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Sri Lanka MPs Fight in Parliament as Power Struggle Deepens

(From The Guardian) Sri Lankan MPs have brawled on the floor of the country’s parliament, putting one in hospital, in the latest escalation of the political turmoil that has left the country without a prime minister or cabinet. MP Dilum...

Esther McVey Latest UK Cabinet Minister to Resign over Brexit Deal

(From Politico) Theresa May’s work and pensions secretary Esther McVey become the second Cabinet minister to resign Thursday over the prime minister’s draft Brexit deal, saying it would be ‘handing over control’ to the EU. McVey quit just an hour...

Saudi Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty for Khashoggi Murder

(From CNN) Saudi prosecutors said Thursday they would seek the death penalty for five people allegedly involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A total of 11 people were charged, the Saudi Public Prosecutor’s office said, adding that the...

Sri Lanka Turmoil Deepens as New PM Loses Confidence Vote

(From Reuters) Sri Lanka’s parliament passed a no-confidence motion against newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa amid raucous opposition on Wednesday, throwing the country deeper into crisis. . . . Sri Lanka has been in turmoil since President Maithripala Sirisena...

FBI: Surge in Hate Crimes in 2017 the Largest Since 9/11

(From UPI) Hate crimes in the United States in 2017 saw the largest increase — to more than 7,000 — since a period immediately after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, new FBI data said Tuesday. The 2017 data...

El Chapo: Trial of Mexican Cartel Boss Begins in New York

(From The Guardian) The long-awaited trial of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has begun in New York, with prosecutors accusing him of heading up the world’s most powerful drug cartel from 1989 to 2014, bringing cocaine into the United States at...

Pentagon: US Lacks “Adequate” Defense against Hypersonic Weapons

(From The Washington Free Beacon) Michael Griffin, the under secretary of defense for research and engineering, said Tuesday the Pentagon has not deployed “adequate” defenses against the highly maneuverable and difficult-to-detect weapons being aggressively pursued by U.S. adversaries. . ....

China’s Communist Party Expands Control under Xi

(From The Washington Free Beacon) China’s Communist Party under Xi Jinping is expanding control over the Chinese government while increasing the use of covert action influence operations, according to a forthcoming congressional report. . . . Xi also has expanded...

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Virginia Redistricting Case

(From The Washington Examiner) The Supreme Court has agreed to hear for the second time arguments in a redistricting dispute over nearly a dozen Virginia state legislative districts. . . . The districts were struck down by a divided lower...