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Explained: What's the 21st Constitutional Amendment aimed to cut power of Sri Lankan presidents

May 16, 2022 4:20 pm

The amendment is likely to reduce the Presidency to a ceremonial position, retaining the powers of the President on all three armed forces while handing over almost all other key powers pertaining to governance, and cabinet ministers to the Prime Minister.

Explained: Why stakes are high in trial tied to Russia probe

May 15, 2022 2:35 pm

The verdict in the case of lawyer Michael Sussmann will help shape the fate and legacy of Durham's three-year probe.

From neutral to NATO: Why Finland joining the alliance matters

May 15, 2022 7:49 am

Finland is hurtling to join NATO — a monumental shift for a nation with a long history of wartime neutrality and staying out of military alliances. Why join now? What would a membership mean and will it benefit NATO as well?

Explained: What's behind the baby formula shortage in US?

May 13, 2022 1:29 pm

Why is there a shortage of baby formula? Ongoing supply disruptions have combined with a recent safety recall to leave many pharmacy and supermarket shelves bare. What should parents do now? What are retailers doing to keep formula in stock? When are supplies likely to improve?

Explained: Why Thailand will distribute 1 million cannabis plants to households

May 13, 2022 1:30 pm

With about a third of its labour force engaged in agriculture, Thailand has been trying to promote cannabis as a cash crop for some time now. In fact, in 2018, it became the first country in the Southeast Asian region to legalise the use of cannabis for medical use.

Explained: For 5th-time Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, political and economic challenge like no other

May 13, 2022 6:46 am

This is Wickremesinghe’s fifth time in the office. Each of his earlier terms was truncated, and on two of those occasions he was dismissed by the President — by Chandrika Kumaratunga in 2004, and by Maithripala Sirisena in 2018.

Explained: Who is the Swedish doctor facing execution in Iran?

May 12, 2022 1:44 pm

Iran is scheduled to put to death Ahmad Reza Jalali, a Swedish doctor, by May 21. Here's a look at the forces at play in Jalali's case.

Explained: Who is John Lee, Hong Kong's new Chief Executive?

May 12, 2022 11:40 am

John Lee has been elected the leader of Hong Kong after winning an election held through a closed voting system. What was different about this election? Who is Lee, and what does his win mean for Hong Kong?

Explained: What the coming to power of Bongbong, son of the infamous President Ferdinand Marcos, means for the Philippines and the region

May 12, 2022 11:46 am

Marcos Jr, commonly referred to as Bongbong, has come to power 36 years after the infamous dictator Ferdinand Marcos was deposed and exiled along with his family in the People Power Revolution.

Explained: What will a Marcos presidency in the Philippines look like?

May 11, 2022 3:21 pm

Ferdinand Marcos Jr has swept an election in the Philippines and will begin a six-year term as president at the end of June. Here's what to expect from a Marcos presidency