Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Wednesday from the US Secretary of Defense during which they discussed ongoing arrangements to send US troops of a More »

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

:: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy confirmed on Wednesday the restoration of production capacity, affirming the Kingdom’s position as a reliable energy supplier in the global market. The energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz More »

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

:: Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements at the UN General Assembly this week where he urged the UN to “handle the suspicious death of More »

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »


Tag Archives: Colombo

Sri Lanka signs $1.1 bln China port deal amid local, foreign concerns

:: Sri Lanka signed a long delayed $1.1 billion deal on Saturday to lease its southern Hambantota port to China ignoring an appeal by opposition parties to debate the pact in parliament. The deal was signed between the two state

Sri Lankan monks vow to thwart any govt deal with Tamil minority

:: Sri Lanka’s hard-line monks on Monday broadened a growing campaign by the Buddhist clergy against the government, threatening street protests if the island’s Tamil minority is granted greater autonomy. Radical monk Maagalkande Sudaththa said hard-line Buddhists were mobilizing Sri

Sri Lanka offers fresh probes into missing thousands

Maithripala Sirisena

:: Sri Lanka’s president announced Saturday new investigations into alleged secret detention centers as part of a drive to find tens of thousands of people still missing after the country’s decades-long war. Maithripala Sirisena said he would establish a mechanism

Sri Lanka rejects Chinese request for submarine visit — officials

:: Sri Lanka has rejected China’s request to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month, two senior government officials said on Thursday as the Indian prime minister landed in the island nation. Sri Lanka last allowed a Chinese

Garbage piles up in Sri Lanka’s capital

Hundreds of tons of rotting garbage piled up in Sri Lanka’s capital Tuesday after the main rubbish dump was shut following an accident that killed at least 30 people. Authorities sealed the massive 300-foot (90-meter) rubbish mountain on the northeastern

Maldives opposition in new bid to take control of parliament

Mohamed Nasheed

Maldives opposition parties said Monday they would launch a fresh bid to seize control of parliament by impeaching the speaker, weeks after their first attempt failed when the president called in troops to evict lawmakers. A coalition of opposition parties

Sri Lanka navy arrests 6 Indian drug smugglers

Sri Lanka’s navy Sunday arrested six Indians trying to smuggle 13.5 kilograms (29.7 pounds) of heroin across the narrow strip of sea dividing the two countries, a spokesman said. The suspects were disguised as fishermen, navy spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge said.

Sri Lanka creates panel to stem sexual abuse of women

Sri Lanka will set up a special panel to tackle widespread sexual abuse and exploitation of women including thousands of war widows, the government said Wednesday. The establishment of a new National Commission on Women comes amid warnings that women

Colombo begins process of drawing up new constitution

Sri Lanka’s government on Saturday began the process of drawing up a new constitution for the country aimed at eliminating causes that led to a quarter-century civil war. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe proposed that Parliament be converted into a constituent

Lankan leader pardons man accused of planning to kill him

Maithripala Sirisena.

Sri Lanka’s president has pardoned a former Tamil Tiger insurgent accused of conspiring to kill him 10 years ago. President Maithripala Sirisena set free Sivaraja Jenivan on Friday, which was the first anniversary of Sirisena being elected to office. Attorney

Sri Lankan rupee hits record low

The Sri Lankan rupee fell to a record low on Monday on importer dollar demand amid lower liquidity for the greenback as exporters were reluctant to sell dollars on speculation that the currency could fall further, dealers said. Trading was

Sri Lanka minister quits over arms scandal

Tilak Marapana

Sri Lanka’s police minister resigned on Monday following allegations he tried to shield a private security firm under investigation for gun running and money laundering. Law and Order Minister Tilak Marapana said he quit to protect the government of Prime

Maldives foreign minister says state of emergency may be lifted early

The foreign minister of the Maldives said Monday that a monthlong state of emergency declared by the president last week may be lifted early. Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon said by phone from the Maldives’ capital, Male, that the emergency was

Debutant Windies spinner Warrican strikes to halt Sri Lanka

West Indies debutant Jomel Warrican took four wickets to bundle Sri Lanka out for 200 on day one of the second Test Thursday, raising hopes of a series-saving victory for the visitors. The 23-year-old spinner, who received his Test cap

Drunk passenger forces Malaysia Airlines flight to turn back

A Malaysia Airlines flight to Colombo had to turn back to Kuala Lumpur due to a drunk passenger, the national carrier said on Sunday. Flight MH179 had taken off from Kuala Lumpur late on Saturday. “The intoxicated passenger started harassing

In Sri Lanka, Pope Francis backs search for wartime truth

Pope Francis brought calls for reconciliation as well as justice as he arrived Tuesday in Sri Lanka at the start of a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can’t fully heal from a quarter-century of ethnic civil war without

Sirisena victory delights Sri Lankan expats in Saudi Arabia

There was widespread jubilation among the 500,000-strong Sri Lankan expatriate community in the Kingdom as they savored the victory of Maithripala Sirisena over incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential elections on Thursday. For the expatriates, it was a long night

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa concedes election defeat

Mahinda Rajapaksa

COLOMBO : Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat in presidential elections, officials said, after a bitter campaign that saw Asia’s longest-serving leader brought down by allegations of corruption and a failure to bring about post-war reconciliation. After the island’s

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