Sri Lanka is ‘bankrupt,’ says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Wickremesinghe told lawmakers negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to revive the country’s ‘collapsed’ economy are ‘difficult’ as the South Asian nation of 22 million entered the talks as a as a bankrupt country, rather than a developing one. “We are now participating in the negotiations as a bankrupt country. Therefore, we have to … Read more

Children’s books world reacts to ‘horrible loss’ of Blue Peter book awards | Children and teenagers

The decision to scrap the Blue Peter book awards has been called by authors and agents a “devastating” and “horrible loss” for the book industry, especially for children’s publishing. The award, which was given to both fiction and non-fiction children’s books and promoted through the eponymous children’s TV show, had been running for 22 years. … Read more

UK’s Boris Johnson on the brink as ministers quit

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson clung to power on Wednesday, badly hurt by the resignation of ministers who considered themselves unfit to govern and by a growing number of lawmakers calling for him to leave. Johnson’s finance and health secretaries resigned on Tuesday, along with several in more junior positions, … Read more

‘No safe place’ from Russian artillery as offensive underway in Ukraine’s Donetsk

Heavy shelling in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions Residents stay in ruined Lysychansk basements Russians loot Lysychansk, Sievierodonetsk, says Ukraine Moscow calls Ukraine a ‘terrorist state’ KYIV/SLOVIANSK, Ukraine, July 6 (Reuters) – Ukrainian defenders fought desperately to resist a major Russian offensive in the Donetsk region, with the enemy firing heavy artillery to clear the … Read more

Hollywood actor Michael Shannon to make directorial debut with Brett Neveu’s play ‘Eric Larue’

Hollywood actor Michael Shannon is set to make his directorial debut with ‘Eric Larue’. The film “Eric Larue” is based on Brett Neveu’s play which debuted in 2002 at the A Red Orchid Theater in Chicago, of which Shannon is a founding member. He will direct by adapting Nephew’s screenplay, according to Deadline. The shooting … Read more