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Here’s how much Exxon paid Republicans who urged Trump to ditch Paris climate deal

Here’s how much Exxon paid Republicans who urged Trump to ditch Paris climate deal

By Tom Cahill/www.resistancereport.com 22 Republicans were behind the push to get President Trump to leave the Paris climate agreement. Those senators are also favorites of polluters. A letter sent to the White House last week — signed by 22 of the most conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate — rejected the overwhelming global scientific consensus behind climate change in favor...

China offers US$ 1,500 to S$ 73,000 as rewards for catching spies

China offers US$ 1,500 to S$ 73,000 as rewards for catching spies

Beijing. June 2 (Hindustan Times): The economy might be slowing but cash-rich China is offering its citizens up to a healthy $73,000 for spotting foreign spies in Beijing, state media reported quoting a government circular. Since spies in real life aren’t usually as conspicuous as certain fictional ones, the government is attempting to rope in Beijing’s residents in its attempt...

Wickremesinghe tightens grip over Sri Lankan economic and foreign policies

Wickremesinghe tightens grip over Sri Lankan economic and foreign policies

Colombo, May 31 (newsin.asia): Wednesday’s shuffle of portfolios at the junior ministers’ level, and the earlier shuffle at the cabinet level, have together placed Sri Lanka’s economic and foreign policies firmly in the hands of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. On Wednesday, financial expert and Wickremesinghe loyalist Eran Wickramaratne was made State Minister of Finance to assist the new Cabinet Minister...

Menon’s recipe for managing contentious Indo-China relations

Menon’s recipe for managing contentious Indo-China relations

P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Colombo, May 31 (Daily Express): India- China relations have taken a turn for the worse as a result of New Delhi’s boycott of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) summit in Beijing earlier this month. But all is not lost. There is a way of reversing the trend, which is suggested by Shivshanka Menon, India’s former Foreign Secretary...

Car bomb kills at least 40 in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter

Car bomb kills at least 40 in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter

Kabul, May 31 (AFP): At least 40 people were killed or wounded Wednesday as a massive blast ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital. Bodies littered the scene and a huge plume of smoke rose from the area which houses foreign embassies. However, it was not immediately...

Ireland set to elect gay Indian as its Prime Minister

Ireland set to elect gay Indian as its Prime Minister

Dublin, May 30 (Reuters):Ireland is on the verge of a huge generational change in its political life with the likely election of Leo Varadkar as its next premier – a move that would give the once-staunchly Catholic country its first openly gay leader and its first of Asian immigrant descent. Varadkar has built a near insurmountable lead ahead of a...

White House photo caption omits same sex husband of Luxembourg’s PM

White House photo caption omits same sex husband of Luxembourg’s PM

Washington, May 28 (IANS): The White House omitted Gauthier Destenay, the same sex husband of Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, from the caption to an official photograph of the spouses of NATO leaders taken at this weeks summit in Brussels. Destenay, a Belgian architect, married Bettel in 2015, becoming the first same-sex spouse of a leader of a European Union...

It’ll be “commercial diplomacy” from now on, says Lanka’s new Foreign Minister

It’ll be “commercial diplomacy” from now on, says Lanka’s new Foreign Minister

By P.K.Balachandran/www.southasianmonitor.com Colombo, May 27: Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, who was previously Finance Minister, has said that Sri Lanka’s diplomacy from now on will be “commercial” with the aim of shoring up the economy and getting the system and the people to deliver. More specifically, the aim will be to get Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and...

Radical Buddhist outfits dub Lankan Muslim leaders as “extremists”, Rohingyas as “ISIS agents”

Radical Buddhist outfits dub Lankan Muslim leaders as “extremists”, Rohingyas as “ISIS agents”

By P.K.Balachandran/www.bdnews24.com Colombo, May 27: Buddhist extremist outfits in Sri Lanka such as the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the Sinhala Ravaya, have begun to portray Sri Lankan Muslims leaders as “Islamic extremists” and the Rohingyas of Myanmar as “ISIS agents”. While denying the BBS’s involvement in the recent spate of attacks on mosques and business establishment of Muslims, the...

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