South Korea’s Yoon says ‘untrue’ media reports damage alliance with US amid hot mic controversy

SEOUL – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said on Monday “untrue” media reports over his remarks threatened to damage relations with the United States after he was caught cursing on a hot mic during his visit to New York last week. A series of gaffes and controversies overshadowed Mr Yoon’s first major overseas tour which also […]

Anti-government protesters gather outside New Zealand’s Parliament

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) – About 2,000 anti-government demonstrators gathered outside New Zealand’s Parliament on Tuesday (Aug 23) to vent their frustration on a range of issues nearly six months after protesters were forcibly removed from the grounds of the legislature. The protesters, organised by the Freedom and Rights Coalition, arrived from around New Zealand and assembled […]

Sri Lanka presents plan in Parliament to cut president’s powers

COLOMBO (BLOOMBERG) – Sri Lanka’s government has tabled a proposal to curb the powers of the president’s office, the first step to reform a political system widely seen as responsible for tipping the country into economic chaos and bankruptcy. The passing of the proposed constitutional amendment would be a win for President Ranil Wickremesinghe and […]

Sri Lanka could tip back to chaos if six-time PM voted president by Parliament today

COLOMBO (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – Sri Lanka’s Parliament will choose its new president from three candidates on Wednesday (July 20), hoping that the new leader will be able to pull the island out of its worst economic and political crisis since independence in 1948. But a win for acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe, one of the contenders […]

India’s Parliament begins voting for new president

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India’s Parliament began voting Monday (July 18) for a new president, with a female politician from the country’s marginalised tribal community the favourite for the post. Ms Droupadi Murmu, from the Santhal tribe, has been nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the largely ceremonial position. […]

North Macedonia approves proposal to open EU talks

North Macedonia's Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski (C) delivers a speech during a press conference in the Government building in Skopje, on July 16, 2022. North Macedonia's Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski announced on July 16, 2022 that Skopje had reached a compromise with Bulgaria in a long-running dispute, allowing them to start European Union membership talks. […]

Sri Lanka’s ousted president says he ‘took all possible steps’ to prevent crisis

COLOMBO (REUTERS) – Sri Lanka’s ousted president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled overseas this week to escape a popular uprising against his government, has said he took “all possible steps” to avert the economic crisis that has engulfed the island nation. Rajapaksa’s resignation was accepted by Parliament on Friday. He flew to the Maldives and then to Singapore […]