World Briefs: Corbyn vows to 'force an early general election'

Corbyn vows to 'force an early general election'

LONDON••• • British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to "try to force an early general election" after Prime Minster Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority, in an interview published yesterday.

MrCorbyn told the left-wing newspaper The Daily Mirror that it was "ludicrous" to believe the Conservatives' minority government could survive, and that his party "will challenge this government at every step and try to force an early general election".


Sri Lankan doctors end 3-day strike

COLOMBO•••Sri Lankan doctors ended a three-day strike following talks with the government, ending a crisis that reportedly left tens of thousands of patients at state-run hospitals stranded.

The Government Medical Officers Association had stopped work last Thursday to demand the closure of a private medical college established in 2008, protesting against its allegedly poor standards of education.


UN adopts China-led human rights resolution

BEIJING•• • The West's monopoly on rights has been dealt a blow by the United Nations' decision to adopt a China-led resolution saying development promotes human rights, an editorial in the official paper of China's ruling Communist Party said yesterday.

The UN Human Rights Council last Thursday adopted a China-led resolution on "The Contribution Of Development To The Enjoyment Of All Human Rights", the first time it adopted a resolution on development issues, the official Xinhua news agency reported.


Voting begins in Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY• • Papua New Guinea began voting for a new Parliament yesterday in a two week-long election to decide who will lead the resource-rich nation through a period of significant economic uncertainty. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is in a strong position to retain power, although experts say elections in the South Pacific nation are hugely unpredictable.


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