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President to deliver a special statement at 8pm today (01)

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe will deliver a special statement on the government’s efforts taken over the past nine months to revive Sri Lanka’s economy, as well as outlining the forthcoming stages of the country’s social, economic, and political reform agenda.

This special statement is scheduled to be broadcasted today (01) at 8:00 PM across all television, radio, and digital media platforms throughout the country, ensuring that the entire public is informed and comprehends the message.

The objective is to provide the public with a comprehensive understanding of Sri Lanka’s national transformation roadmap and to present the proposed strategies for accomplishing the envisioned objectives.



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Nobel Prize goes to scientists behind mRNA Covid vaccines

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Professors Drew Weissman (left) and Katalin Kariko (pic BBC)

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to a pair of scientists who developed the technology that led to the mRNA Covid vaccines.

Professors Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman will share the prize.

The technology was experimental before the pandemic, but has now been given to millions of people around the world to protect them against serious Covid-19. The same mRNA technology is now being researched for other diseases, including cancer.

The Nobel Prize committee said: “The laureates contributed to the unprecedented rate of vaccine development during one of the greatest threats to human health in modern times.”

Both were told they had won by telephone this morning and were said to be “overwhelmed”.

(BBC)

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Two officers injured in blast outside interior ministry in Turkey

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The explosion happened just hours before parliament was due to reconvene (pic BBC)

An explosion outside Turkey’s interior ministry in the capital, Ankara, was a “terrorist attack”, the interior minister has said.

Two attackers arrived in a commercial vehicle around 09:30 (06:30 GMT) and carried out the attack injuring two officers, Ali Yerlikaya said. He added that an attacker blew himself up in front of a ministry building and another was “neutralised”.

The explosion happened just hours before parliament was due to reconvene. It is not clear who the attackers were. No-one has claimed the attack.

A senior Turkish official told Reuters news agency the attackers had hijacked the vehicle and killed its driver in Kayseri, a city 260km (161 miles) south-east of Ankara.

One of the injured officers suffered shrapnel injuries, he added.

The first media reports of an explosion also spoke of gunfire heard in the area. Emergency services rushed to the scene, with police blocking several surrounding roads.

Ankara police said it was carrying out “controlled explosions” of “suspicious packages” to prevent other explosions.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned the attack in his speech during Sunday’s opening of parliament: “The attack this morning where two villains were neutralised as a result of the timely intervention of our security units is the final flutters of terrorism. “The vile people who took aim at the peace and security of our citizens did not reach their goal and they never will.”

The Turkish parliament is expected to ratify Sweden’s entry into Nato during the autumn session.

Turkey dropped its opposition to Sweden’s application in July, having opposed it for months over arguments it hosted Kurdish militants. Militants, mainly from the banned Kurdish Workers Party, used to carry out frequent attacks across the country.

The group has come under intense pressure by the authorities, who have jailed its leaders and conducted military operations against Kurdish bases inside Turkey and across the border in Syria and Iraq.

(BBC)

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US House passes stopgap measure to avert government shutdown

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Democrats overwhelmingly backed the 1th-hour Republican measure to keep federal funding going, albeit with a freeze on Washington's massive aid to Ukraine (pic Aljazeera)

The US House of Representatives on Saturday approved a temporary funding bill, in a major step towards avoiding a government shutdown hours before current funding was slated to expire.

The House voted 335-91 to fund the government for another 45 days, with more Democrats (209) than Republicans (126) supporting it.

The measure would extend government funding by 45 days if it passes the Democratic-majority Senate and is signed into law by Democratic President Joe Biden before 12:01am (04:01 GMT) deadline on Sunday.

The move marked a profound shift from earlier in the week when a shutdown looked all but inevitable. Democrats overwhelmingly backed the 11th-hour Republican measure to keep federal funding going, albeit with a freeze on Washington’s massive aid to Ukraine.

The stopgap measure was pitched by Speaker Kevin McCarthy with just hours to go before a midnight shutdown deadline that would have seen millions of federal employees and military personnel sent home or required to work without pay.

(Aljazeera)

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