News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Dec 03, 2018, 07:09 PM IST

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A Sri Lankan court today denied Mahinda Rajapakse authority to act as the prime minister.

The court suspended Rajapakse's power and said it could not function till until its legitimacy was established.

Russia's space agency Roscosmos said today it has "successfully launched into orbit" the first manned Soyuz flight to the International Space Station(ISS).

US President Donald Trump has sought Pakistan's help with Afghan peace talks in a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the South Asian nation's information minister, Fawad Chaudhry, said on Monday.

The French government has no plans currently to impose a state of emergency over the "yellow vest" protests which caused chaos and destruction in Paris over the weekend, junior interior minister Laurent Nunez said Monday.

The chief of Britain's foreign intelligence service warned the Kremlin on Monday not to underestimate the West after a brazen nerve agent attack on a retired double agent in England stoked fears about Russian covert activity abroad.