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Nicola Sturgeon quits to let new leader build case for Scottish independence

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a news conference at Bute House where she announced she will stand down as first minister, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain February 15, 2023. Jane Barlow/Pool via REUTERS

London, UKReuters Nicola Sturgeon resigned as Scottish First Minister on Wednesday, saying her dominance over her party and the country was no longer the asset it once was in the fight for an independent Scotland.  In power since 2014, she said she had become too divisive – and too tired – to reach across the […]

Sri Lanka marks independence anniversary amid economic woes

Sri Lankan government soldiers march carrying national flags during the 75th Independence Day ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. Sri Lanka marks the anniversary of independence from British colonial rule on Feb. 4 each year. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Colombo, Sri Lanka AP Sri Lanka marked its 75th independence anniversary on Saturday as a bankrupt nation, with many citizens angry, anxious and in no mood to celebrate. President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has started to improve some but not all of the acute shortages, acknowledged the somber state of the nation, saying in a televised speech, “We […]

Blow for Scottish nationalists as UK court rejects independence vote bid

UK London Scottish independence supporters

London, UKReuters The Scottish Government cannot hold a second referendum on independence without approval from the British parliament, the United Kingdom’s top court ruled on Wednesday, dealing a hammer blow to nationalists’ hopes of holding a vote next year. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, had announced earlier this […]

Brazil to display heart of monarch who declared independence in 1822

Brazil Brasilia arrival of the heart of Dom Pedro I

Brasilia, BrazilReuters The heart of Portuguese monarch Dom Pedro I, who declared Brazilian independence from Portugal 200 years ago and was named “emperor” of Brazil, arrived from Portugal on Monday and will be put on display as part of independence anniversary celebrations. The heart has been kept in an urn with formaldehyde in the Portuguese […]

Modi says India aims to become developed nation in 25 years

India Delhi Narendra Modi

New Delhi, India Reuters India will aim to become a developed nation within 25 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a national day address on Monday, with policies to support domestic production in power, defence and digital technology. Speaking from the 17th century Red Fort in Delhi as India celebrates its 75th year of […]

Split families still suffer after 75 years of India-Pakistan partition

Pakistan Ali Hassan Baqai and his family

Karachi, Pakistan/New Delhi, India Reuters Ali Hasan Baqai and Syed Abid Baqai, brothers split for 75 years by the partition of India and Pakistan, talk with their families on a video call, words and tears binding them but with no hope of reunion. Thousands of families like the Baqai brothers’ remain divided three-quarters of a […]

UK’s Prince William says he wants to serve after Caribbean criticism

Bahamas Prince William

London, UKReuters Prince William has said he is committed to service and “not telling people what to do” after a tour of the Caribbean that was marked by protests over the British empire and criticism that the trip reflected a throwback to colonial times. William released the statement at the end of an eight-day tour […]

Jamaica PM tells British royals island nation wants to be independent

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Prince William

Kingston, JamaicaReuters Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday told Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate that his country wants to be “independent” and to address “unresolved” issues, a day after protesters called on the United Kingdom to pay reparations for slavery. The royal couple arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday as part of a […]

Dutch apologise for violence in Indonesian War of Independence

Indonesia Bogor Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

Amsterdam, The NetherlandaReuters The Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday offered a full apology to Indonesia after a historical review found the Dutch had used “excessive violence” in a vain attempt to regain control of their former colony after World War II. Rutte was addressing the study’s findings, which said the Dutch military had […]