Day: May 18, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Buddhists mark sombre Vesak after Easter Sunday attacks

COLOMBO – Buddhist Sri Lankans marked the festival of Vesak in low key celebrations on Saturday amid heightened religious tensions in the Indian Ocean nation following the deadly Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 250 people. Vesak, a festival that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of […]


Lawbreakers to lawmakers? The ‘criminal candidates’ standing in India’s election

NEW DELHI – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has one unwanted lead in this month’s general election race – according to data from an electoral watchdog it is fielding the most candidates among the major parties who are facing criminal charges. Its main rival, Congress, is just a […]

Conservatives keep power in ‘miracle’ Australia election victory

Australia’s ruling conservative coalition defied expectations to retain power in national elections Saturday, prompting Prime Minister Scott Morrison to declare: “I have always believed in miracles!” “How good is Australia!”, shouted a jubilant Morrison, who came to office just nine months ago in a party coup against his […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger assaulted during event in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was assaulted during a public appearance in South Africa on Saturday, but the 71-year-old appeared to quickly recover and say “I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.” Video shows the former California governor standing and filming children at a sporting event in […]

US: Iran military could misidentify airliners amid tension

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf risk being targeted by “miscalculation or misidentification” from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., American diplomats warned Saturday, even as both Washington and Tehran say they don’t seek war. […]

Mamata writes to EC hours before the final phase of polling

Kolkata, May 18: Hours before the final phase of Lok Sabha polling, Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister wrote to the Election Commission Saturday in to ensure “peaceful and impartial” elections in the state without the interference of the BJP. The EC should ensure that Sunday’s polling […]

Oppn leaders step up coalition talks, TDP chief Naidu meets Rahul, others

New Delhi/Lucknow, May 18: TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu held a flurry of meetings with opposition leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, BSP’s Mayawati and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, in an apparent bid to rally support for a non-BJP government at the Centre. Naidu, who arrived in the national […]

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