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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 11, 2018, 06.53 PM (IST)

Confident of 'sweeping' January 5 snap polls, Rajapakse ends 50-year association with Sirisena's party

Sri Lanka's strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse on Sunday called his five-decade-long association with  Sri Lanka Freedom Party, news agency PTI reported. 

According to reports, Rajapakse has now joined hands with the newly-formed Sri Lanka People's Party (SLPP).

Trump, Erdogan met in Paris, discussed how to respond to Khashoggi's killing

US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan met in Paris on Sunday. The meeting came on the sidelines of a dinner hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron on the occasion of the Armistice Day commemorations.

India is 'very much alive' to emerging threats in Indo-Pacific: Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa

The Indian Air Force is "very much alive" to emerging threats that could arise in the Indo Pacific region, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said Sunday, and asserted that his force was prepared to deal with any challenge to protect India's national interests.

At WWI ceremony Macron urges world leaders to 'build hope, not fear'

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday urged dozens of world leaders marking a century since the end of World War I to come together for a joint "fight for peace". 

"Let us build our hopes rather than playing our fears against each other," he told leaders gathered at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Sri Lanka president Sirisena usurped powers of MPs: Speaker

Sri Lanka's parliamentary Speaker Sunday accused President Maithripala Sirisena of "usurping" the rights of legislators and asked public servants not to carry out his "illegal orders".