Unknown number of people trapped as building collapses in south Nigeria

ABUJA— A four-story building under construction in Nigeria’s southern state of Akwa Ibom collapsed on Saturday, leaving an unknown number of people trapped, a local official said. Located in the Plaza area of Uyo, the state capital, the building fell on another building next to it on Saturday evening, said Godwin Tepikor, coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the southern region. A combined team of responders from the NEMA and other agencies have arrived at the site to search for people trapped under the debris, said Tepikor.…

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President of Cuba remembers doctors kidnapped in Kenya

HAVANA— The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, evoked the two island doctors kidnapped in Kenya, Landy Rodríguez and Assel Herrera, who are celebrating their birthdays these days. From his Twitter account, the president said that “Thursday was Assel’s birthday, Friday was Landy’s, our doctor also kidnapped in Kenya.” The head of state reiterated that efforts will not cease to return the doctors kidnapped on April 12, 2019 in the Kenyan city of Mandera, on the border with Somalia and target of attacks by the jihadist group Al Shabaab. Since then,…

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Angola’s President Lourenco outlines plans for second term

LUANDA— President Joao Lourenco began his second five-year term in office when he was sworn in on Thursday. Lourenco won the election by 51.17 of the votes for The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). Lourenco said he is committed to address the nation’s issues and said he would be “guided by the Constitution and laws for decision-making, for the defence and protection of minorities.” The president said his government will live up to its commitment on climate change – with concrete actions for the reduction of greenhouse…

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President mourns multiple deaths in KZN vehicle collision

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his deep sadness at the death of 19 learners and two adults in a collision between a bakkie and a truck near Pongola in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Friday, 16 September 2022. The learners were allegedly transported on a bakkie when their vehicle collided with a truck. The President offers his condolences to all families who lost loved ones in this incident and wishes survivors a speedy and full recovery. The President said: “This is yet another sad moment for our country, following the substantial loss…

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