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WASHINGTON | Former Attorney General William Barr may get old job again

WASHINGTON— William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a top contender for that job in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, two people familiar with the president’s selection process said Thursday. The appointment of a new attorney general would come at a precarious time as special counsel Robert Mueller’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Former Attorney General William Barr may get old job again

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Rajapaksa critics win control of Sri Lanka Parliament panel

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka— Lawmakers opposed to disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa won control of a key committee setting Parliament’s agenda during a vote Friday that dealt a severe blow to his leadership. Sri Lanka has been in a political crisis since Oct. 26 when the president abruptly fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed Rajapaksa. … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Rajapaksa critics win control of Sri Lanka Parliament panel

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Opponents of Rajapaksa win control of panel in Parliament

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka— Lawmakers opposed to disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa won control of a key committee setting Parliament’s agenda during a crucial vote on Friday that dealt a severe blow to his government. Sri Lanka has been in political crisis since Oct. 26 when the president abruptly fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Opponents of Rajapaksa win control of panel in Parliament

LONDON | UK’s May to meet with Austrian leader to help Brexit bid

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet Austria’s chancellor to build support for her Brexit plan ahead of a possible Sunday summit. May plans to meet Thursday with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country holds the rotating European Union presidency. The U.K. and the European Union agreed last week on a 585-page … Continue reading LONDON | UK’s May to meet with Austrian leader to help Brexit bid

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka  | Sri Lankan president: I dissolved Parliament to avoid fight

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka  — Sri Lanka’s president said he dissolved Parliament and called elections to avoid possible violence inside Parliament and around the country if a vote had to be taken to decide whether his chosen prime minister or his sacked rival had the majority support. In a televised address to the nation Sunday evening, … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka  | Sri Lankan president: I dissolved Parliament to avoid fight

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka president: PM was sacked over assassination plot

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka  — Sri Lanka’s president said Sunday he sacked his prime minister mainly because of the alleged involvement of a Cabinet minister in a plot to assassinate him. In a televised address to the nation, President Maithripala Sirisena said a person questioned by investigators had revealed the name of a minister in an … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka president: PM was sacked over assassination plot

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka’s crisis deepens as president suspends Parliament

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president suspended Parliament even as the prime minister he fired the previous day claimed he has majority support, adding to a growing political crisis in the South Asian island nation. Chaminda Gamage, a spokesman for the parliamentary speaker, confirmed that President Maithripala Sirisena had suspended Parliament until Nov. 16. … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka’s crisis deepens as president suspends Parliament

BAGHDAD | Iraq’s president to take office, independent tapped as PM

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new president is set to take office after tapping an independent Shiite lawmaker for the post of prime minister. Barham Salih, a longtime Kurdish politician, will assume power in a formal handover ceremony on Wednesday, a day after being elected and sworn in by parliament. Under an unofficial agreement dating back to … Continue reading BAGHDAD | Iraq’s president to take office, independent tapped as PM