Sri Lanka Brodcasting Corporation


Last updateTue, 27 Jun 2017 12pm

World News

Trump travel ban suffers new court defeat.

A US appeals court has upheld a decision blocking President Donald Trump's revised "travel ban" on people from six mainly Muslim nations. Ruling on a case brought by the state of Hawaii, the appeal judges found that the executive order violated existing immigration legislation It is a further legal setback for the president's efforts to get the ban he promised his supporters. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he disagreed with the ruling. "President Trump's executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe."

Debris and bodies of the missing Burmese plane have been found.

Dispersed wreckage was found in the Andaman Sea, the military said in a statement. The aircraft, a Y-8 transporter made in China, was carrying 14 crew members as well as 106 military personnel and family members, including children. The plane was flying from Myeik to Yangon and the debris was found in the sea off the coastal town of Dawei.


Qatar row: Calls for diplomatic talks to end Gulf crisis.

Qatar is backing plans for talks with its regional rivals as a diplomatic row gathers pace. Several countries have cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the Gulf region. Neighbours including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have closed their airspace to Qatari planes. Kuwait - one of the Gulf countries not involved in the dispute - has offered to mediate talks, and Qatar said it was receptive to dialogue.

UAE airlines suspend all flights to and from the Qatari capital Doha from tomorrow.

Six Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. They say Qatar backs militant groups including so-called Islamic State and al-Qaeda, which Qatar denies. The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact with the tiny peninsula of oil-rich Qatar.


Trump climate agreement: Rest of world rallies around Paris deal

China, the EU and India, which along with the US make up the four biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, have restated their commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Top EU official Donald Tusk said at a summit with China that Brussels and Beijing would step up co-operation.


s Trump pulls US out of 2015 accord of Paris climate deal.

President Donald Trump has announced that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. He said moves to negotiate a new "fair" deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers would begin. Mr Trump said during last year's presidential election campaign that he would take the step to help his country's oil and coal industries. Opponents say withdrawing from the accord is an abdication of US leadership on a key global challenge.

EU and China rebuff Trump on Paris climate deal

Chinese and EU leaders are to agree a joint statement on the Paris climate agreement saying it is "an imperative more important than ever". A draft of the document, seen by the BBC, stresses the "highest political commitment" to implement the deal. It will be widely seen as a rebuff to the US, as President Trump deliberates on withdrawal from the accord.


At least nine people have been killed and 84 injured in Kabul blast.

A huge explosion has hit the Afghan capital, Kabul, close to foreign embassies and the presidential palace. The latest figures from the Afghan health ministry say at least nine people have been killed and 84 injured. Early reports say the blast was caused by a car bomb in central Zanbaq Square, with windows and doors blown out hundreds of metres away.


France's Macron holds 'frank exchange' with Putin

French President Emmanuel Macron says he held a "frank exchange" with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in their first face-to-face talks. The pair discussed "disagreements" in the meeting, held at the sumptuous Versailles palace near Paris.

But Mr Macron said he wanted to work with Russia over the conflict in Syria in the struggle against terrorism. Meanwhile, Mr Putin said he wanted to strengthen economic ties with France after the restrictions of recent years.(BBC)

Indian premier starts a visit in Europe.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today embarked on a six-day four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France with the aim of boosting India’s economic engagement with these nations and inviting more investment.

This is the second international tour of the Prime Minister this year. German Ambassador Martin Ney had said the “common questions” both India and Germany share about China’s Belt and Road Initiative will be discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Berlin visit. Mr. Modi will first visit Germany, where he will hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel under the framework of India—Germany Intergovernmental Consultations.

Local News