Sri Lanka elections: In the south, hopes on Gotabaya run high – The Hindu

By Meera Srinivasan – The Hindu Correpondent “I brought my child along just so he can see our leader, even if from a distance,” said Sepalika Harshani, 29, carrying her toddler under an umbrella.           She was among thousands who flocked to Wellawaya town in Sri Lanka’s southern Monaragala district on Saturday afternoon, braving the rain. They had come for the rally of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, candidate from their favourite political clan, in the final lap of

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After hiatus, Rajapaksa brothers set to dominate Sri Lanka again – Reuters

By Sanjeev Miglani, Shihar Aneez – Reuters COLOMBO (Reuters) – One brother is considered a shoo-in for the job of Sri Lanka’s president in elections this weekend and another is eyeing the prime minister’s post when that election becomes due early next year. FILE PHOTO: Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka People’s Front party presidential election candidate and former wartime defence chief, with his brothers, Mahinda Rajapaksa, former president and opposition leader and Chamal Rajapaksa (R) are seen as they leave after handing

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South Africa celebrates rugby world cup win over England

South Africans have been celebrating after their rugby team beat England 32-12 in the world cup final in Japan. The victory under Siya Kolisi, the team’s first black captain, was another symbolic moment for the Springboks. In 1995, former President Nelson Mandela’s famously celebrated on the podium with captain Francois Pienaar after their first world cup win. This is the third time that the Springboks have won the trophy equalling New Zealand’s record.

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Franco Italian

(Courtesy of The Island) French President Emmanuel Macron has recalled his Ambassador to Italy for consultations. In diplomatic parlance, a nation recalls its Ambassador to any country for ‘consultations’ when it wishes to express extreme displeasure. Let alone recalling an Ambassador, it is very unusual for two senior (and founding) members of the European Union to air their differences publicly. Disagreements in the past have been settled quietly and amicably. In the March 2018 national elections in Italy, the center-right

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