Sri Lankan police block students heading towards president’s home May 20, 2022 0 0 12345 dpa ColomboSri Lankan police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse a student demonstration trying to make its way towards the president’s house in the capital on Thursday.Sri Lanka has been hit by an unprecedented economic crisis over the past few months resulting in severe fuel, gas and medicine shortages and leading to widespread calls for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down.Police obtained a court order preventing the more than 1,000 students from entering the area, but the demonstrators ignored the ruling.The students eventually dispersed after tear gas and water cannons were used, police spokesman Nihal Thalduwa said. The president has been confined to his official residence for the past eight weeks due to the unrest.Mahinda Rajapaksa, the brother of the president, quit as prime minister on May 9 after a wave of protests and sometimes violence.The new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has vowed to boost the economy and end fuel, gas and medicine shortages. He has initiated discussions with donor agencies and foreign governments. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES US says North Korea could test missiles during Biden Asia trip May 20, 2022 0 0 Jordanian king restricts half-brother Hamzah’s movements May 20, 2022 0 0 After Malawi WHO confirms a polio case in Mozambique May 20, 2022 0 0 North Korea sees 2 million fever cases a week after COVID confirmed Seoul North Korea has registered almost 2 million fever patients one week after the confirmation of its first official coronavirus cases. On Wednesday, another 262,000 people with fever symptoms were recorded, .. Israeli govt hangs in balance after lawmaker quits dpa Tel Aviv Thursday brought a fresh setback for Israel’s fragile eight-party government coalition, with a parliamentarian from the left-wing Meretz party pulling out in protest at authorities’ treatment of .. Taliban orders women television presenters to cover their faces dpa Islamabad The Taliban has issued an official order that women journalists in all Afghan media outlets must cover their faces while appearing on television, Kabul-based journalists and producers told dpa on ..