Netanyahu rival seeks support from PM's party to form government
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's centrist rival Benny Gantz Saturday urged leaders of the premier's Likud party to join him in forming a government after their chief's indictment on corruption charges. "In light of the circumstances, I call for the formation of the largest possible government under my leadership," Gantz told a news conference, addressing members of the right-wing Likud.
Colombo: Sri Lanka plunged deeper into crisis on Saturday after President Maithripala Sirisena called a snap "The US is deeply concerned by news the Sri Lanka parliament will be dissolved, further Sirisena's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) admitted ahead of the president's stunning
Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka 's President Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved the country's parliament and declared a snap election on January 5 Sirisena said in an official gazette notification that the dissolution of the currently suspended parliament will take effect at midnight, and a new
Sri Lanka's new president suspended parliament for a month from Tuesday ahead of snap elections he wants to call in March to consolidate his sweeping victory.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, elected president last month in a landslide, issued a proclamation overnight proroguing the legislature and said a new session will begin from January 3.
Rajapaksa, 70, is hoping to ride a wave of popularity by calling an election six months before the current parliament's five-year term expires in August.
Hong Kong pro-democrats seek to hit government at district polls
Hong Kong votes in district council elections Sunday in a ballot the city's pro-democracy movement hopes will send a message to the Beijing-backed government. In contrast, members of the city's legislature are elected by a mix of the popular vote and industry groups stacked with Beijing loyalists. The city's chief executive is chosen by a similarly pro-establishment committee.Analysts expect pro-democracy candidates to make gains in the district councils, but to still fall well short of a majority of the 452 slots.In a bid to get out their vote, pro-democracy groups have made "HOW TO CAST A VOTE" airdrops.
Sri Lanka 's Supreme Court has suspended the president's move to dissolve parliament , as a political crisis in the island nation deepens. President Maithripala Sirisena shocked the nation by sacking parliament and calling snap elections on Friday. The dramatic decision came two weeks after Mr
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka . President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday dissolved the country's parliament and announced snap polls as the country plunges With two people claiming to be prime ministers, Sirisena was left with no option but to dissolve the parliament and call for early elections on Jan.
He has already ordered major tax cuts in a bid to boost an economy still struggling after deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings that crippled the country's booming tourism sector.
A 15-percent value-added tax was cut to eight percent, while another two-percent goods and services tax was abolished from this month.
The construction industry -- which has slumped hard this year -- also saw its corporate tax burden cut from 28 to 14 percent.
The official announcement of calling a fresh session of the legislature will give the minority government of Rajapaksa more control over parliamentary oversight committees.
Rajapaksa is the younger brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa, president from 2005-15 when Gotabaya effectively ran the security forces.
Together they spearheaded the end of Sri Lanka's civil war with Tamil separatists in 2009 when an estimated 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the military.
Snapchat Cameos lets you insert your face into a GIF .
Snapchat's secret weapon is its uncanny face-swapping and -tracking algorithms, and it has just deployed those to great effect in a new chat feature called Cameos. The feature, which leaked out yesterday, inserts your selfie into short, looping videos featuring cats, shopping carts, cars and more. The idea is to send your pals an expressive GIF, starring you. If that sounds a touch creepy, well, you're not wrong. According to a GIF that Snap supplied (above), you can appear as an anthropomorphized cat, someone riding a shopping cart, a giant animated "thumbs down" emoji and more.