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Lanka parliament sacks new PM, leaving power vacuum

Lanka parliament sacks new PM, leaving power vacuum

Sri Lanka’s parliament yesterday voted out the bitterly disputed government of former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, removing one controversial figure but leaving the country in a power vacuum.

Defiant Italy sets stage for budget showdown with EU

Defiant Italy sets stage for budget showdown with EU

Italy yesterday re-submitted its draft 2019 budget to the European Commission with the same growth and deficit assumptions as a draft rejected for breaking European Union rules, stepping up its showdown with the EU over its fiscal policy.

Wolves at the door, Alpine shepherd can’t imagine any other life

Wolves at the door, Alpine shepherd can’t imagine any other life

He sleeps fully dressed, dreading a midnight wolf attack on the flock of sheep penned in close by his hut, high up in the French Alps.

Centre-right PM candidate fails to win Sweden House support

Centre-right PM candidate fails to win Sweden House support

Sweden’s parliament yesterday rejected centre-right Moderates party leader Ulf Kristersson as new prime minister in a vote, leaving no end in sight to the political deadlock that has gripped the country since a September election.

After aborted mission, Nasa astronaut confident about December launch

After aborted mission, Nasa astronaut confident about December launch

The American astronaut who will hitch the first ride on a Russian rocket since last month’s aborted launch and dramatic emergency landing is confident that her scheduled trip in December on a rocket that she calls a “workhorse” will go smoothly.

Prince Charles turns 70

Prince Charles turns 70

Prince Charles, who has been heir to the throne for more than six decades, celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday with a tea party and a banquet in Buckingham Palace.

Child kidnap attempts probed

Child kidnap attempts probed

Police in Greater Manchester are investigating two incidents of suspected attempted child abduction involving a white transit van with multiple people inside.

Premier hails Brexit deal but ministers remain doubtful

Premier hails Brexit deal but ministers remain doubtful

Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday put forward her draft European Union divorce plan but faced immediate opposition from some of her own members of parliament and political allies as well as other parties over what one called a “botched deal”.

Coup-plagued Fiji goes to polls

Coup-plagued Fiji goes to polls

Fiji’s second election since a 2006 military takeover — pitting one coup leader against another — passed off peacefully yesterday, although heavy rain dampened voter turnout in the Pacific island nation.

Lanka parliament sacks new PM, leaving power vacuum

Lanka parliament sacks new PM, leaving power vacuum

Sri Lanka’s parliament yesterday voted out the bitterly disputed government of former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, removing one controversial figure but leaving the country in a power vacuum.

Bangladesh police break up opposition protest

Bangladesh police break up opposition protest

Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at opposition party supporters in the capital Dhaka yesterday as tension soared weeks before a general election.

McConnell retains top job in Senate, Congress picks leaders

McConnell retains top job in Senate, Congress picks leaders

Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer were yesterday re-elected to the top jobs in the US Senate, as expected, with lawmakers still fresh from last week’s elections and choosing their party chieftains ahead of the start of a new Congress in January.

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