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Demonstrators shout slogans against interim Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe during a protest in front of the Fort railway station in Colombo. (Photo by Arun SANKAR/AFP)

Sri Lanka begins vote to replace president Gotabaya Rajapaksa who fled

The winner will take charge of a bankrupt Sri Lanka that is in bailout talks with the IMF, with its 22 million people enduring severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine. Outside the parliament, hundreds of heavily armed troops and police stood guard, but there were no signs of demonstrators.

Prince Harry: Britain's Prince William, second right, Kate, Princess of Wales, right, Prince Harry, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, second left.

‘Furious’ Prince William's relationship with Harry 'irreparable' now after…

Prince Harry's relationship with his brother Prince William is likely to now be irreparable with fresh criticism of the royal family in the Sussexes' Netflix series, a friend of the Prince of Wales said. The two brothers are said to have a fractious relationship as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been critical of the royal family since the couple stepped down from their duties in 2020.

Ishaq Dar Tweet: Pakistan's finance minister Ishaq Dar is seen.

Pakistan finance minister trolled over depression tweet: ‘It means economy is…'

An Islamic prayer to ward off anxiety and depression was tweeted earlier this week by Pakistan's finance minister Ishaq Dar. While the minister tweeted citation of a prayer to his followers, many users from Pakistan interpreted it as his way to deal with the deteriorating financial situation in the country. Earlier this week, Pakistan Business Forum called upon the State Bank of Pakistan to take necessary measures against the 'financial emergency' in the country.

Chile Earthquake: The earthquake was at a depth of 174 kilometers (108.12 miles), EMSC said.

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes Chile

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Antofagasta in Chile on Saturday, European- Mediterranean Siesmological Centre (EMSC) said. The earthquake was at a depth of 174 kilometers (108.12 miles), EMSC said.

Bangladesh Protests: Police fire tear gas to disperse Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) activists.

Bangladesh opposition mounts huge protest in Dhaka: ‘Sheikh Hasina vote thief’

Tens of thousands of supporters of Bangladesh's main opposition party descended on Dhaka to protest against the government of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, demanding fresh elections. "Sheikh Hasina is a vote thief," the protestors chanted as tensions remained high in the capital after security forces stormed the headquarters of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party yesterday, leaving at least one person dead and scores injured, AFP reported.

Russia-Ukraine War: Major Vadym Voroshylov is seen.

A Ukrainian fighter pilot, bloodied selfie and Volodymyr Zelensky's praise

A Ukrainian fighter pilot didn't let a bloodied face get in the way of capturing a selfie after Major Vadym Voroshylov, known by his callsign “Karaya ejected from his MiG-29. Major Vadym Voroshylov, known by his callsign “Karaya,” captured the dramatic shot from under his parachute as he bailed out of his jet over west-central Ukraine, Forbes reported. The Ukrainian MiG-29 pilot captured himself parachuting after he was wounded by debris from a destroyed drone.

Covid In China: Residents walk near pandemic prevention workers in protective suits in a locked-down residential compound as outbreaks of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continue in Beijing.

China cracks down on drug price rising amid fears of Covid spike

China announced 10 measures on Wednesday that loosened key parts of President Xi Jinping's signature zero-COVID policy, in a dramatic pivot toward economic reopening. But concerns are increasing of a spike in infections as people scramble for cough medicines, flu drugs and masks. A working group under the State Council, China's cabinet, issued a notice late on Friday, urging local governments to ensure smooth transport and logistics to maintain normal living and working order.

Donald Trump: Former President Donald Trump stands on stage.

It's not a good time to be Donald Trump. The bad news never stops

Having launched a new bid for the White House, Donald Trump has not been met with the energy he had been hoping for. Quite the opposite, in fact. "In all, it has been a truly terrible launch of a presidential campaign," said political science professor at George Washington University, Lara Brown, noting that the one-term former US president has stumbled through "one scandal after another."

China-Taiwan Conflict: A Chinook helicopter carrying a Taiwan flag flies over the city during the country's National Day celebration in Taipei, Taiwan.

Punishment? China suspends alcohol imports from Taiwan: Report

China suspended the import of a selection of alcoholic beverages from Taiwan including products from state-owned Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corp., according to Taiwan's official Central News Agency. Legend Brewery, Yunshan Distillery and Taihu Brewing were among companies whose products were included, according to the report. China also halted imports of some other beverages, including Uni-President Enterprises Corp. products, according to Taiwan's Next Apple News website.

Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales and Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales are seen.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's friend dies in plane crash along with son

Prince William revealed that a close friend of his and Kate Middleton's has been tragically killed along with his son in a plane crash. Read more: King Charles 50 pence coins enter circulation in UK Mark Jenkins and his son Peter were flying over Tsavo National Park in Kenya when their plane came down over the conservation area. The friends first met on Prince William's gap year and have met-up a number of times since.

Afghanistan: Taliban fighters stand guard as they block a road near Kabul.

Taliban plans more restrictions to silence Afghanistan media: Report

The Taliban pushed Afghan media outlets in the country to the margin once again, asserting that they are planning to formulate a proper direction for the media outlets, Khaama Press reported. The report cited remarks made by an executive of the Information and Cultural Affairs Department of Balkh, Mohammad Younis Rashid, after a recent gathering in Northern Mazar-e-Sharif province.

Australia: A woman holds a placard with a picture of Iranian woman Mahsa Amini during a protest against her death.

Australia sanctions Iran's morality police, Russia over human rights violations

Australia's foreign minister on Saturday said the government would place targeted sanctions on Russia and Iran in response to what it said were "egregious" human rights violations. In a statement, Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Australia was imposing Magnitsky-style sanctions on 13 individuals and two entities, including Iran's Morality Police and Basij Resistance Force, and six Iranians involved in the crackdown on protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in custody in September.

Chances high for Putin's participation in 2023 G20 Summit: Russian Sherpa

Chances high for Putin's participation in 2023 G20 Summit: Russian Sherpa

Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to participate in the G20 Summit in New Delhi in September 2023, Russia's G20 (Sherpa) Svetlana Lukash has stated. India took over the G20 presidency from Indonesia on December 1. Putin had skipped the G20 Summit in Indonesia. The first G20 Sherpa meeting under India's Presidency kicked off in Udaipur on December 5 where Lukash said that digital transformation and innovations are key drivers of growth and development.

Russia-Ukraine War: Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen.

Vladimir Putin's jibe at US on 'pre-emptive' nuclear strike: ‘We’re thinking…'

Russian president Vladimir Putin said that Moscow could include possibility of a pre-emptive strike in its military doctrine, in an apparent reference to nuclear attack while speaking with reporters in Kyrghyzstan. The Russian president said Moscow was considering whether to adopt what he called Washington's concept of a pre-emptive strike. ?First of all, the United States has the concept of a preemptive strike. Second, it is developing a disarming strike system,? Vladimir Putin said.

Covid In China: A woman wearing a face mask stands near a mural depicting a dragon in Beijing.

Beijing approves mRNA vaccines for German nationals in China

Beijing will grant German nationals living in China access to mRNA vaccines produced by the European country, according to the foreign ministry. ?China and Germany have reached agreement on providing German vaccines for German nationals in China, and relevant arrangements will be discussed and determined by the two sides through diplomatic channels,? a ministry spokeswoman, Mao Ning, said Friday at a briefing. Read more: Elton John says he will 'no longer use Twitter'.

Elton John Leaves Twitter: Elton John performs "Bennie and the Jets" as he wraps up the US leg of his tour.

Elton John says he will ‘no longer use Twitter’. Elon Musk's hopeful response

Iconic British singer-songwriter Sir Elton John, in the midst of his massive farewell tour, decided to bid farewell to Twitter, citing "misinformation" as the reason. Twitter CEO Elon Musk responded, "I love your music. Hope you come back. Is there any misinformation in particular that you're concerned about?" Twitter earlier said that it would no longer enforce a rule intended to combat misinformation regarding the Covid outbreak.

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