Day: May 11, 2022
A legislator from Sri Lanka’s ruling party shot dead an anti-government protester and then took his own life during a confrontation outside the capital, police said Monday. Amarakeerthi Athukorala opened fire and critically wounded two people blocking his car in the town of Nittambuwa, police said, adding that one of the victims died of his injuries.
China’s two largest cities tightened Covid-19 curbs on Monday, fuelling public angst and even questions about the legality of its uncompromising battle with the virus that has battered the world’s second-largest economy.In Shanghai, enduring its sixth week of lockdown, authorities have launched a new push to end infections outside quarantine zones by late May, according to people familiar with the matter.
The son and namesake of ousted Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos took a commanding lead in an unofficial count of more than 60% of the votes in Monday’s presidential election in the deeply divided Asian democracy. Marcos Jr. had more than 20.9 million votes, far ahead of his closest challenger, current Vice President Leni Robredo, a champion of human rights, who had 9.9 million votes.
Russia’s ambassador to Poland was splattered with red paint thrown at him by protesters opposed to the war in Ukraine, preventing him from paying respects on Monday at a Warsaw cemetery to Red Army soldiers who died during World War II. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova denounced the attack, saying on her messaging app channel that “we won’t be scared” while the “people of Europe should be scared to see their reflection in a mirror.”
Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Monday he was quitting to help form an interim, unity government. “Multiple stakeholders have indicated the best solution to the present crisis is the formation of an interim all-party government,” his resignation letter said. Video footage from local media showed the ancestral home of the Rajapaksa family in the southern city of Hambantota ablaze.
Yoon Suk-yeol was sworn in as South Korean president on Tuesday in a huge ceremony at Seoul’s National Assembly, taking office at a time of high tensions with the nuclear-armed North.
“After a pre-dawn operation, the former PM and his family were evacuated to safety by the army,” a top security official told AFP. “At least 10 petrol bombs were thrown into the compound.” Rajapaksa’s evacuation to an undisclosed location followed a day of violent protests in which five people, including a lawmaker, were killed and nearly 200 wounded.
Joe Biden, speaking at a political fundraiser in a Washington suburb, said Putin had mistakenly believed the invasion of Ukraine would break up NATO and break up the European Union.
Lee Ming-che was arrested by Chinese authorities in 2017 and charged with subversion of state power. His arrest was China’s first criminal prosecution of a nonprofit worker since Beijing passed a law tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations in 2016.