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German elections: Centre left win national election

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The centre-left Social Democrats have won the biggest share of the vote in Germany’s national election, beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Union bloc in a closely fought race.

Election officials confirmed early Monday that a count of all 299 electorates showed the Social Democrats won 25.9% of the vote – ahead of 24.1% for the Union bloc.

The Greens environmental party came third with 14.8% followed by the pro-business Free Democrats with 11.5%.

The two parties have already hinted that they are willing to discuss forging a three-way alliance with either of their two bigger rivals in order to form a government.

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Finland slams its borders shut on Russia

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Finland will officially closed its border to Russian tourists, marking the last of Moscow’s E-U neighbours to do so.

Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania also closed their borders.

The Finnish government made the decision following Vladimir Putin’s decision to call-up of 300,000 military reservists.

Queue’s at Russia’s border crossings with E-U nations were stretching for kilometres as people attempted to flee the country.

The closure of the border only applies to tourists – and Russians who are visiting family or travelling for work or study will still be granted entry.

The Finnish Foreign Minister stated that the decision was a difficult one to make, but ultimately it was in the best interest of the country.

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Queen’s death certificate has been released

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Queen Elizabeth II’s death certificate has been released, and reveals Her Majesty died of old age.

The document, signed by Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, says Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at 3:10 p.m. on September 8.

The 96 year old was surrounded by family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland as she took her final breaths.

Now laid to rest in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II’s period of national mourning has concluded.

When she was alive there was a curtain of privacy around the Queen’s health, and in her death there remains some restraint.

Her cause of death is recorded as “old age”, without any further details.

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Shocking rape statistics haunt Indian women

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India’s Supreme Court has made a landmark ruling that rape includes marital rape, and extended abortion rights to 24 weeks.

This essentially means that all women, regardless of their marital status, have the right to an abortion up until 24 weeks.

Previous data shows nearly one-third of married women in India aged 15 to 49 had experienced some form of sexual violence from their husbands.

This figure is likely to be much higher in reality but many women were reluctant to disclose such experiences because of a lack of legal rights protecting them.

The new ruling could help change that.

This is a big step forward for the country, where many women and girls are exposed to sexual assault.

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