Two brothers who had dominated Sri Lanka's politics for nearly 20 years have gone their separate ways.
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He replaces the president's brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned amid deadly street protests.
Sri Lanka has been suffering its worst economic crisis in history, with a severe shortage of foreign exchange stalling essential imports, including drugs and fuel.
Hindus and Muslims have argued for decades for control over a religious site Mathura, echoing other quarrels between the two groups in India that have flared into deadly riots.
Foreign countries are greeting the makeup of the new government in Afghanistan with caution and dismay.
India on Monday registered a record 273,810 new daily infections and 1,619 deaths. Its total number of cases now stands at more than 15 million, second only to the United States.
Experts say rampant construction is adding to the burden weighing on rural communities across the Himalayas.
Hundreds of Indian soldiers descended on the picturesque village of Pinglan, which is surrounded by south Kashmir's apple and apricot orchards, just before midnight on Feb. 17. By the time they left 18 hours later, one civilian, three armed militants, and five members of the ...
In a desert tent guarded by armed police and a well-built bouncer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is blessing a constant stream of pilgrims, who garland her with marigolds and kneel to touch her feet. Tripathi, a tattooed transgender leader and a former reality TV star, has ...