Ukrainian PM offers to quit in audiotape furore(15:28) Kiev, Jan 17 (IANS) Ukraine's Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk on Friday tendered his resignation after a leaked audio recording apparently revealed him criticising President Volodymyr Zelensky.
SL eyes $1.3bn export earnings from tea in 2020(15:14) Colombo, Jan 17 (IANS) The Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) on Friday said that it was aiming for $1.3 billion in earnings from the export of Ceylon Tea in 2020, and hopes to increase tea production to 340 million kg.
Killing of Soleimani disgrace for US: Khamenei (Lead)(15:02) Tehran, Jan 17 (IANS) While leading the Friday prayers for the first time since 2012, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the January 3 killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani in an American drone attack, was a "disgrace for the US".
US-Taliban discuss peace deal in new talks(14:22) Doha, Jan 17 (IANS) The Taliban and the US have resumed their talks that are expected to continue for "several days" in the Qatari capital of Doha for finalizing an arrangement to sign a possible Afghanistan peace deal, the militant group said on Friday.
7 people found dead after suspected exorcism in Panama(13:50) Panama City, Jan 17 (IANS) The bodies of seven people were found in a mass grave in an indigenous area of Panama controlled by a religious sect, that might have performed an exorcism on the victims, according to authorities.
Chinese birth rate falls to lowest in 7 decades(13:42) Beijing, Jan 17 (IANS) China's birth rate has fallen to its lowest since the formation of the People's Republic of China 70 years ago, despite the easing of the one-child policy, the country's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Friday.
Khamenei to lead Friday prayers for 1st time since 2012(13:29) Tehran, Jan 17 (IANS) Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatolllah Ali Khamenei will lead the Friday prayers here for the first time since 2012, which comes in the wake of widespread protests over the January 8 downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane by an Iranian missile.
'Saudi-Iran military conflict would be disastrous for Pak'(13:06) Islamabad, Jan 17 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that a military conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran would be "disastrous" for Islamabad and it was for this reason that his government is making efforts to defuse regional tensions, a media report said on Friday.
US must be involved in Afghanistan after troops leave: Qureshi(13:01) Washington/Islamabad, Jan 17 (IANS) Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that US must remain engaged in Afghanistan's reconstruction even if it succeeds in withdrawing troops and ending its longest war, it was reported on Friday.
UK rapist's 30-yr jail term may be extended(12:33) London, Jan 17 (IANS) The 30-year jail term for the UK's most prolific serial rapist, who has been convicted of 159 sex offences, including 136 rapes, could be extended after his sentencing was referred to the Court of Appeal for being "unduly lenient".
Afghan govt rejects Taliban's violence reduction offer(11:45) Kabul, Jan 17 (IANS) The Afghan government has rejected the Taliban's offer of a seven-day reduction of violence in the war-torn country on the condition that a peace deal with the US was signed, saying it was "unacceptable" and insisted that the insurgent group must agree to a ceasefire before engaging in intra-Afghan talks.
SL Prez, PM to visit China, India in Feb(11:21) Colombo, Jan 17 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa are scheduled to visit China and India with the aim of further strengthening regional cooperation and enhancing relations with the two Asian powers, it was reported on Friday.
'11 US troops were hurt in Iran missile attack' (Ld)(11:11) Baghdad/Washington, Jan 17 (IANS) Eleven US troops were injured in the January 8 Iranian missile attack on of the two American bases in Iraq, despite the Pentagon initially saying that no service member was hurt, it was reported on Friday.
FBI probing California gurdwara vandalization(11:05) San Francisco, Jan 17 (IANS) The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched a probe into the vandalization of a newly inaugurated gurdwara in California, saying it was a possible hate crime, a media report said.
Missing Indian-American woman found dead in car boot(10:52) Washington, Jan 17 (IANS) The body of an Indian-American woman, who was reported missing by her family when she failed to return home last month, has been found dead in the trunk of her own car, a media report said.
Chief Justice takes charge of Trump trial in Senate (2nd Ld)(10:17) By Arul Louis New York, Jan 17 (IANS) US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has taken charge of the Senate as it geared up for the historic impeachment trial of President Donald Trump as new details emerged around the Ukraine controversies at the core of charges against him.
US troops were hurt in Iran missile attack(10:01) Baghdad, Jan 17 (IANS) Several US troops were injured in the January 8 Iranian missile attack on of the two American bases in Iraq, despite the Pentagon initially saying that no service member was hurt, it was reported on Friday.