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Blow to Sirisena: Sri Lankan Parliament votes against PM Rajapakse

14.11.2018 1:08

The parliament has approved a no-trust vote against Prime Minister Rajapaksa, speaker of parliament Karu Jayasuriya announced in the House

From: www.dnaindia.com

Hunt urges Saudi Arabia to 'seize the moment' and end Yemen war

14.11.2018 0:11

Saudi Arabia must "seize the moment" and bring an end to the war in Yemen, Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, said Monday as he visited Riyadh to put pressure on the kingdom over the conflict and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.  During a day of intense shuttle diplomacy, flying from Saudi Arabia to the UAE and back again before returning to London, Mr Hunt said he pushed the UK’s Arab allies to move towards a ceasefire in Yemen.  His visit came as Turkey continued to pressure Saudi Arabia over Mr Khashoggi’s death by sharing with Western countries a graphic audio tape of his final moments inside the Saudi consulate.  “We have been discussing Khashoggi but also the vital need to seize the moment in Yemen and stop famine and cholera intensifying,” Mr Hunt said. The foreign secretary met King Salman and the Saudi foreign minister in the morning and was due to meet Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince accused of ordering Mr Khashoggi’s murder.  He also met with Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of the UAE, and raised the case of Matthew Hedges, a British academic arrested in Dubai on spying charges.   Matthew Hedges was arrested in the UAE in May Mr Hunt’s visit to the Gulf came as fighting continued in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, where Saudi-led coalition forces are trying to dislodge Houthi rebel fighters backed by Iran.  At least 150 people were killed in 24 hours of fighting from Sunday, although there appeared to be a lull in the offensive while Mr Hunt was in the region.  Hodeidah is the main lifeline for food and aid for northern Yemen and the UN has warned of an "absolutely catastrophic situation" if the port is damaged during the fighting.  Around 14 million people in Yemen - half the country’s population - are on the brink of famine, according to the UN. More than 100 children are estimated to be dying each day as a result of disease and malnutrition. While the US and the UK support the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, both countries have been pressuring Riyadh to bring an end to the disastrous four-year war.  The US and UK have called for a ceasefire by the end of November, followed swiftly by UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden. So far there is little sign that either the Houthis or the Saudi-led coalition are prepared to end the fighting.  Yemeni pro-government forces gather on the eastern outskirts of Hodeidah as they continue to battle for the control of the city from Houthi rebels Credit: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images The International Rescue Committee said Mr Hunt’s trip to the Gulf was a “welcome sign”. “Active and urgent diplomacy at the highest level is needed to stop more civilian deaths,” the group said.  Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, became the first Western leader to acknowledge that his country’s intelligence services had listened to a Turkish tape of Mr Khashoggi’s murder.  Downing Street refused to say if MI6 had listened to the tape. France sparked a row with Turkey by accusing Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, of playing “a political game” with the audio tape. A spokesman for Mr Erdogan called the French comments “unacceptable” and said that a French intelligence official listened to the tape on October 24 and received a transcript of its contents. The tapes reportedly capture Mr Khashoggi being strangled to death within a few minutes of entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. A coalition of aid groups called on Mr Hunt to push for "concrete measures" to address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, including opening up access for aid and commerical goods and agreeing a plan to pay public sector salaries in Yemen.  The collapse of the economy and government budgets have left many Yemenis unable to buy food, even if it is available on the shelves. 

Japan’s Abe, Pence to visit Australia amid China concerns

14.11.2018 0:09

SYDNEY (AP) — Regional security and the strengthening of ties with Japan and the U.S. will be high on the agenda for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison when he meets leaders from both countries amid continuing concerns about the growing influence of China in the Asia-Pacific. Morrison will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

British cabinet to assess May Brexit deal

14.11.2018 0:07

British Prime Minister Theresa May will present a hard-fought Brexit deal to her cabinet, in what could be a defining moment for her premiership and Britain's departure from the European Union.

From: www.news.com.au

Malaysia Seeking ‘Full Refund’ From Goldman for 1MDB Deals

13.11.2018 23:11

The Southeast Asian nation should also seek compensation from the bank for ruining Malaysia’s image, Anwar said in parliament Tuesday. Malaysia has been “cheated” by Goldman, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in a CNBC interview.

From: www.yahoo.com

Britain agrees Brexit divorce deal with EU, May's opponents vow to thwart it

13.11.2018 22:07

Britain struck a draft divorce deal with the European Union after more than a year of talks, thrusting Prime Minister Theresa May into a perilous battle over Brexit that could shape her country's prosperity for generations to come.

From: feeds.reuters.com

Japan’s Shinzo Abe, US VP Mike Pence to visit Australia

13.11.2018 21:56

SYDNEY (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Australia on Friday for talks on trade, investment, and the two countries’ reconciliation after World War II. Abe will meet Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in Darwin, becoming the first Japanese leader to visit the city since its bombing by Japanese forces in 1942. Morrison says [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

Malaysian Prime Minister Says Goldman Sachs Cheated Country In 1MDB Dealings

13.11.2018 21:53

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the bankers at Goldman Sachs "cheated" Malaysia during dealings with the state fund 1MDB on Tuesday, according to CNBC. Mahathir has called for taking more aggressive steps to help recoup fees earned by the bank which has already been under scrutiny for its role in helping raise funds through bond offerings for 1MDB. The massive 1Malaysia Development Bhd has already become the subject of investigations in six countries looking into money-laundering and corruption allegations. The United States Department of Justice said nearly $4.5 billion was misappropriated from the fund, including some of the money Goldman Sachs helped raise, from 2009 through 2014....

From: article.wn.com

U.K.'s May Faces Brexit Test as Officials Reach Draft Deal

13.11.2018 21:30

Negotiators for Britain and the European Union hammered out a draft Brexit deal, setting up a critical endgame in which Prime Minister Theresa May must now try to sell the plan to her skeptical ministers and Parliament.

From: www.wsj.com

Theresa May's Brexit deal: What we know so far

13.11.2018 21:11

November 14, 2018 10:11 AM
LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - UK Prime Minister Theresa May will ask her Cabinet to back her draft Brexit deal on Wednesday (Nov 14), despite the fact that she might still fail to get it past her own Conservative Party.

From: www.straitstimes.com

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