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    US, China see rival visions for entwined Asia-Pacific region

    US, China see rival visions for entwined Asia-Pacific region


    The ASEAN meetings focus on enhanced trade and security in a region of more than 630 million people. They wrapped up Thursday with leaders saying they made progress on such issues as cybersecurity, e-commerce and a free trade pact whose final draft was...

    The ASEAN meetings focus on enhanced trade and security in a region of more than 630 million people. They wrapped up Thursday with leaders saying they made progress on such issues as cybersecurity, e-commerce and a free trade pact whose final draft was pushed back to next year after more than six years of negotiations.
    Sri Lanka lawmakers come to blows  as PM crisis deepens

    Sri Lanka lawmakers come to blows as PM crisis deepens


    The scuffle in the Si Lanka parliament came a day after it passed a no-confidence vote against Rajapaksa's government. When parliament re-convened, speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the country had no government and there was no prime minister -- either...

    The scuffle in the Si Lanka parliament came a day after it passed a no-confidence vote against Rajapaksa's government. When parliament re-convened, speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the country had no government and there was no prime minister -- either Rajapaksa or his rival whose ousting in late October by the president started the crisis.
    Rajapaksa fails to crack House floor, power vacuum in Lanka

    Rajapaksa fails to crack House floor, power vacuum in Lanka


    The island nation has been in crisis since the president sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with Rajapaksa, who served as president until being voted out three years ago. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court overruled the...

    The island nation has been in crisis since the president sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with Rajapaksa, who served as president until being voted out three years ago. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court overruled the president’s dissolution of parliament and halted preparations for a snap election.
    Bangladesh confident Rohingya will be returned

    Bangladesh confident Rohingya will be returned


    angladesh on Wednesday stuck by plans to begin repatriating some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya minority who fled Myanmar last year, despite UN warnings and trepidation among the refugees...

    angladesh on Wednesday stuck by plans to begin repatriating some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya minority who fled Myanmar last year, despite UN warnings and trepidation among the refugees themselves.
    Sri Lanka showdown looms as new PM Rajapaksa loses confidence vote

    Sri Lanka showdown looms as new PM Rajapaksa loses confidence vote


    Deputies from Rajapaksa’s party rejected the voice vote as illegal, saying it wasn’t scheduled and that the pro-China former strongman would remain in office. It wasn’t immediately clear what President Maithripala Sirisena, who triggered the crisis...

    Deputies from Rajapaksa’s party rejected the voice vote as illegal, saying it wasn’t scheduled and that the pro-China former strongman would remain in office. It wasn’t immediately clear what President Maithripala Sirisena, who triggered the crisis by firing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and naming Rajapaksa to the job last month, would do now.
    Luck runs out for Sri Lanka's Lord of the Rings

    Luck runs out for Sri Lanka's Lord of the Rings


    Rajapakse comes from a well-connected political family in the southern district of Hambantota. His father, D.A. Rajapakse, was a prominent independence activist and cabinet minister. The younger Rajapakse studied law but at 24 -- before he had even...

    Rajapakse comes from a well-connected political family in the southern district of Hambantota. His father, D.A. Rajapakse, was a prominent independence activist and cabinet minister. The younger Rajapakse studied law but at 24 -- before he had even qualified as an attorney -- he became an MP.
    Sri Lanka parliament votes against Mahinda Rajapaksa

    Sri Lanka parliament votes against Mahinda Rajapaksa


    Sri Lanka's parliament passed a motion of no-confidence in the controversially-appointed government of Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday. The result does not automatically mean that Wickremesinghe, whose party is the biggest in parliament, has won the...

    Sri Lanka's parliament passed a motion of no-confidence in the controversially-appointed government of Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday. The result does not automatically mean that Wickremesinghe, whose party is the biggest in parliament, has won the constitutional showdown. President Maithripala Sirisena retains the power to choose the next prime minister.
    After 17 years, many Afghans blame US for unending war

    After 17 years, many Afghans blame US for unending war


    The United States has lost more than 2,400 soldiers in its longest war, and has spent more than $900 billion on everything from military operations to the construction of roads, bridges and power plants. Three US presidents have pledged to bring peace to...

    The United States has lost more than 2,400 soldiers in its longest war, and has spent more than $900 billion on everything from military operations to the construction of roads, bridges and power plants. Three US presidents have pledged to bring peace to Afghanistan, either by adding or withdrawing troops, by engaging the Taliban or shunning them. Last year, the US dropped the "mother of all bombs" on a cave complex.
    Lankan President Sirisena suffers setback as SC stays his order to dissolve parliament

    Lankan President Sirisena suffers setback as SC stays his order to dissolve parliament


    Three-judge bench, headed by the Chief Justice Nalin Perera, read out the decision to a packed court guarded by hundreds of heavily armed police and commandos. The court suspended a proclamation issued by Sirisena that sacked the govt. The ruling means...

    Three-judge bench, headed by the Chief Justice Nalin Perera, read out the decision to a packed court guarded by hundreds of heavily armed police and commandos. The court suspended a proclamation issued by Sirisena that sacked the govt. The ruling means parliament could go ahead with a vote to test if Sirisena's nominee is able to summon a majority in the 225-member assembly.
    Maithripala Sirisena backers file counter petitions supporting dissolution of Parliament

    Maithripala Sirisena backers file counter petitions supporting dissolution of Parliament


    Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament on November 9 and announced snap polls to be held on January 5 next year after it became clear that he did not have enough support in the House to prove the premiership of former president Mahinda...

    Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament on November 9 and announced snap polls to be held on January 5 next year after it became clear that he did not have enough support in the House to prove the premiership of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
    Tight security as Sri Lanka court hears crucial case

    Tight security as Sri Lanka court hears crucial case


    President Maithripala Sirisena Friday dissolved parliament and called snap elections for January 5, two weeks after firing the prime minister. The moves sparked international alarm and supporters of the sacked premier as well as a member of the election...

    President Maithripala Sirisena Friday dissolved parliament and called snap elections for January 5, two weeks after firing the prime minister. The moves sparked international alarm and supporters of the sacked premier as well as a member of the election commission on Monday filed legal challenges.