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The British tourists were placed third with over 8,000 arrivals. Tourist arrivals to the island nation had slumped since the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings that left 270 persons, including 11 Indians, dead and over 500 injured. (File Image)

Sri Lanka Implements Free Tourist Visas to Nationals From India

The pilot project to offer free visas for the first 30 days would be in force till March 31, 2024, the announcement said

Sri Lanka's new president Ranil Wickremesinghe addresses the media representatives during his visit at the Gangaramaya Buddhist temple in Colombo. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP)

Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president

Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the 8th Executive President of Sri Lanka at the Parliament complex before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya

People sit by the swimming pool as they throng President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's official residence on the second day after it was stormed in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, July 11, 2022.

Sri Lanka president Gotabaya Rajapaksa hits airport standoff in escape attempt

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has promised to resign on Wednesday and clear the way for a 'peaceful transition of power'

Sri Lankans wait at a fuel station after spending hours to unsuccessfully buy kerosene oil in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, April 7, 2022.  (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Lankan fuel pumps may go dry by April end; India's credit line exhausting fast

People have been protesting for weeks over lengthy power cuts and shortage of gas, food and other basic goods

Protestors burn an effigy of acting President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as they demand his resignation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Voting begins to elect Sri Lanka's new president in three-cornered contest

A candidate has to cross the magical figure of 113 in the 225-member House to win the election

Asia

Dark clouds hover in the sky as a fisherman folds his fishing net, ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Sitrang, in South 24 Parganas district. (PTI Photo)(

Cyclone Sitrang hits Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of people evacuated

At least five people had been killed in the districts of Barguna, Narail, Sirajganj and the island district of Bhola

Finance Minister Rajapaksa. (AP Photo)

Sri Lanka announces USD 1 billion economic relief package; says won't default on debt

People owning land below one acre would be given 10,000 rupees (USD 49) subsidy to cultivate food crops, Rajapaksa said

File photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Photo: AFP)

President Xi extends condolences to President Murmu, PM Modi over Guj bridge collapse

As many as 135 people have been killed in the Morbi bridge collapse tragedy and 170 others rescued

This photo provided by the North Korean government, shows what it says a test launch of a hypersonic missile in North Korea Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. (AP)

N Korea says hypersonic missile tested to modernise weaponry

Wednesday's test indicates that the country will press ahead with plans to build powerful, sophisticated missiles

Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi on the sideline of the summit of Caspian Sea littoral states in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on June 29, 2022.  (AP file image)

Putin heads to Tehran for talks with leaders of Iran, Turkey

Putin is seeking to bolster ties with Tehran, a fellow target of severe U.S. sanctions and a potential military and trade partner

Muslim worshippers gather before the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on July 2, 2022.  (Photo by AFP)

Saudi welcomes 1 million for biggest hajj pilgrimage since pandemic

Saudi Arabia now also allows women to attend the hajj unaccompanied by a male relative, a requirement that was dropped last year

 The spokesperson emphasised the fact that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had kept flying in and out of Kabul under "difficult circumstances" when others had ceased their operations. (AP Image)

Pakistan opens air route to Afghanistan for commercial cargo

Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan International Airlines said that it had immediately suspended its operation in Kabul citing 'security reasons'

Victims of a shooting attack are covered on the ground near a synagogue in Jerusalem , Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Palestinian gunman kills 7 near Jerusalem synagogue

The attack came a day after an Israeli military raid killed nine Palestinians in the West Bank

In this May 20, 2021, file photo, Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: AP)

Zalmay Khalilzad resigns as special Afghan envoy, replaced by Thomas West

Thomas West had previously served as the Deputy Special Representative

Africa

In this file photo taken on September 13, 2021 an elerly patient receives the 3rd dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine in Paris. (Photo: AFP)

WHO to meet on Friday to assess new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa

The latest variant is the most heavily mutated version discovered so far

An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached, and syringes, with a flag of the European Union, on November 17, 2020. (AFP)

Poorer and developing nations face vaccine wait as West locks down supply

Based on advance purchase agreements signed with Pfizer, it is calculated that 1.1 billion doses had been snapped up by wealthy nations

Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah poses for the media in Canterbury, England, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (Photo:AP)

Gurnah Nobel prize a 'victory for Tanzania and Africa': govt

Born in 1948, Gurnah has published 10 novels and a number of short stories focusing post-colonialism and the plight of refugees

 In Tswane, the municipality that includes the capital Pretoria, 52 children under the age of 2 diagnosed with the coronavirus have been admitted and one has died. (Bloomberg Image)

Toddlers make up 10% of hospital cases in Omicron epicenter in S.Africa

More kids are being admitted than during the early stages of the country entering the current fourth wave of infections

Europe

Former prime minister Boris Johnson. (Photo: AP)

Boris Johnson eyes comeback bid as UK Tories pick new leader

Former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak and House of Commons leader Penny Mordaunt are among the bookmakers' favourites along with Boris Johnson

A woman runs from a house that's on fire after shelling in Donetsk, on the territory which is under the Government of the Donetsk People's Republic control, eastern Ukraine, Friday, June 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)

Russia may be in Ukraine to stay after 100 days of war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said this week that enemy forces now control almost 20 per cent of the country's territory

Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. (AP)

Russia 'would deploy nuclear arms' near Finland, Sweden if join NATO

Finland said this week it will decide whether to apply for NATO membership within weeks and Sweden is also discussing membership

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss addresses the media in Downing Street in London, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. Truss says she resigns as leader of UK Conservative Party.  (Photo: AP)

Liz Truss resigns as British Prime Minister

She has been in office for just 45 days - the shortest tenure of any British prime minister

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (L) talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as they arrive for a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on January 24, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

NATO sending planes, ships to eastern Europe

Tensions are mounting as the West accuses Moscow of threatening to invade Ukraine by massing over 100,000 troops on its border

Americas

Khalistan supporters protest outside Indian Embassy in Washington, USA. (PTI Photo)

Indian journalist attacked, envoy threatened at Khalistan protest in US

The Indian mission thanked the law enforcement agencies for their prompt response in the matter

Demonstrators burn a placard depicting Indian prime minister Narendra Modi during a Sikh rally outside the Consulate General of India, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on September 25, 2023, following the murder of Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. (AFP)

SFJ protests grip Indian missions in Canada

According to Canadian TV channel CTV News, the protesters burned the Indian flag and shouted slogans against India

US President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with the National Governors Association in the East Room, in Washington.  (AP)

US shoots down unidentified object flying at 40,000 feet above Alaska

The object, which was about the size of a small car, was first detected inside American airspace on Thursday

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price  (AP)

Not familiar with it, familiar with shared values with India: US on BBC documentary

Price said that there are numerous elements that bolster the US' global strategic partnership with India

Oceania

News

Indian student stabbed multiple times in Australia allegedly for cash

The incident took place on Oct 6 at about 10.30 pm, as Shubham Garg walked along the Pacific Highway, NSW Police Force said in a statement

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern walks to the COVID-19 update press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.  (Mark Mitchell Pool photo via AP)

New Zealand extends Delta outbreak lockdown

PM Jacinda Ardern said the initial three-day lockdown, which would have expired overnight Friday, would be extended by another four days

The surge has already overwhelmed testing stations, prompted new vaccine mandates and caused at least one state to cut back on surgeries

Coronavirus cases surge across Australia as omicron explodes

The surge has already overwhelmed testing stations, prompted new vaccine mandates and caused at least one state to cut back on surgeries

This file photo taken on October 23, 2019 shows a giant digital sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. - Facebook said on February 23, 2021 it will lift a contentious ban on Australian news pages "in the coming days", after the government agreed to amend a world-first media law fiercely opposed by the tech giant. (Josh Edelson / AFP)

Facebook to restore Australia news pages as deal reached on media law

Prime Minister Scott Morrison had angrily accused Facebook of making a decision to 'unfriend' Australia

While arrivals from India had triggered the risk assessment, Prime Minister Ardern said the Government would be looking at risks posed by other COVID-19 hotspot countries. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand temporarily suspends entry of travellers from India amid COVID-19 surge

The travel restriction comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new COVID-19 cases in managed isolation on Thursday, of which 17 came from India