German national election too close to call, polls suggest, as key candidates hold final rallies

Poll predictions on Saturday point to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) holding a small but narrowing lead over Merkel’s party, the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Merkel has been a symbol of stability in Europe since she took on the role of chancellor in 2005. But after almost 16 years in the top job, she will step down once it becomes clear who her successor will be. The closeness of the race coupled with Germany’s complicated voting system means it could take some time before a winning coalition is formed…

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Foreign Ministers of Sri Lanka and Thailand resolve to build on Buddhist Heritage

Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris in his discussion with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai indicated strong and historical bilateral ties as two countries practising Theravada Buddhism. Minister appreciated the assistance provided by Thailand to sustain the Buddhist monks at a time Sri Lanka did not have a sufficient number of senior Buddhist monks. Minister highlighted that the relations between the two countries are not limited to the governments but also between the people. Both the countries have…

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Sara Cox referees Harlequins 35-29 Worcester and becomes first woman to oversee Premiership game | Rugby Union News

Sara Cox became the first woman to referee a Premiership match when Harlequins took on Worcester; the 31-year-old is also the first female to have assistant refereed a game in the top flight last year and has Olympic Games and Women’s Rugby World Cup experience Last Updated: 25/09/21 10:50pm Sara Cox made Premiership Rugby history at The Stoop on Saturday Sara Cox became the first woman to referee a Premiership Rugby match as she oversaw Harlequins’ 35-29 victory over Worcester Warriors. It was a tidy afternoon from the official, who…

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Brentford’s Sergi Canos appeals for return of shin pads given away after draw with Liverpool | Football News

Brentford’s Sergi Canos has appealed for the return of his shin pads after they were mistakenly given to someone in the crowd following the 3-3 draw against Liverpool. The Bees winger says he left his shin pads on the touchline and they were then given away by a security guard after the six-goal thriller in West London. Canos – a former Liverpool youth player – said: “Guys please I left my shin pads on the touch line and some security guy gave them away to you. “They are very personal…

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Contagion in Ceylon: Two case studies

By Uditha Devapriya The medical profession in Ceylon was, by the late 19th century, following patterns set down in most of the European colonies in Asia. The Civil Medical Department was set up in 1858, the Ceylon Medical College in 1870, and the Ceylon Medical Association in 1887. As with law, the practice of medicine soon came to be monopolised by the upper middle class, predominantly Burgher and Tamil. In her extensive study of the history of the medical profession in Ceylon, Kamalika Pieris conjectures that this may have been…

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Joshua vs Usyk: Campbell Hatton clings on to unbeaten record with slender points win | Boxing News

Campbell Hatton clung on to his unbeaten record with a slender points victory over Sonny Martinez on the Joshua vs Usyk bill at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The 20-year-old lightweight, son of former world champion Ricky Hatton, was forced to dig deep for his fourth victory in his first six-rounder as he received a 58-57 tally from referee Marcus McDonnell. Setting a brisk pace, Hatton unloaded early hooks in the opening round, but he was briefly troubled by a crisp combination from Martinez. Sky customers: Buy Joshua vs UsykNon-Sky customers: Buy…

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Taliban hang bodies as warning in Afghan city, say reports

The Taliban are said to have hung the dead bodies of four alleged kidnappers in public in the western city of Herat in an apparent warning. The gruesome display came a day after a notorious Taliban official warned that extreme punishments such as executions and amputations would resume. The men were killed in a gun battle after allegedly seizing a businessman and his son, a local official said. News agency AP was told a body was hung from a crane in the city centre. Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, a local shopkeeper,…

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Atletico Madrid lose to Alaves, Inter remain unbeaten as Daniel Maldini nets on first Milan start – European round-up | Football News

Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title defence was dealt a blow as they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Alaves. Centre-back Victor Laguardia’s fourth-minute header from a Ruben Duarte corner was enough for the hosts to secure their first win of the season as they moved off the foot of the table. Atleti huffed and puffed as they attempted to find a way back into the match after such an early blow, but were kept out by admirable defending from the hosts. Marcos Llorente, Luis Suarez and substitute Angel Correa all…

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JOINT EFFORT REQUIRED FOR RECONCILIATION TO BECOME A REALITY

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s address to the UN General Assembly was short, simple and dignified.  The president covered the main issues that confront the world with his focus on Sri Lanka.  These included the Covid pandemic, economic difficulties, environmental degradation and violence that are global problems and which his government, which received two democratic mandates, has had to face. In his speech in New York, the president sought international assistance to overcome the setbacks in the economic situation in the country.  He also pledged to address…

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IPL: Punjab Kings victory ends Sunrisers Hyderabad play-off hopes despite Jason Holder’s best efforts | Cricket News

Sunrisers Hyderabad cannot reach the IPL knockout stages after suffering a five-run defeat to Punjab Kings in Sharjah; Punjab posted 125-7 with Sunrisers only able to muster 120-7 in reply; Jason Holder’s 3-19 and 47no from 29 balls in vain for Sunrisers By Sam Drury Last Updated: 25/09/21 6:53pm Jason Holder was brilliant with bat and ball but it was not enough for Sunrisers Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad’s hopes of reaching the Indian Premier League play-offs are over after a five-run defeat to Punjab Kings with Jason Holder’s all-round excellence proving…

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Afghanistan: Inside the prison staffed by former inmates released by the Taliban

One of the key moments in the fight for Kabul was when the Taliban freed thousands of prisoners from the city’s main jail. Now, some released prisoners of Pul-e-Charkhi prison have become its caretakers. The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen has been given access by the Taliban to their former cells, inside one of Afghanistan’s most notorious prisons since the time of Russian occupation in the 1980s. Source link–!Thank You !–

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Championship highlights and round-up: Bournemouth back on top | Football News

Bournemouth returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-1 victory over Luton. West Brom’s victory over QPR on Friday night had knocked the Cherries off the top of the pile. However, Philip Billing volleyed in the 17th-minute opener, his fifth goal of the season, before Dominic Solanke headed a second. Reece Burke pulled one back for the visitors in the 64th minute. Ben Brereton Diaz scored a hat-trick as Blackburn stretched their unbeaten run to five matches with a 5-1 home defeat of Cardiff. Sam Gallagher…

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