'We are going to die': Sri Lanka warns of food shortages

Published On: May 20, 2022 12:23 PM NPT By: Reuters

COLOMBO, May 20: Sri Lanka's prime minister has warned of a food shortage as the island nation battles a devastating economic crisis and vowed the government will buy enough fertiliser for the next planting season to boost productivity.

WASHINGTON, May 20: The White House is working to put advanced anti-ship missiles in the hands of Ukrainian fighters to help defeat Russia's naval blockade, officials said, amid concerns more powerful weapons that could sink Russian warships would intensify the conflict.

LONDON, May 18: Russia on Wednesday said it was using a new generation of powerful lasers in Ukraine to burn up drones, deploying some of Moscow's secret weapons to counter a flood of Western arms.

China Eastern crash probe eyes intentional action - sources

Published On: May 18, 2022 08:35 AM NPT By: Reuters

WASHINGTON, May 18: Investigators looking into the crash of a China Eastern Airlines (600115.SS) jet are examining whether it was due to intentional action on the flight deck, with no evidence found of a technical malfunction, two people briefed on the matter said.

MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 17: More than 250 Ukrainian fighters surrendered to Russian forces at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol and Kyiv said on Tuesday it had ordered its full garrison to evacuate, bringing an apparent end to the bloodiest battle in Europe for decades.

Sri Lankan PM warns nation of difficult times ahead

Published On: May 17, 2022 04:45 PM NPT By: Republica

COLOMBO, May 17: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Monday that the South Asian country's economy is extremely precarious with the next few months being a very hard time, and urged Sri Lankans to work together to overcome the difficulties.

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Published On: May 17, 2022 01:00 PM NPT By: Reuters

LONDON/BASRA, May 17: Iraq's oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over its oilfields and led to an exodus of international oil majors that Baghdad wants to invest in its creaking economy.

KYIV, Ukraine, May 17: The regiment that doggedly defended a steel mill as Ukraine’s last stronghold in the port city of Mariupol declared its mission complete Monday after more than 260 fighters, including some badly wounded, were evacuated and taken to areas under Russia’s control.

NATO expects Turkey not to hold up Finland, Sweden membership

Published On: May 16, 2022 07:43 AM NPT By: Reuters

BERLIN/STOCKHOLM, May 16: NATO and the United States said on Sunday they were confident Turkey would not hold up membership of Finland and Sweden in the Western military alliance, as the two Nordic states took firm steps to join in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

HELSINKI, May 15: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned his Finnish counterpart Saturday that relations between the two neighbors could be “negatively affected” if Finland follows through with plans to apply for NATO membership.