Sri Lanka counts votes from parliament election

COLOMBO Sri Lanka on Thursday began counting votes for a parliament election which President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s party is widely expected to win, cementing his grip on power. Close to 70% of eligible Sri Lankans voted in Wednesday’s election to the 225-member parliament, shrugging off fears of coronavirus. Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said counting had…

US Defence Secy Mark Esper

The world has seen China become “more aggressive” during the COVID-19 pandemic, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said, asserting that the country has deployed troops along the Line of Actual Control with India and is acting out in a way that is “inconsistent” with international norms. Esper said Beijing was trying to use…

Pandemic Magnifies Plight of Amazon’s Indigenous Population, Leaves Them More Vulnerable Than Ever

The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have already seen their homelands ravaged by illegal deforestation, industrial farming, mining, oil exploration and unlawful occupation of their ancestral territories. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has magnified their plight, just as the forest fires are raging once more. The Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, is a vital…