News Wrap: Sri Lanka opposition leaders try to form new government amid political upheaval

In our news wrap Sunday, Sri Lanka opposition leaders met to form a new government after the country's president and prime minister prepare to step down amid widespread protests, Japanese voters hand Shinzo Abe's political party a major victory, Russian rocket fire killed at least 15 in Ukraine, and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon is now willing to testify publicly before the Jan. 6 panel.

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  • Nick Schifrin:

    We begin tonight in Sri Lanka and further fallout after the country's top leadership stepped down yesterday. Opposition leaders today huddled to hash out a new government as the Prime Minister's private residence remains a smoldering ruin.

    Protesters who stormed there and the president's residence on Saturday, playing in the pool, using the gym vowed to stay put until a new government is installed.

    In Thailand today, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the administration will be watching the developments in Sri Lanka closely.

    Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State: We would urge the Sri Lankan parliament to approach this with a commitment to the betterment of the country. Not any one political party.

  • Nick Schifrin:

    Secretary Blinken will also visit Tokyo tomorrow to offer condolences following the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Today, Abe's political legacy remains secure. Japanese voters propelled his party the current ruling party to a major victory in the upper house of parliament and a likely increase in its majority according to exit polls.

    Sitting Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, an Abe protege, called today's elections an example of strengthen democracy and free speech amid tragedy.

    Rescuers today combed through the rubble of an apartment complex in eastern Ukraine after Russian rocket fire killed at least 15 people late Saturday night. The strikes hit a residential neighborhood of Chasiv Yar, dozens remain trapped and so far only several had been rescued.

    The attack is just the latest in a series of Russian strikes that have killed more than 50 civilians in the last two weeks. Russia continues to claim it only hits targets of military value.

    Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon is now willing to testify publicly before the January 6 committee. Until now, Bannon had defied a committee subpoena and was facing charges of criminal contempt of Congress. Former President Trump cleared the way for his testimony saying in a letter on Saturday that he would waive bannings executive privilege.

    In London today, tennis star Novak Djokovic beat Nick Kyrgios to win his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st grand slam that is just one behind the all-time leader Rafael Nadal for most career Grand Slams. Kyrgios finished with 30 Aces and despite his loss, called the result the best of his career.

    Finally, the best athletes and women's basketball competed today at the All Star game in Chicago, but they began by honoring a player who was not there.

    Brittney Griner has been held in Russian detention since February. The U.S. says she is wrongfully detained. Last week, she's pled guilty to carrying cannabis oil in her luggage as she arrived in Moscow to charge that could carry a 10-year prison sentence. For the second half of the all-star game, every player wore her number, 42.

    Still to come on "PBS News Weekend," the rise of misleading and bad information about abortion and a conversation with Afghan war veteran Jason Kander about post-traumatic stress.

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