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 Death toll at 23 in Casablanca buildings collapse CASABLANCA: The death toll after three buildings collapsed in Morocco’s largest city and commercial capital Casablanca rose to 23 on Sunday, officials said.Fifteen bodies were recovered from the rubble in one day on Sunday, including two children.Medics said earlier Sunday that 17 people were still being treated in hospital, while authorities warned of more buried bodies.Rescue operations were temporarily suspended on Sunday afternoon as emergency teams sought more sophisticated equipment. Sparking anger from relatives of the missing. “Search for bodies suspended, equipment deficient. Three days to notice it”.It was still not known why the three apartment blocks in El-Hank district collapsed on Friday.Residents told that the accident probably resulted from “haphazard works” on the lower floors of the buildings, as well as a general lack of maintenance.An official inquiry has begun, and the residents of three adjoining buildings have been evacuated as a precaution.Firemen managed to rescue at least 55 ...

Three killed in blast in Egypt's Sinai region CAIRO: Three people were killed in an explosion near a security compound in Egypt’s Sinai region, near the border with Israel, security officials.Egypt has been hit by militants insurgency led by Sinai-based militants.Hundreds of soldiers and police officers have been killed in those attacks. Medical sources said around 22 others were injured in Sunday’s blast. Security sources said that the explosion was due to a rocket targeting North Sinai’s main security compound and in front ...
Boko Haram chief claims Lagos, Abuja attacks LAGOS: The head of Nigeria's Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital Abuja and an attack hours later in Lagos which the authorities tried to cover up, in a video obtained by AFP on Sunday. In the 16-minute video, Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau also voices support for the extremist Sunni Islamic State (IS) militants who have taken over large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. He mocks the social ...
Nigerian president hails Soyinka on his 80th birthday LAGOS: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan praised compatriot Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel literature prize laureate who turns 80 on Sunday, for using his talents to promote good governance.Jonathan applauded Soyinka's "life-long dedication and indefatigable commitment to using his acclaimed genius and talents, not only in the service of the arts, but also for the promotion of democracy, good governance and respect for human rights in Nigeria, Africa and beyond."Dozens of literary and artistic events have ...
Business tycoon shot dead in Kenya coastal city MOMBASA: A prominent Kenyan businessman was shot dead in Kenya's port city of Mombasa late Friday, police and eyewitnesses said.The murder of transport magnate Shahid Bhat, which occurred along a road near Mombasa's airport, comes amid mounting insecurity in the coastal region."The gunmen shot at him as he was driving along the road, and as they escaped they shot at another pick-up vehicle, wounding a child," Mombasa county police commander Robert Kitur told AFP.Bhat was ...
Cambodia garment workers struggle to survive PHNOM PENH: After a 10-hour shift stitching clothes for western brands, Cambodian factory worker Ry Srey Bopha walks to her tiny shared room, eats leftovers, then sleeps on the floor.Like many of Cambodia's 650,000 garment workers, who are overwhelmingly women, Bopha's days are monotonous and exhausting, and her diet is poor.She rarely sees her five-year-old daughter, who is being raised by an elderly grandparent in the countryside."Life in the garment factories is very difficult," she ...
Australian rescuers free stranded baby whale GOLD COAST: Australian rescuers freed a beached baby whale Thursday almost two days after it became stranded on a popular beach, as a large crowd of onlookers cheered.The humpback whale, believed to be two years old, was successfully fitted with a specially designed harness and a boat was used to tow it into deeper waters. It was the fifth attempt at removing the whale since it washed up on Palm Beach in Queensland State late ...


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