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Sri Lanka ruling party in purge ahead of snap polls

Sri Lanka’s ruling party was set for a purge on Saturday after a senior minister declared he was challenging President Mahinda Rajapakse in snap elections called for January.

2014 likely to be warmest year on record

The global average temperatures for October as well as the January-to-October period were both the highest on record since record keeping began in 1880.

Barack Obama vows to protect 5 million immigrants

Barack Obama

Mexico, Central America praise the fix; Republicans vow to fight ‘illegal’ plan; Arizona sheriff sues Obama

Nigeria attack leaves 45 dead

At least 45 people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria, officials and witnesses said on Thursday, in the latest violence to hit the restive region.

Israel foils Hamas ‘assassination bid’

Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security service said Thursday that security forces had caught a Hamas group in the West

Bank planning to assassinate hawkish foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman.

ISIS begins onslaught on Ramadi

A minaret in Kobane is partly obscured by smoke after a mortar strike during fighting between ISIS and Kurdish fighters. -AP

Jihadis launch surprise attack on capital of Anbar province from all four directions

Beijing building airfield in South China Sea: US

China is building a massive island in the South China Sea that could host an airfield in an area where Beijing is locked in bitter territorial disputes with neighbouring states, a US military spokesma

US President asks his critics to clear bill on immigration

Mr Obama urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform as he used his weekly address on Saturday to again defend his unilateral action shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from depo

Barack Obama broadens Afghan mission

President Barack Obama speaks at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas on Friday. — AP

Troops to fight in Afghanistan for another year, but civilian aides against risking American lives

When our public sector is much in news whether it involves privatisation or disinvestment, it is worth recalling whether they are good corporate citizens, especially when they are monopolies.

How many deaths will it take to realise that too many young women in their prime have needlessly died?