Curfew in Sri Lankan tourist town of Kandy to be temporarily lifted

A curfew in the Sri Lankan town of Kandy will be temporarily lifted on Thursday, authorities said, following days of violence against members of the minority Muslim community by Buddhists.Sri Lanka's police officers stand guard on a main road after a clash between two communities in Digana, central district of Kandy, Sri Lanka March 7, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)Buddhist mobs have

Kushner faces uphill task to smooth Trump bust-ups with Mexico

Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner began a visit to Mexico on Wednesday to try to fix rifts over trade, drugs and immigration but many in the host country were sceptical he could repair the damaged relationship.US President Donald Trump passes his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner during a Hanukkah Reception at the White House in Washington, US, December 7,

German far-right 'terrorists' jailed for refugee attacks

Members of the so-called "Freital group" were escorted into the courtroom in Dresden before being sentenced (Photo: AFP)Eight members of a German far-right group were jailed Wednesday on terrorism and attempted murder charges for a series of explosives attacks targeting refugees and anti-fascist activists.Based in Germany's ex-communist east, the so-called "Freital group" had sought to create "a climate of fear"

Syria regime captures half of Ghouta enclave as death toll climbs

Syrian regime soldiers ride in a tank in Al-Mohammadiyeh east of Damascus on March 7, 2018 as government forces push into the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave(Photo: AFP)Syria's government has recaptured half of Eastern Ghouta, battering the shrinking rebel enclave on Wednesday with air strikes that killed dozens and defying UN calls for a halt to violence.The blistering onslaught has prompted

EU doesn't want a 'wall' with Britain: Tusk

EU President Donald Tusk said the bloc does not want to "build a wall" with Britain.(Photo: AFP)EU Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday the bloc does not want to "build a wall" with Britain due to Brexit, but offered only a limited fair trade deal after the UK leaves the European Union.Tusk unveiled tough draft EU negotiating guidelines for

Cabinet members say Canada, Mexico could escape new tariffs

Two members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet suggested Wednesday that Canada and Mexico might escape new tariffs on steel and aluminum, a potential bargaining chip in North American trade talks that heeds the ’surgical approach” advocated by House Speaker Paul Ryan.“The president indicated that if we can work something out with Canada and Mexico they will be exempted. It’s not

'We're not looking for a trade war': US Commerce Secretary

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Wednesday said the United States is not seeking a trade war and the decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was "thought through.""We're not looking for a trade war," Ross told the CNBC cable network, speaking a day after President Donald Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned in apparent protest

Saudi women take the wheel, test-driving a new freedom

Fatima Salem giggles with hesitation when it’s her turn to drive through a small parking lot lined with bright orange cones and arrows. Like millions of Saudi women, she plans on applying for a driver’s license when the kingdom lifts its ban on women driving in June. But first, she has to learn how to drive.“I’m a little nervous,” the

Putin praises Trump, says US political system eating itself

Russian President Vladimir Putin lavished praise on President Donald Trump, but added that he was sorely disappointed with the U.S. political system, saying that it has been “eating itself up.”Speaking in a series of interviews with Russian state television which were included in a documentary released Wednesday, Putin described Trump as a great communicator.“I have no disappointment at all,” Putin

DPRK official media accuses US of trying to end detente on Korean Peninsula

(Photo: Sohu)The official media of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday accused the United States of trying to reverse the detente on the Korean Peninsula after the DPRK and South Korea agreed to hold a summit late next month.The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a commentary that the United States is openly pushing ahead with

Michael Bloomberg to launch $20mn anti-tobacco watchdog

Michael Bloomberg has given more than a billion dollars since 2007 to curb global tobacco use (Photo: AFP)Philanthropist Michael Bloomberg announced on Wednesday that he will spend $20 million (16.13 million euros) to launch a watchdog to detect and expose deceptive practices by the tobacco industry.The monitor, to be called Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP), will seek to counter

Graft, deprivation sharpen Angola's malaria outbreak

A malaria-stricken patient is taken to hospital in Luanda (Photo: AFP)Heavy rains, filthy conditions, medicine shortages and endemic corruption have combined to make a lethal malarial cocktail for Angola.Since the start of the year more than 300,000 cases of the disease have been reported across the country, leading to at least a thousand deaths.The toll, say experts, is a clear

Governor says Trump administration waging war against California

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to the National Association of Attorneys General 2018 Winter Meeting in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2018.(Photo: Reuters)California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump’s administration of declaring war on the most populous U.S. state after the Justice Department sued to stop policies that protect illegal immigrants against deportation.The Democratic governor made the charge

Cohn exit adds to Wall Street trade war fears

Wall Street’s main indexes fell on Wednesday as investors worried the exit of staunch free trade supporter Gary Cohn from the White House made the imposition of hefty steel and aluminum tariffs and eruption of a global trade war more likely.The Dow fell as much as 1 percent at opening before trimming some of those losses as markets again debated

Australia, Timor-Leste sign maritime border pact

UNITED NATIONS, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Australia and Timor-Leste on Tuesday signed a historic maritime boundary treaty under the auspices of the United Nations, ending a decade-long maritime dispute and recognizing a permanent border between them.Signed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Timor-Leste Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister for the Delimitation of Borders, Hermenegildo Augusto Cabral

US student who killed parents at university appears in court via video

A 19-year-old college student charged with killing his parents on his school campus in the US state of Michigan appeared in court via video from his hospital bed on Tuesday afternoon, local media reported.The site of shooting at Central Michigan University is seen, in Mount Pleasant, U.S., March 2, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: Reuters)The suspect,

Myanmar state counselor calls for efforts for regaining top rice exporting country status

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has called on farmers and stakeholders in the country to strive for regaining the past status of top rice exporting country by turning to new agricultural methods such as organic farming, Myanmar News Agency reported Wednesday.Aung San Suu Kyi made the call at the Myanmar Rice Federation Stakeholder Forum in Nay Pyi Taw

Kremlin: 'No info' on 'tragic' ex-spy illness

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it had no information on a former Russian double agent who fell ill in Britain after exposure to an unknown substance, calling the incident "tragic"."We see that such a tragic situation happened," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. "But we don't have information about what could be the cause, what this person

Malls look for new 'anchors' in storm

The ubiquitous shopping plazas, some highly successful and others empty shells, increasingly are providing experiences beyond shopping in both the US and China. Some also have found partners in feared internet competitors Amazon and Alibaba, William Hennelly reports from New York.The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, pictured in 2013, is the United States’ largest shopping mall. The mall in

Trump's steel, aluminum tariffs open Pandora's box for global economy

The United States' proposed tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum from other countries is likely to open a Pandora's box for the global economy.Despite opposition from business groups and trade partners, President Donald Trump plans to impose a 25-percent tariff on imported steel and 10-percent on aluminum, saying that "trade wars are good and easy to win."US President

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