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Former Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, surrounded by party parliamentarians, participates in religious observances after signing his letter of resignation from the post at his official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka. File photograph: M.A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Sri Lanka’s embattled prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, only a month and a half after taking office and giving the country’s pres(...)

Supporters of Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, celebrate outside the supreme court  in Colombo on Thursday after it ruled the president’s dissolution of parliament was illegal. Photograph: Reuters

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament ahead of its term is unconstitutional, the country’s supreme court ruled (...)

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley, who is facing fresh calls to quit amid claims the DUP MP failed to declare another luxury holiday to parliamentary authorities. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ian Paisley jnr is facing fresh calls to resign amid claims the DUP MP failed to declare another luxury holiday to parliamentary authorities. In July(...)

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds on stage at the DUP annual party conference in Belfast on Saturday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

“Bin the backstop,” said Nigel Dodds. “Junk the backstop,” said Boris Johnson. That in a nutshell was what the DUP’s annual conference was about in r(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster at her party’s    annual conference at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Belfast.  Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA

DUP leader Arlene Foster when delivering her keynote speech at her party’s annual conference rejected the British government “spin” that the only choi(...)

A handler bathes Coconut, a female elephant, at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre  in the northern town of Mathura, India. Photograph:  Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

India’s first elephant hospital has opened to care for the animals that constitute an important part of the country’s folklore and culture, but whose (...)

Yan’an, in the Shanbei region of China’s Shaanxi province: “the dusty birthplace of an epochal story of social change, where an agrarian, inward-looking country evolved into the world’s second-biggest economy”. Photograph:  Getty Images

The sun is setting above Yan’an, where the 1949 revolution in China that swept the communists to power under the leadership of chairman Mao Zedong spr(...)

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa  in Colombo on Wednesday. His appointment has triggered a week of political turmoil. Photograph:  Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

The president of Sri Lanka has agreed to reconvene parliament next week to resolve a constitutional crisis that has left it unclear who the country’s(...)

Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaks at a protest against his removal in Colombo. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty

More than 10,000 protesting supporters of Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, brought parts of the capital Colombo to a standstil(...)

 A crowd clashes   with Sri Lankan police  outside the state-run  Ceylon Petroleum Corporation head office where a shooting took place. Photograph:  M.A.Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Sri Lanka’s president has said the main reason he decided to sack his prime minister was the alleged involvement of a cabinet minister in a plot to as(...)

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