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COLOMBO -- "Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa who contested from Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, under the lotus bus symbol, has won the elections and will be the next president of Sri Lanka," Sri Lanka's Elections Chief Mahinda Deshapriya said on Sunday.

Rajapaksa gained over 6.9 million or 52.25 percent of the votes, defeating his opponent Sajith Premadasa from the ruling party, who gained over 5.5 million or 41.99 percent of the votes.

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KHARTOUM -- "The criminal court concerned with trying former President Omar al-Bashir, under Judge Al-Sadiq Al-Amin Al-Faki, has set the 14th of the coming December as a date to deliver its verdict in charges against the ousted president relating to illegal dealing in foreign currency," official SUNA news agency reported on Saturday.

A Sudanese court set Dec. 14 as date for delivering its verdict on former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, according to the report.

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ISMAILIA -- "The Suez Canal has always been given the complete focus of Egyptian government throughout its history through adopting a series of developmental projects in the waterway, and the highlight of those is the New Suez Canal project," said Chairman of the SCA Osama Rabie on Sunday.

Egypt's Suez Canal Authority celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Suez Canal's opening to international navigation.

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MONTREUX, Switzerland -- "An athlete with a smooth career may have a good one, but it's the quality of being able to pull oneself together and stay level-headed even after being treated unfairly that defines a great athlete," Sun Yang, the three-time Chinese Olympic swimming champion, said after a marathon public hearing over his alleged anti-doping rule violation. Enditem

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