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Sri Lanka’s new PM may lose budget even as he clings to power

Lawmakers opposed to Rajapaksa said they intend to remove funding for staff salaries and other costs in a vote on November 29.

Indian-origin professor in US accused of ‘exploiting’ students as servants

Ashim Mitra, a longtime pharmacy professor at the US university, compelled his students to tend to his lawn, look after his dog and water the plants, sometimes for weeks at a time, when he and his wife were away, the Kansas City Star reported.

Sri Lankan MPs seek suspension of state funds allocated to Rajapaksa

The House was adjourned till November 23 ten minutes after its opening. Last week, Sri Lanka's parliament witnessed unprecedented violence as lawmakers threw furniture and chilli powder at each other.

Yemeni rebels say they will halt rocket fire at Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said the Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks on the Saudis and forces loyal to coalition member the United Arab Emirates at the request of U.N. special envoy Martin Griffiths.

Chinese woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for writing gay erotica

China had classified homosexuality a 'crime' until 1997, and a 'mental illness' in 2001. 

How China embraced reform and defied expectations of failure for 40 years

The Chinese economy has grown so fast for so long now that it is easy to forget how unlikely its metamorphosis into a global powerhouse was, how much of its ascent was improvised and born of desperation.

Kremlin critic Bill Browder faces new charges in Russia

Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky died in 2009 following a year in pre-trial detention after alleging he had uncovered a $230 million tax fraud by Russian officials.

Benjamin Netanyahu says fresh Israel elections would be ‘irresponsible’

Benjamin Netanyahu issued the message on Monday, moments before his education minister, Naftali Bennett, was to announce whether he's pulling his Jewish Home Party out of the coalition.

Israel PM Netanyahu says new elections would be ‘irresponsible’

Benjamin Netanyahu issued the message on Monday, moments before his education minister, Naftali Bennett, was to announce whether he's pulling his Jewish Home Party out of the coalition.

‘Any deal is better than no deal’: EU ministers tell Britain on brexit

"No deal better than the one on the table can be reached," Germany's European affairs minister, Michael Roth, said.

Tijuana protesters chant ‘Out!’ at migrants camped in city

The migrants' expected long stay in Tijuana has raised concerns about the ability of the border city of more than 1.6 million people to handle the influx. The migrants' expected long stay in Tijuana has raised concerns about the ability of the border city of more than 1.6 million people to handle the influx.

Yemen’s Houthis halt missile attacks on Saudi coalition

The Houthis last July unilaterally halted attacks in the Red Sea to support peace efforts, after Saudi Arabia suspended temporarily oil exports through a strategic Red Sea channel following attacks on crude tankers.

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