Sri Lankan govt survives no confidence vote Jul 12, 2019 0 440 12345 dpaColomboThe ruling party in Sri Lanka survived a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday over allegations by an opposition party that the government had failed to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings that claimed 262 lives.The motion, proposed by the Marxist People’s Liberation Front (JVP), was defeated by 119-92. The ruling United National Party (UNP), which leads a minority government after a few defections last year, secured the support of the opposition Tamil party to defeat the motion. The JVP claimed the government had failed in its duty to protect citizens by not heeding advance warnings about the attacks from security services and taking appropriate precautions.The government has argued the warnings did not include specific information about the suicide bomb attacks, which were carried out April 21 on three churches and three luxury hotels.The UNP would have been required to step down and call fresh elections if the no-confidence motion had passed.Sri Lanka is due to hold presidential elections later this year while a parliamentary election is due to be held before August of next year. RELATED ARTICLES 16 killed, dozens injured in Pakistan train crash Jul 12, 2019 0 1871 UN launches probe into Philippines drug war deaths Jul 12, 2019 0 2123 Water train set to relieve drought-hit Tamil Nadu Jul 12, 2019 0 1603 Fierce storm kills seven in Greek tourist peninsula AFP Thessaloniki, Greece Seven people died and at least 23 were injured as a fierce storm ripped through beachfronts in one of Greece’s top tourist areas, terrifying thousands of holidaymakers caught in the open, .. Trump to announce executive action on census citizenship Reuters WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Thursday will announce an executive action over his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census despite ongoing court challenges, two .. Majority of US vets say Afghan war ‘not worth fighting’: Poll AFP Washington A majority of US military veterans say the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan was “not worth fighting,” according to poll results released on Wednesday. The survey results come as the US and the Taliban .. France defies US probe to pass law taxing digital giants AFP Paris France’s parliament on Thursday passed a law making it the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, defying a probe ordered by an angry US President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs. .. UK’s new US envoy will be appointed by new PM: Minister LONDON: The appointment of Britain’s ambassador to the United States is likely to be made by the next British prime minister rather than outgoing leader Theresa May, senior minister Liz Truss told journalists on .. Merkel sits during anthems after shaking spells Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday insisted she took care of her health after remaining seated during national anthems at an official ceremony, in a rare change of protocol apparently to prevent a .. India hands over 250 houses for Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine NEW DELHI: India has handed over 250 prefabricated houses it built in Myanmar’s Rakhine state as part of a broader effort to help tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to return, an Indian official said on Thursday. An ..