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Sri Lanka blasts- intelligence failure

Sri Lankan govt in disarray after reports it ignored intelligence warnings

Trump administration announces end to sanctions exemptions for countries still importing Iranian oil. China, India, among others, to be impacted.
Sri Lanka's president Maithripala Sirisena | @MaithripalaS

Sri Lanka’s human rights diplomacy is a sham & you can blame its political elites

The Sri Lankan government has used Human Rights Council resolutions to deflect international pressure and deceive the global community.
Sri Lanka

Race for absolute power in Sri Lanka will signal a proxy war between India and China

With both India and Sri Lanka gearing up for general elections, cautious optimism should be the keyword in diplomacy.
Sri Lanka

President Sirisena reinstates Wickremesinghe as prime minister to end Sri Lanka crisis

President Sirisena had earlier fired Wickremesinghe on 26 October replacing him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Mahinda Rajapaksa | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg News

Rajapaksa’s dark legacy looms large over Sri Lanka and won’t clear anytime soon

Rajapaksa – alleged war criminal & autocrat – isn’t backing out from his claim to be Sri Lanka's prime minister.

Sri Lanka MPs pass no-trust motion against controversially-appointed PM Rajapaksa

Last month, President Sirisena sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and suspended the Parliament plunging the island nation into a crisis.
Maithripala Sirisena | Twitter/@MaithripalaS

Sri Lanka Supreme Court stays Sirisena’s order to sack parliament

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court delivered the ruling after 2 days of deliberations on as many as 13 petitions against Sirisena's decision.
Sri Lankan Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (C) takes part in a press conference in Colombo | Getty Images

Sri Lanka’s ousted PM mounts legal challenge against President’s decision to dissolve Parliament

On Monday, Wickremesinghe’s United National Party and the opposition Tamil National Alliance filed formal petitions in the Supreme Court challenging President Sirisena's decision. 
Sri Lanka's president Maithripala Sirisena | @MaithripalaS

Sri Lanka President not in favour of snap elections, says close aide

President Sirisena's close aide Piyadasa quashed rumours that Sirisena may opt for a snap poll with a dissolution of parliament to end the political crisis in Sri Lanka.
Former US President Barack Obama addresses the crowd in support of Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams during a campaign rally on 2 November in Atlanta, Georgia

It’s Trump versus Obama before the US midterm polls, and Brexit is making UK lawyers anxious

UK top lawyers and business leaders ask PM May for another vote on Brexit, and Sri Lanka's President reconvenes Parliament for trust vote.

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Sri Lanka terror attack: Did the world let its guard down on ISIS?

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the serial suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, which have killed more than 300 people till last count.

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Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.