Thursday, 13 December 2018

Asia

Sri Lanka court denies Rajapakse authority to act as PM

COLOMBO: A court in Sri Lanka suspended Mahinda Rajapakse’s powers as prime minister and ruled his disputed cabinet could not govern the strife-torn island until it proved its legitimacy. The decision casts further legal doubt over Rajapakse’s claim to lead Sri Lanka , which has been in turmoil since his ...

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Drought drives desperate Afghans to marry off children for money

UN: Afghanistan’s worst drought in decades has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes and is pushing families to marry off their children in exchange for dowries in order to survive, the United Nations said on Tuesday. About 223,000 people have been uprooted from their homes in the ...

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Opera on Benazir Bhutto’s life to open in Pittsburgh next year

NEW YORK: A noted American company is producing an opera on the life and legacy of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan who was assassinated in 2007. Created by eminent Emirati-American composer Mohammed Fairouz, and award-winning Pakistani author Mohammed Hanif, the opera titled Bhutto will premier in ...

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British-Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie wins London Hellenic Prize

LONDON: The British-Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie has been awarded 2017’s £10,000 London Hellenic Prize , given to the best book inspired by or relating to Greece, for Home Fire. Shamsie claimed the award at a ceremony in the Great Hall of Kings College London although the winner was announced on October ...

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Lanka’s top military chief detained

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military chief was remanded by court after weeks evading arrest over the alleged cover-up of the abduction and murder of 11 young men during the island’s civil war. Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne is the highest-ranking military officer ever held by a court over alleged crimes from Sri Lanka’s ...

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World powers meet in Geneva on Afghan reforms, peace prospects

KABUL: Afghan leaders and international diplomats meet in Geneva to evaluate whether strategies and aid offered to Afghanistan are helping resolve the quagmire created by the 17-year war, paving way for the withdrawal of foreign troops. The two-day conference on Afghanistan, jointly hosted by the Afghan government and the United ...

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Blast kills 22 near China chemical factory in Zhangjiakou

BEIJING: An explosion and fire near a chemical factory left at least 22 people dead and 22 others injured on Wednesday in a northern China city that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, authorities said. The charred and smoking remains of trucks and cars were scattered on a road as ...

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