referendum on European Union membership.

Dec 14, 2018, 22:51 PM IST
Nigeria accuses UNICEF staff of spying for Islamist militants, suspends activities

Nigeria accuses UNICEF staff of spying for Islamist militants, suspends activities

It said UNICEF had been training people to sabotage troops` counter-insurgency efforts by uncovering the military`s alleged human rights abuses.

Dec 14, 2018, 22:43 PM IST
Sri Lanka crisis: Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign from premiership on Saturday, says son

Sri Lanka crisis: Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign from premiership on Saturday, says son

Rajapaksa was appointed as the premier on October 26 by President Maithripala Sirisena after sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe, plunging the nation into a constitutional crisis. 

Dec 14, 2018, 19:57 PM IST
Infrastructure work along border with Bangladesh, Bhutan to be expedited

Infrastructure work along border with Bangladesh, Bhutan to be expedited

The Centre has decided to expedite construction of roads and develop other infrastructure along the borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan to check illegal movement of people and smuggling of contraband

Dec 14, 2018, 19:20 PM IST
Nepal bans higher denomination Indian currency notes

Nepal bans higher denomination Indian currency notes

The Nepal government has banned the use of Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations, according to a media report.

Dec 14, 2018, 13:44 PM IST
Indian man gets 9 years in jail for sexually assaulting sleeping woman on US flight

Indian man gets 9 years in jail for sexually assaulting sleeping woman on US flight

A 34-year-old Indian man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman on a US flight early this year.

Dec 14, 2018, 13:40 PM IST
US Senate holds Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder

US Senate holds Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder

House Republican leaders declined to say whether they planned to vote on any Saudi-related legislation before Congress wraps up for the year later this month.

Dec 14, 2018, 07:31 AM IST
Turkey: Train crash in Ankara kills 9, injures 47

Turkey: Train crash in Ankara kills 9, injures 47

Rescuers worked to free people trapped under the mangled wreckage at Marsandiz train station, 8 km (5 miles) from central Ankara.

Dec 13, 2018, 21:26 PM IST
Strasbourg Christmas market attack: Death toll rises to 3, search on for gunman two days after incident

Strasbourg Christmas market attack: Death toll rises to 3, search on for gunman two days after incident

 Authorities say the 29-year-old was known to have developed radical religious views while in jail.

Dec 13, 2018, 20:10 PM IST
Sri Lanka's top court rules parliament dissolution as illegal

Sri Lanka's top court rules parliament dissolution as illegal

Sirisena had dissolved parliament on November 9 and called a general election for January 5 days after sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and naming opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa to

Dec 13, 2018, 17:58 PM IST
4-year-old gets trapped in washing machine, dies

4-year-old gets trapped in washing machine, dies

The boy was with his grandmother and uncle at their family villa in Al Rawda when he sneaked his way into the laundry room. 

Dec 13, 2018, 16:52 PM IST
Saudi Arabia likely to make biggest investment in Pakistan's history

Saudi Arabia likely to make biggest investment in Pakistan's history

Pakistan finance minister Asad Umar has said the package would be announced soon.

Dec 13, 2018, 16:14 PM IST
US likely to oppose IMF bailout to Pakistan to repay Chinese debt

US likely to oppose IMF bailout to Pakistan to repay Chinese debt

Cash-strapped Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country's economy.

Dec 13, 2018, 15:31 PM IST
4 dead, 43 injured after high-speed train crashes into overpass in Turkey

4 dead, 43 injured after high-speed train crashes into overpass in Turkey

Several persons were injured after a high-speed train crashed into an overpass in Turkish capital Ankara.

Dec 13, 2018, 10:40 AM IST
Theresa May wins crucial confidence vote in leadership of Tory MPs, says need to deliver Brexit now

Theresa May wins crucial confidence vote in leadership of Tory MPs, says need to deliver Brexit now

The vote had been triggered earlier in the day after the required 48 MPs from her Tory party filed letters of no-confidence with the influential 1922 Committee. 

Dec 13, 2018, 09:09 AM IST