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by Melani Manel Perera

The convoy of 100 buses was bound for Mannar. There were no casualties. The presidential election is today. As of 2 pm (local time), the average turnout topped 60 per cent. Official results are expected on Monday.

 

| 16/11/2019
| SRI LANKA

The stolen artefacts include nine buddha heads and a torso discovered in crates at Heathrow airport in 2002. Since 2009, the British Museum has returned 2,354 works of art to Afghanistan, Iraq and Uzbekistan.

| 16/11/2019
| AFGHANISTAN
by Emanuele Scimia

Xi Jinping sang the praises of the New Silk Roads during his recent Greece trip. Faced with a stagnant economy, many European countries are desperate for Chinese investment, but risk becoming tributary vassals of Beijing. The West should create a serious alternative to China’s mega-infrastructure project.

 

| 16/11/2019
| CHINA – EUROPE

The site’s long restoration ended last month. It started in 2009 and cost US.1 million. Orthodox Jews claim the site and demand free access to what they consider a place of worship. French regulations provide for limited access, upon purchase of a ticket.

| 16/11/2019
| ISRAEL - FRANCE

The Court convicted Nguyễn Năng Tĩnh, 43, over some messages posted on a Facebook account which he says is not his. The trial was postponed for a month because the Court prohibited his lawyers from copying the case files.

| 16/11/2019
| VIETNAM
Denise Ho Thanksgiving (credits to Guardians of Hong Kong)
Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 3of3
Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 2of3
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