Economy has collapsed, unable to buy oil: Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

PM Ranil Wickremesinghe told the parliament that the country is “facing a far more serious situation beyond the mere shortages of fuel, gas, electricity and food. Our economy has completely collapsed.” While Sri Lanka’s crisis is considered its worst in recent memory, Wickremesinghe’s assertion that the economy has collapsed did not cite any specific new …

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1,000 dead in deadliest quake in 2 decades in Afghanistan

A powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing at least 1,000 people and injuring 1,500 more in the country‚Äôs deadliest quake in two decades. Officials warned that the already grim toll may still rise. The European seismological agency said the tremors were felt over 500km by 119 million people …

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Sri Lanka’s Parliament sessions curbed as fuel crisis bites

Sri Lanka’s Parliament sessions will be restricted to two days this week instead of four amid the current fuel supply crisis in the country, the leader of the House, Dinesh Gunawardena, said on Tuesday. The island nation, home to around 22 million people, is currently facing its worst economic crisis in more than 70 years. …

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Sri Lanka troops open fire to contain fuel riots

Police said four civilians and three soldiers were wounded when the army opened fire for the first time to quell unrest linked to the worsening economic crisis. Sri Lanka is suffering its worst economic crisis since independence, with the country unable to find dollars to import essentials, including food, fuel and medicines.

2 killed in attack on gurdwara in Afghan capital Kabul

At least two persons were killed and seven sustained injuries in an attack on a gurdwara in Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, following a blast in a car loaded with explosives, officials said. The ministry of external affairs has expressed concern over reports of the attack. “We are closely monitoring the situation,” foreign ministry spokesman …

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