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'Terminator' Rajapaksa storms to victory in Sri Lanka

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who spearheaded the brutal crushing of Tamil Tigers a decade ago, stormed to power Sunday but promised to be a president for all Sri Lanka's races and religions after a divisive election. Seven months after Islamist extremist attacks tha
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'Terminator' Rajapaksa storms to victory in Sri Lanka

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who spearheaded the brutal crushing of Tamil Tigers a decade ago, stormed to power Sunday but promised to be a president for all Sri Lanka's races and religions after a divisive election. Seven months after Islamist extremist attacks that killed 269 people, Rajapaksa was elected on Saturday on the back of a nationalist campaign promising security and to crush religious extremism in the Buddhist-majority country. However, Rajapaksa's triumph will alarm Sri Lanka's Tamil and Muslim minorities as well as activists, journalists and possibly some in the international community following the 2005-15 presidency of his older brother Mahinda Rajapaksa. On Sunday Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 70, thanked all voters in an election that heightened ethnic and religious tensions in a country that only a decade ago emerged from a brutal civil war that cost 100,000 lives. «I am conscious that I am also the president of those who used the vote against me,» he said as he was formally declared the hands-down winner with 52.25 percent of the vote. «It is my duty to serve all Sri Lankans without race or religious discrimination,» he said. «I promise to discharge my duties in a fair manner.» Election results showed minority Tamil and Muslim communities voting overwhelmingly for the ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa who came a distant second with 41.99 percent. Mahinda Rajapaksa, with Gotabaya -- nicknamed «Terminator» by his own family -- effectively running the security forces, ended a 37-year civil war with Tamil separatists. His decade in power was also marked by alleged rights abuses, murky extra-judicial killings and closer ties with China. «I didn't sleep all night,» said student Devni, 22, one of around 30 people who gathered outside Rajapaksa's Colombo residence. «I am so excited, he is the president we need.» Premadasa, 52, of the ruling party, conceded the race and congratulated Rajapaksa and urged him to implement his manifesto promising tax cuts, free food rations and subsidies to farmers. Rajapaksa is due to be sworn in on Monday at the ancient north-central Buddhist pilgrim city of Anuradhapura. Turnout in Saturday's vote was 83.7 percent. - Intelligence failure - Saturday's poll was the first popularity test of the United National Party (UNP) government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is under pressure from his cabinet colleagues to step down. Wickremesinghe's administration failed to prevent the April attacks despite prior and detailed intelligence warnings from India, according to a parliamentary investigation. On Sunday three cabinet members resigned -- including Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera. Premadasa is the son of assassinated ex-president Ranasinghe Premadasa who fell victim to a Tamil rebel suicide bomber in May 1993. But Gotabaya is adored by the Sinhalese majority and the powerful Buddhist clergy for how he and Mahinda ended the war in 2009, when 40,000 Tamil civilians allegedly perished at the hands of the army. Under his brother, Gotabaya was defence secretary and effectively ran the security forces, allegedly overseeing «death squads» that bumped off rivals, journalists and others. He denies the allegations. This makes the brothers detested and feared among many Tamils, who make up 15 percent of the population. Some in the Muslim community -- who make up 10 percent -- are also fearful of Gotabaya, having faced days of mob violence in the wake of the April attacks. Under Mahinda, Sri Lanka also borrowed heavily from China for infrastructure projects and even allowed two Chinese submarines to dock in Colombo in 2014, alarming Western countries as well as India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Sunday that India looked forward to «deepening the close and fraternal ties... and for peace, prosperity as well as security in our region». The projects ballooned Sri Lanka's debts and many turned into white elephants -- such as an airport in the south devoid of airlines -- mired in corruption allegations. Unlike in 2015 when there were bomb attacks and shootings, this election was relatively peaceful by the standards of Sri Lanka's fiery politics. The only major incident was on Saturday when gunmen fired at two vehicles in a convoy of at least 100 buses taking Muslim voters to cast ballots. Two people were injured. According to the Election Commission the contest was, however, the worst ever for hate speech and misinformation. © Agence France-Presse

East Africa: Can Sudan and South Sudan Find Friendship?

[Deutsche Welle] Their previous relationship was dominated by civil war and violence. But the fall of Sudan's long-term ruler Omar al-Bashir is changing the country's relationship with South Sudan - to the benefit of both nations.
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East Africa: Can Sudan and South Sudan Find Friendship?

[Deutsche Welle] Their previous relationship was dominated by civil war and violence. But the fall of Sudan's long-term ruler Omar al-Bashir is changing the country's relationship with South Sudan - to the benefit of both nations.

Kenya: ICPD25 - U.S.$8 Billion Pledged to Support Women's Health

[East African] The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) Summit ended in Nairobi on Thursday on a high note with private sector organisations, multinationals and donor agencies promising to raise $8 billion in the next 10 years in su
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Kenya: ICPD25 - U.S.$8 Billion Pledged to Support Women's Health

[East African] The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) Summit ended in Nairobi on Thursday on a high note with private sector organisations, multinationals and donor agencies promising to raise $8 billion in the next 10 years in support of programmes promoting the sexual and reproductive health rights of women in poor countries.

Tanzania: Opposition's Besigye - We Will Not Let Up in the Fight for Change

[Citizen] The perennial Uganda presidential contender was arrested on October 28 after yet another violent confrontation with the police on his way to a meeting of Forum for Democratic Change party. He spoke with Julius Barigaba on various issues, including a
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Tanzania: Opposition's Besigye - We Will Not Let Up in the Fight for Change

[Citizen] The perennial Uganda presidential contender was arrested on October 28 after yet another violent confrontation with the police on his way to a meeting of Forum for Democratic Change party. He spoke with Julius Barigaba on various issues, including allegations that he has been meeting Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

South Africa: Luyolo Yiba wins Idols SA 2019!

[SA Idols] In a tightly-contested competition, Yiba was named the winner of the 15th season of Idols in a star-studded finale held at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City in Ekurhuleni, with KwaZulu-Natal's Sneziey Msomi the runner-up.
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South Africa: Luyolo Yiba wins Idols SA 2019!

[SA Idols] In a tightly-contested competition, Yiba was named the winner of the 15th season of Idols in a star-studded finale held at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City in Ekurhuleni, with KwaZulu-Natal's Sneziey Msomi the runner-up.

Military impunity system? Pentagon maintains ‘great faith’ in US justice after Trump pardons soldiers accused of war crimes

American soldiers are well trained to never commit war crimes, the Pentagon insists. When they sometimes do, the military always holds them accountable… and then the US president is free to pardon them to boost the morale. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Military impunity system? Pentagon maintains ‘great faith’ in US justice after Trump pardons soldiers accused of war crimes

American soldiers are well trained to never commit war crimes, the Pentagon insists. When they sometimes do, the military always holds them accountable… and then the US president is free to pardon them to boost the morale. Read Full Article at RT.com

US Congress cracks down on ABC News for ‘Epstein coverup’, demands to know WHO killed the story and WHY

In the wake of explosive revelation that ABC News allegedly knew the extent of Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes years ago but chose not to report them, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has demanded answers from the network’s execs. Read Full Article at RT.com
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US Congress cracks down on ABC News for ‘Epstein coverup’, demands to know WHO killed the story and WHY

In the wake of explosive revelation that ABC News allegedly knew the extent of Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes years ago but chose not to report them, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has demanded answers from the network’s execs. Read Full Article at RT.com

Les mangues en abondance

À J-3 de l'ouverture de la saison d'abondance, les mangues, elles, ont déjà fait leur apparition depuis quelques semaines. 
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Les mangues en abondance

À J-3 de l'ouverture de la saison d'abondance, les mangues, elles, ont déjà fait leur apparition depuis quelques semaines. 

Australia's Pattinson to return home after abuse ban

Fast bowler James Pattinson has left the Australia camp in Brisbane and will return to his home state Victoria in the wake of his one-test ban for personal abuse of an opponent.
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Australia's Pattinson to return home after abuse ban

Fast bowler James Pattinson has left the Australia camp in Brisbane and will return to his home state Victoria in the wake of his one-test ban for personal abuse of an opponent.

UK Conservatives: No more preferential treatment for EU migrants after Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives said on Sunday they would end preferential treatment for European Union migrants from January 2021 if they win an election next month.
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UK Conservatives: No more preferential treatment for EU migrants after Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives said on Sunday they would end preferential treatment for European Union migrants from January 2021 if they win an election next month.

Police: Aware misunderstood anti-molestation posters

The Singapore Police Force have come out to defend crime prevention posters being criticised for the way molestation is being portrayed. The Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) had called out two posters on the MRT, both depicting a man abou
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Police: Aware misunderstood anti-molestation posters

The Singapore Police Force have come out to defend crime prevention posters being criticised for the way molestation is being portrayed. The Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) had called out two posters on the MRT, both depicting a man about to molest a woman and a tag on his wrist with the words «2 years' imprisonment. It is not worth it». On social media last Thursday, the gender equality advocacy group criticised the posters for putting a price on sexual violence and neglecting to mention the harm suffered by victims. 'DETERRENT MESSAGE' But in a statement issued on Saturday night, the police said Aware misunderstood the purpose of the posters, which are part of a series featuring other crimes such as theft and rioting. The posters, displayed on the public transport network, specifically highlight the punishments for committing the crimes to send a strong deterrent message, said a police spokesman, who added that it was unfortunate Aware made public judgments without first contacting them to understand their perspective.

Residents to vacate homes during WWII bomb disposal near Singapore River on Monday

Residents have been given instructions on how to vacate their units for a controlled on-site disposal of a 50kg World War II aerial bomb war relic today. The bomb, which was found at a construction site in Jiak Kim Street last Tuesday, will be disposed of be
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Residents to vacate homes during WWII bomb disposal near Singapore River on Monday

Residents have been given instructions on how to vacate their units for a controlled on-site disposal of a 50kg World War II aerial bomb war relic today. The bomb, which was found at a construction site in Jiak Kim Street last Tuesday, will be disposed of between 8am and 6pm, by the Singapore Armed Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal team. A 200m cordon will be set up around the area during the operation. The Singapore Police Force (SPF) said that all residents living in the affected area - which will include around 600 units - will be required to leave their homes before 8am and return only after 6pm. Roads in the vicinity will be closed and residents, as well as guests and staff of a hotel, will be asked to evacuate. The police will set up a temporary holding area for affected residents at River Valley Primary School at 2 River Valley Green.

David Beckham drops by Tekka Market to enjoy a plate of mee goreng

Football fans at Tekka Market and Food Centre were in for an unexpected treat on Saturday afternoon (Nov 16). Sports superstar David Beckham was spotted enjoying a plate of mee goreng. Several Stompers shared with Stomp a video circulating online of Beckha
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David Beckham drops by Tekka Market to enjoy a plate of mee goreng

Football fans at Tekka Market and Food Centre were in for an unexpected treat on Saturday afternoon (Nov 16). Sports superstar David Beckham was spotted enjoying a plate of mee goreng. Several Stompers shared with Stomp a video circulating online of Beckham sitting with food blogger Aun Koh, better known as as his online moniker Chubby Hubby. Netizens were amused that the biggest name in football was using chopsticks to eat the local dish. In photos and videos posted on Twitter, Beckham was also seen checking out stalls at the market as throngs of people crowded around him. My mom just saw David Beckham at Tekka. WTF pic.twitter.com/CgZNs2EFo5

Bannon Wanted Eric Ciaramella Kicked Off National Security Council Amid Concerns Over Leaks

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in a Friday interview that in 2017, he was involved in an effort to remove alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella from the National Security Council over concerns about leaks. 
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Bannon Wanted Eric Ciaramella Kicked Off National Security Council Amid Concerns Over Leaks

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in a Friday interview that in 2017, he was involved in an effort to remove alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella from the National Security Council over concerns about leaks. 

ELECTORAL OFFICE NOTICE: Marigot returning officer

NOTICE The Electoral Commission has appointed Mrs Andillia St Rose Returning Officer for the constituency of Marigot, subsequent to the resignation of Mrs Lois Bristol. Mrs St Rose has served as a Presiding Officer in General Elections in Marigot since... Th
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ELECTORAL OFFICE NOTICE: Marigot returning officer

NOTICE The Electoral Commission has appointed Mrs Andillia St Rose Returning Officer for the constituency of Marigot, subsequent to the resignation of Mrs Lois Bristol. Mrs St Rose has served as a Presiding Officer in General Elections in Marigot since... The post ELECTORAL OFFICE NOTICE: Marigot returning officer appeared first on Dominica News Online.

ELECTORAL OFFICE NOTICE: Nomination Day

  On Tuesday November 19, 2019, all Returning Officers and Election Clerks will be available at designated nomination centers to receive nomination papers and Statutory Declarations from prospective candidates. Candidates will be required to present For
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ELECTORAL OFFICE NOTICE: Nomination Day

  On Tuesday November 19, 2019, all Returning Officers and Election Clerks will be available at designated nomination centers to receive nomination papers and Statutory Declarations from prospective candidates. Candidates will be required to present Form 12 and Form 13,... The post ELECTORAL OFFICE NOTICE: Nomination Day appeared first on Dominica News Online.

Death of Marcel Cruickshank creates void in Swinging Stars

The death of Swinging Stars Band member, Marcel Cruickshank, will create a void in the band, at least for some time, says founder member, Norman Letang. Cruickshank died on Friday night at Princess Margaret Hospital after ailing for some time.... The post Dea
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Death of Marcel Cruickshank creates void in Swinging Stars

The death of Swinging Stars Band member, Marcel Cruickshank, will create a void in the band, at least for some time, says founder member, Norman Letang. Cruickshank died on Friday night at Princess Margaret Hospital after ailing for some time.... The post Death of Marcel Cruickshank creates void in Swinging Stars appeared first on Dominica News Online.

La piscine à vagues de Melbourne ouvrira au grand public en janvier 2020

Il s'agit de la première «Wavegarden» du Pacifique Sud. D'autres constructions sont à l'oeuvre un peu partout dans le monde. 
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La piscine à vagues de Melbourne ouvrira au grand public en janvier 2020

Il s'agit de la première «Wavegarden» du Pacifique Sud. D'autres constructions sont à l'oeuvre un peu partout dans le monde. 

Al-Attiyah meets Somalia PM

HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah met the Prime Minister of Somalia Hassan Ali Khaire, in Doha on Sunday.
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Al-Attiyah meets Somalia PM

HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah met the Prime Minister of Somalia Hassan Ali Khaire, in Doha on Sunday.

Sri Lanka elects new president in first vote since deadly bombings

Sri Lanka's former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been elected as the country's new President, winning 52.2% of the vote, according to the chairman of Sri Lanka's Election Commission.
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Sri Lanka elects new president in first vote since deadly bombings

Sri Lanka's former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been elected as the country's new President, winning 52.2% of the vote, according to the chairman of Sri Lanka's Election Commission.

Ex-President Morales warns that Bolivian crisis can spiral into civil war

According to the Inter·American Commission on Human Rights, 23 people died since the political crisis erupted in Bolivia and 715 more were injured
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Ex-President Morales warns that Bolivian crisis can spiral into civil war

According to the Inter·American Commission on Human Rights, 23 people died since the political crisis erupted in Bolivia and 715 more were injured

Turkey accuses Kurds of releasing more than 800 ISIS militants in Syria

Since the Peace Spring military operation was launched in northeast Syria Ankara has been accusing Kurdish units of releasing ISIS militants incarcerated in local prisons. The YPG, in turn, blast back saying that extremists manage to escape after Turkish muni
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Turkey accuses Kurds of releasing more than 800 ISIS militants in Syria

Since the Peace Spring military operation was launched in northeast Syria Ankara has been accusing Kurdish units of releasing ISIS militants incarcerated in local prisons. The YPG, in turn, blast back saying that extremists manage to escape after Turkish munitions land in prisons damaging them

Tentative deal reached in weeks-long Saanich school strike

A tentative deal has been reached between the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 411 and the Saanich School District after a strike over wages that has lasted weeks.
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Tentative deal reached in weeks-long Saanich school strike

A tentative deal has been reached between the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 411 and the Saanich School District after a strike over wages that has lasted weeks.

Asia shares in waiting mode ahead of Fed, ECB events

Asian share markets got the week off to a muted start on Monday as jaded investors awaited real evidence on progress in the U.S.-China trade dispute, though sentiment found support from another record close on Wall Street.
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Asia shares in waiting mode ahead of Fed, ECB events

Asian share markets got the week off to a muted start on Monday as jaded investors awaited real evidence on progress in the U.S.-China trade dispute, though sentiment found support from another record close on Wall Street.

Wales couple admit assault after soaking their 71-year-old neighbour with a garden HOSE

Barry and Hellynne Lee (pictured), both 72, of Cae Fron in Denbigh, Wales, admitted common assault on Harold Burrows on June 4.
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Wales couple admit assault after soaking their 71-year-old neighbour with a garden HOSE

Barry and Hellynne Lee (pictured), both 72, of Cae Fron in Denbigh, Wales, admitted common assault on Harold Burrows on June 4.

Outrage as blind student, 25, is dragged 'by his ankles' out of Oxford Union debating chamber

Ebenezer Azamati was expelled from a debate at the Oxford Union after he attempted to attend a talk on the motion 'This House has no confidence in HM Government'.
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Outrage as blind student, 25, is dragged 'by his ankles' out of Oxford Union debating chamber

Ebenezer Azamati was expelled from a debate at the Oxford Union after he attempted to attend a talk on the motion 'This House has no confidence in HM Government'.

Tobias Menzies reveals that his mother would not approve of his role in Netflix's The Crown

The 45-year-old, who was born in north London, stars alongside Olivia Colman in the latest series of the Netflix drama. He said his childhood was worlds away from the culture of that in the royal biopic.
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Tobias Menzies reveals that his mother would not approve of his role in Netflix's The Crown

The 45-year-old, who was born in north London, stars alongside Olivia Colman in the latest series of the Netflix drama. He said his childhood was worlds away from the culture of that in the royal biopic.

Stray dog tags along Sabari pilgrims, treks 480km and counting

The devotees have now decided to take it with them all the way up to Sabarimala in their spiritual journey.They said the dog sustained injuries to its paws a couple of times and was treated by local veterinarians.
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Stray dog tags along Sabari pilgrims, treks 480km and counting

The devotees have now decided to take it with them all the way up to Sabarimala in their spiritual journey.They said the dog sustained injuries to its paws a couple of times and was treated by local veterinarians.

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