Sri Lanka, Nov 23 (AP/UNB) — Lawmakers supporting disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa have walked out of Sri Lanka's Parliament to protest the speaker's actions during an ongoing political crisis.
On Oct. 26, President Maithripala Sirisena abruptly fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed Rajapaksa to the position. Wickremesinghe has said he still has the support of a majority in Parliament.
Last week, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced Sri Lanka had no prime minister or government after Parliament passed a no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa. He has refused to accept the results of the no-confidence motion, saying proper procedures were not followed.
Wimal Weerawansa, a lawmaker supporting Rajapaksa, accused Jayasuriya of being partial to Wickremesinghe. Jayasuriya was elected to parliament from Wickremesinghe's United National Party.
India, Nov 23 (AP/UNB) — Indian security forces shot and killed six suspected insurgents in a fierce exchange of gunfire early Friday in the Indian portion of Kashmir, police said.
The shooting took place when security forces attacked a suspected rebel hideout in the foothills of the Waghama Sutkipora area of south Kashmir, a police statement said.
News of the deaths triggered protests by hundreds of civilians opposed to Indian rule. They took to the streets in at least four places in south Kashmir's Anantnag district and clashed with government forces while raising anti-India and pro-rebel slogans.
Security forces fired in the air and used tear gas to disperse the protesters, who attacked them with rocks in the Khanabal area of Anantnag town, witnesses said. However, there were no reports of any injuries.
Police said security forces recovered six bodies and the rifles carried by the suspected rebels.
Rebel groups have been fighting Indian rule since 1989 demanding Kashmir's independence or merger with Pakistan. About 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.
India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.
Dhaka, 23 Nov (UNB)- US President Donald Trump has said the CIA did not conclude that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi was killed on 2 October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Officials told US media such an operation would have needed the prince's approval. But Saudi Arabia maintains it was a "rogue operation".
"They didn't conclude," Mr Trump said when asked about the CIA's evaluation by reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
His comments on Thursday came as the Saudi crown prince began a regional tour of the Middle East, starting with the United Arab Emirates - his first official trip abroad since Khashoggi was killed.
The crown prince is also expected to participate in a G20 meeting of world leaders in Buenos Aires at the end of the month that will be attended by leaders from the US, Turkey and a number of European countries.
Meanwhile, France has announced that it is imposing sanctions on 18 Saudi nationals - the same individuals targeted with sanctions by the US, UK and Germany - allegedly linked to the Khashoggi murder.
Their list of individuals does not include the crown prince, a spokesperson for the French ministry of foreign affairs said.
"They have feelings certain ways. I have the report, they have not concluded, I don't know if anyone's going to be able to conclude the crown prince did it," Mr Trump told reporters in Florida.
"But whether he did or whether he didn't, he denies it vehemently. His father denies it, the king, vehemently," he added.
His statement said: "[It] could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"
The president has repeatedly stressed the importance of Saudi Arabia to the US following the killing, calling the kingdom a "steadfast partner" that has agreed to invest "a record amount of money" in the country.
Saudi Arabia says claims that the crown prince may have ordered the Khashoggi killing are false and maintains that he knew nothing about it.
The Gulf kingdom's public prosecutor earlier said that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate as a result of a "rogue operation" on the orders of an intelligence officer.
Khashoggi was given a lethal injection after a struggle. His body was then dismembered inside the consulate in Istanbul and the body parts were handed over to a local "collaborator" outside the grounds, the prosecutor said.
He said investigations had "revealed that the person who ordered the killing was the head of the negotiations team", but did not identify any of the 11 people charged with the murder.
Pakistan, Nov 23 (AP/UNB) — Three gunmen stormed the Chinese Consulate in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Friday, triggering an intense, hour-long shootout during which two police officers and all the assailants were killed, officials said.
All the Chinese diplomats and staff at the consulate were safe and were not harmed during the assault or the shootout, said senior police official Ameer Ahmad Sheikh.
The Baluch Liberation Army, a separatist group based in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, claimed responsibility for the attack and released photos of the three attackers. Karachi, the capital of neighboring Sindh province, has a militant presence, including Baluch separatists.
The attackers stormed the consulate shortly after 9 a.m., during business hours. They first opened fire at consulate guards and then managed to breach the main gate and enter the building, said Mohammad Ashfaq, a local police chief.
Pakistani security forces quickly surrounded the area. Local TV broadcast images showing smoke rising from the building, which also serves as the residence of Chinese diplomats and other staff.
Multiple blasts were heard soon afterward but Sheikh could not say what they were. After the shootout, which lasted for about an hour, the situation as brought under control.
"Because of a quick response of the guards and police, the terrorists could not" reach the Chinese diplomats, Sheikh said after the fighting ended. "We have completed the operation, and a search is still underway to trace and capture all suspects."
Sheikh said one of the attackers was wearing a suicide vest. Authorities will try and identify the assailants through fingerprints.
Dr Seemi Jamali, a spokeswoman at the Jinnah Hospital, said the bodies of two police officers were brought to the hospital morgue while one of the consulate guards who was wounded, is under treatment.
China is a longtime ally and has invested heavily in transport projects in Pakistan. The two countries have strengthened ties in recent years and China is currently building a network of roads and power plants under a project known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC.
Mexico, Nov 23 (AP/UNB) — A small group of Central American migrants marched peacefully to a border crossing in Tijuana Thursday to demand better conditions and push to enter the U.S.
Mexican police watched closely as authorities from the National Human Rights Commission and the Grupo Beta migrant support agency told the migrants their needs would be addressed.
They urged them to apply for humanitarian visas in Mexico and seek work in Tijuana, where they said thousands of jobs were available.
But Oscar Rodriguez, 22, of Colon, Honduras, said he was still set on convincing "the United States to open its doors to us."
Several thousand Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana last week more than a month after leaving Honduras in a caravan.
The U.S. government only processes about 100 asylum applications per day at Tijuana's main crossing to San Diego and there were already several thousand migrants on a waiting list. Some outspoken Tijuana residents have given the migrants a cold reception leaving them stuck between the city, whose mayor said they aren't wanted, and a U.S. president who is trying to keep them out.
Rodriguez said U.S. meddling in Honduran politics had created conditions that made it impossible to him to live there.
"Thousands more people are going to continue coming because the United States is a government that sticks its hands into Central American governments," Rodriguez said. He said Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who was re-elected in a disputed result last year, is the United States-chosen president.
The U.S. government was quick to recognize Hernandez's victory despite widespread allegations of irregularities. Rodriguez, who works in private security, blamed Hernandez for violently repressing demonstrations against his government.