Bernard Smith

Bernard Smith

Asia Pacific

Iran renews nuclear deal ultimatum at Tajikistan summit

Iran’s president uses conference in Tajikistan of leaders and diplomats from more than 30 Asian countries to reinforce May ultimatum.

Iran renews nuclear deal ultimatum at Tajikistan summit

Asia

Sri Lanka anniversary: 10 years since civil war ended

The UN estimates that 40,000 civilians were killed in the last few months of the fighting as the government launched its final assault on the Tamil Tigers.

Sri Lanka anniversary: 10 years since civil war ended

Asia

Sri Lanka: Curfew lifted amid religious tension

Government minister says 'Buddhist extremists' are behind the anti-Muslim attacks this week, following the Easter Sunday attacks.

Sri Lanka: Curfew lifted amid religious tension

Middle East

Algeria: How will Bouteflika’s 20-year rule be remembered?

A review of his presidency after he announced his resignation following a mass protest movement.

Algeria: How will Bouteflika’s 20-year rule be remembered?

Middle East

Palestinians reopen Al-Aqsa gate locked by Israel 16 years ago

The Waqf, or trust, says locking the gate is an example of Israel trying to assert itself inside the Al-Aqsa compound.

Palestinians reopen Al-Aqsa gate locked by Israel 16 years ago

Middle East

West Bank: Muslims saying access to holy sites restricted

In occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, many Muslim worshippers find Israeli security presence intimidating.

West Bank: Muslims saying access to holy sites restricted

Asia Pacific

Thousands hit by record floods in Australia

What is being described as once-in-a-century rainfall is causing catastrophic flooding in northeast Australia.

Thousands hit by record floods in Australia

Europe

France opposition capitalising on protests ahead of EU vote?

President Emmanuel Macron's rivals hope to gain representatives from European parliament with 'yellow vest' effect.

France opposition capitalising on protests ahead of EU vote?

France

France sees pockets of violence in 'yellow vest' protests

Protesters are blocked from reaching the Elysee Palace by police, but violence between demonstrators and police is less common after six weeks.

France sees pockets of violence in 'yellow vest' protests

Europe

France protests: Businesses lose more than $1.5bn

'Yellow vest' protests against high taxes, falling living standards have taken a massive bite from tourism revenue.

France protests: Businesses lose more than $1.5bn

Asia

Political crisis, tumbling rupee add to Sri Lanka's economic woes

Paying back just got harder as political crisis sends Sri Lankan rupee to its lowest level against US dollar.

Political crisis, tumbling rupee add to Sri Lanka's economic woes

Asia

Rajapaksa loses no-confidence vote amid parliamentary chaos

In Sri Lanka, for the second time this week, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa loses a vote of no confidence even as his supporters try to disrupt proceedings.

Rajapaksa loses no-confidence vote amid parliamentary chaos