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Diplomats and U.N. staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden
ADEN (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:44:33 GMT
-French local election runoff to test far-right strength
PARIS (Reuters) - French voters elect thousands of local councillors on Sunday in a test of the far-right National Front's growing hold on grassroots politics.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:07:58 GMT
-Even before any 'Brexit' vote, UK losing sway in Europe
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - After decades of punching above its weight in Europe, Britain's influence in the European Union is waning, even before we know whether a promised referendum on "Brexit" will go ahead.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:42:42 GMT
-Tunisian forces kill nine militants in south before solidarity march
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian forces killed nine militants during a raid in a southern region as part of crackdown following the attack on the Tunis Bardo museum that targeted foreign tourists, an interior ministry official said on Sunday.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:23:40 GMT
-Singaporeans bid final farewell to founding father Lee
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people braved heavy rain and lined the streets of Singapore on Sunday to catch a last glimpse of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as his funeral procession wound through the country he helped build.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:28:25 GMT
-Modi's popularity in rural India punctured by discontent, suicides
VAIDI, India (Reuters) - Over a dozen debt-laden farmers have committed suicide in recent weeks in India, and discontent in many rural areas against government policies is turning into anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi less than a year after he swept into office.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:52:20 GMT
-Brazil minister Levy privately criticized Rousseff: report
SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquim Levy mildly criticized President Dilma Rousseff, saying she does not always act in "the most effective way," in remarks at a time when investors are watching for signs of tension between the two philosophically different leaders.







Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 01:29:45 GMT
-French local election runoff to test far-right strength
PARIS (Reuters) - French voters elect thousands of local councillors on Sunday in a test of the far-right National Front's growing hold on grassroots politics.

Publ.Date : Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:22:54 GMT
-Libya tells Arab summit arms embargo must be lifted to fight IS
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Libya told an Arab summit on Saturday that a U.N. arms embargo on the country must be lifted to help prevent the advance of Islamic State militants.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:56:42 GMT
-Guinea president announces new emergency measures in Ebola fight
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea's President Alpha Conde announced on Saturday new emergency measures enabling authorities to restrict movements in western Guinea where Ebola transmission continues a year after the epidemic was declared.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:03:41 GMT
-Irish governing parties see poll boost as Sinn Fein falters
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Support for Ireland's governing parties has increased sharply since December and support for left-wing challenger Sinn Fein has fallen in the same period, a leading pollster said on Saturday.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:50:24 GMT
-Greek PM Tsipras says he seeks no rift with Europe
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:39:46 GMT
-Diplomats and U.N. staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden
ADEN (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:31:29 GMT
-Iran, powers struggle to overcome disputes in push for nuclear deal
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of France and Germany joined the top U.S. and Iranian diplomats on Saturday to help break an impasse in nuclear negotiations as major powers and Iran closed in on a two- or three-page accord that could form the basis of a long-term deal.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:29:32 GMT
-Gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria during tense election
ABUJA (Reuters) - Gunmen killed at least 15 people including an opposition politician near polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, casting an ominous shadow over the closest electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:29:02 GMT
-Police fire tear gas on crowd during Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas at an angry crowd fighting over food supplies in Sierra Leone on Saturday, while other residents defied a three-day national lockdown that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic.







Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:41:24 GMT
-EU's Juncker postpones Kiev visit due to kidney stones
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has postponed plans to visit Kiev on Monday because he needs to receive treatment for kidney stones.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:27:46 GMT
-U.S., allies target Islamic State in Tikrit, other Iraqi cities
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and coalition forces conducted 18 air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq during a 24-hour period, with eight strikes near militant-held Tikrit, the U.S. military said on Saturday.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:25:09 GMT
-Islamist groups seize Syrian city Idlib for first time
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist groups including al Qaeda's Nusra Front have seized the city of Idlib for the first time in Syria's civil war, fighters and a monitoring group said on Saturday.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:23:11 GMT
-Crash pilot was psychiatric patient, planned big gesture: paper
BERLIN (Reuters) - The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing an airliner, killing 150 people, had told his girlfriend he was planning a spectacular gesture so "everyone will know my name", a German daily said on Saturday.

Publ.Date : Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:10:45 GMT
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Sri Lanka road trip finds north and south still divided after civil war - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Sri Lanka road trip finds north and south still divided after civil war
Los Angeles Times
The road from Colombo, Sri Lanka's graceful seaside capital in the south, to the northern town of Jaffna has rarely been a straight shot. Most of the 250-mile journey follows the A9 highway, which slices through palm groves and green carpets of ...
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-Sri Lanka's pivot to India breaks China's dreams - Boston Globe (subscription)

Boston Globe (subscription)

Sri Lanka's pivot to India breaks China's dreams
Boston Globe (subscription)
COLOMBO — Sri Lanka. Following elections earlier this year, a major shift in the geopolitical and perhaps military balance of power is taking place on this island that hangs like a jewel from the ear of India. Many Americans may have trouble finding ...
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-In the Hills of Sri Lanka's Tea Country - New York Times

New York Times

In the Hills of Sri Lanka's Tea Country
New York Times
Sri Lanka is a sunny heartbreak of a nation, a welcoming South Asian island country beset by three decades of ethnic war that came to an end in May of 2009, when the Sinhalese government routed the Tamil Tigers in a brutal show of overwhelming force.


-Sri Lanka's Sirisena Meets China's Xi Amid New Look at Ties - ABC News

ABC News

Sri Lanka's Sirisena Meets China's Xi Amid New Look at Ties
ABC News
Sri Lanka's new president held talks Thursday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid a push to recalibrate his predecessor's strongly pro-China policies and a review of major Chinese projects in the island nation. Maithripala Sirisena and Xi reaffirmed ...
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-'No expired rice stocks' - Lanka Sathosa - The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka

'No expired rice stocks' - Lanka Sathosa
The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
"The Government of Sri Lanka, as a result of government to government agreement entered into with (the Government of) Bangladesh in December 2014, imported 25,000 MT of 'nadu' rice from Bangladesh in the first week of January 2015 for the domestic ...


-In Sri Lanka, Elephants and Humans Struggle to Live in Close Quarters - CityLab

CityLab

In Sri Lanka, Elephants and Humans Struggle to Live in Close Quarters
CityLab
Elephants in Sri Lanka can have the demeanor of cranky wedding guests in a slow buffet line. They munch away at grass and leaves, kicking their heels back in annoyance at the pure white egrets standing behind them. Cross their path in a safari vehicle ...


-India looks to Sri Lanka for terror help, keeps close watch on ISI - Deccan Chronicle

Deccan Chronicle

India looks to Sri Lanka for terror help, keeps close watch on ISI
Deccan Chronicle
New Delhi: Following the change in regime in Sri Lanka, India intelligence agencies will engage with their counterparts in the island nation to crack down on what they describe as the “growing influence of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)” in the ...
India and Sri Lanka to fight ISI influenceThe Asian Age
Expand Foothold in Buddhist Block to Contain the DragonThe New Indian Express

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-Barack Obama nominates Indian-American as ambassador to Sri Lanka, Maldives - Economic Times

India West

Barack Obama nominates Indian-American as ambassador to Sri Lanka, Maldives
Economic Times
As his current role, Keshap had worked closely with Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Desai Biswal to coordinate US policy toward India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, and Bhutan, comprising a diverse and strategic region of almost 1.5 ...
Atul Keshap Named U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, MaldivesIndia West
Obama nominates Atul Keshap as Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives ...Newsfirst
Indian-American is US envoy to Lanka, MaldivesChandigarh Tribune

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-Sri Lankan president seeks to mend ties with China after port suspension - Reuters

The Diplomat

Sri Lankan president seeks to mend ties with China after port suspension
Reuters
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena headed to Beijing on Wednesday seeking to end a stalemate over China's biggest investment project in the island which his administration has suspended over allegations of wrongdoing.
Suspended Sri Lankan Port Project Complicates Sirisena's Trip to ChinaThe Diplomat
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-Dhaka bound Mihin Lanka forced to land at BIA - Newsfirst

Newsfirst

Dhaka bound Mihin Lanka forced to land at BIA
Newsfirst
A Mihin Lanka flight en-route to Dhaka from Colombo was forced to return to the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on Sunday due to a technical failure. According to passengers, the flight which was scheduled to take off at 7.30am took off at 9.30am.


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