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Curfew in Sri Lanka resorts after Buddhist mob violence ALUTGAMA: Sri Lankan police extended a curfew in a popular tourist region Monday after at least 80 people were injured and dozens of Muslim-owned shops and homes torched when a Buddhist mob went on the rampage.Authorities said the curfew would stay in place for a second night running in the neighbouring resorts of Alutgama and Beruwala as community leaders accused police of doing little to contain Sunday night's violence."At least 80 people have been wounded and among them are some police officers too," a police source in the area told AFP by telephone."The situation is largely under control, but the curfew was extended as a precaution."Local Muslims accused the police of failing to protect them when followers of the extremist Buddhist Force -- better known as BBS -- started setting fire to businesses after sunset on Sunday evening.Police fired teargas and imposed a curfew but were unable to prevent several ...

Iran's Rouhani does not rule out US cooperation on Iraq TEHRAN: Iran may consider cooperating with the United States in fighting Sunni extremist fighters in Iraq if Washington acts against them, President Hassan Rouhani told journalists Saturday.He was responding to questions of whether mutual interests in fighting terrorism could possibly bring together Tehran and Washington -- traditional foes that have had no diplomatic relations in more than three decades."If we see that the United States takes action against terrorist groups in Iraq, then one can ...
Afghan front-runner on brink of power, again KABUL: Former ophthalmologist and resistance fighter Abdullah Abdullah stands one step away from becoming the president of Afghanistan -- the final part of a plan hatched five years ago, when he believes the job was stolen from him.Abdullah, 53, has plotted to avenge defeat since the 2009 election when he came second to Hamid Karzai in the first-round vote and then dramatically pulled out of the run-off, alleging that fraud would again be used to ...
Fiery Afghan academic looks to seize presidency KABUL: Ashraf Ghani is an intense, intellectual high-achiever with a famous temper -- his rule would seldom be dull if he wins Saturday's run-off election and becomes the new president of Afghanistan.Ghani, now 65, was a career academic and economist who left Afghanistan in 1977 and only returned 24 years later to pursue his dream of rebuilding the country.He studied at New York's Columbia University, before teaching at several US universities during the Soviet occupation ...
Indian monsoon rains weak after late arrival NEW DELHI: India's monsoon rains were 48 percent below average levels in the week to June 11, data from the weather office showed on Thursday, reflecting the late onset of the annual rains over the southern Kerala coast.During the initial days of the June-September wet season, summer crops such as rice, corn, soybean and cotton are not greatly affected by the quantity of rains. The distribution of rainfall in mid-July, after the monsoon covers the ...
China eyes yuan, infrastructure deals on Li's Britain trip BEIJING: China's Premier Li Keqiang will discuss infrastructure, high-speed rail, nuclear and finance deals during a trip to Britain next week, as well as London's role as an offshore yuan trading hub, a senior Chinese official said on Thursday.Li will meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron at his London residence on June 17, a reciprocal visit following the British leader's trip to China last year. Li will also go to Greece on the June ...
India Modi says criminal lawmakers should 'go to jail' NEW DELHI: India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said there should be no space in parliament for criminals, where a record number of elected representatives face charges.Modi, who pledged a clean and efficient government to help revive the slowing economy, said lawmakers who have criminal backgrounds should go to jail and "free both houses of this disgrace"."There is always this comprehensive discussion that only those who have criminal backgrounds go to parliament. This ...

 



 
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