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Deadly earthquake hits Indonesia: Dozens killed, hundreds injured 

The earthquake unleashed dozens of aftershocks, some six kilometres northeast of the city of Majene,  causing heavy damage across the city, including to the five-story Mitra Manakarra Hospital where eight people were reportedly trapped inside.   “The Governor’s office, two hotels, a mall, a community health centre, and over 300 houses also sustained damage”, said the spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Jens Laerke.  Rippling effects   Local authorities have reported that 638 people have been injured and more than 18,000 have been temporarily displaced to…

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UN steps up support for thousands left homeless after fire at Rohingya refugee camp

The fire erupted shortly after midnight on Thursday (local time) in the Nayapara refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, gutting about 550 shelters and 150 shops. A community centre is also said to have been destroyed.  This week, a large fire broke out in the #Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, #Bangladesh. There were no casualties, but 3500 people were affected and 550 shelters &150 shops were destroyed. WFP is providing emergency food assistance including hot meals to families in need. pic.twitter.com/pD2neR5Ahu — World Food Programme (@WFP) January 15, 2021 About 3,500…

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UN steps up support for thousands left homeless after fire at Rohingya refugee camp

The fire erupted shortly after midnight on Thursday (local time) in the Nayapara refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, gutting about 550 shelters and 150 shops. A community centre is also said to have been destroyed.  This week, a large fire broke out in the #Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, #Bangladesh. There were no casualties, but 3500 people were affected and 550 shelters &150 shops were destroyed. WFP is providing emergency food assistance including hot meals to families in need. pic.twitter.com/pD2neR5Ahu — World Food Programme (@WFP) January 15, 2021 About 3,500…

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UN steps up support for thousands left homeless after fire at Rohingya refugee camp

The fire erupted shortly after midnight on Thursday (local time) in the Nayapara refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, gutting about 550 shelters and 150 shops. A community centre is also said to have been destroyed.  This week, a large fire broke out in the #Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, #Bangladesh. There were no casualties, but 3500 people were affected and 550 shelters &150 shops were destroyed. WFP is providing emergency food assistance including hot meals to families in need. pic.twitter.com/pD2neR5Ahu — World Food Programme (@WFP) January 15, 2021 About 3,500…

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Uganda’s President Museveni takes early lead in vote count

– Advertisement – Uganda’s Incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has taken an early lead in the presidential election as votes continue to be collated. Provisional results announced by the Electoral Commission showed that Mr. Museveni, 76, obtained over 1.5 million votes representing 65.02 percent. His closest rival, the musician-turned politician, Bobi Wine was in second position with over 647,146 votes representing 27.39 percent. These are results from 8,310 polling stations out of a total of 34,684 polling stations across the country. Uganda’s electoral commission say results from 23.9% of polling…

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Uganda: Vote counting underway in crucial general elections

– Advertisement – Counting of ballots is underway in Uganda following general elections characterized by delays and faulty biometric verification machines at some polling stations. There is heightened security as citizens await the outcome of the election, with results expected by Saturday. The chairman of Uganda’s electoral commission, Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, has said the presidential and parliamentary elections were a success. He told journalists in the capital Kampala, that Ugandans turned up in large numbers and voted peacefully amid the coronavirus pandemic. The incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni, 76, who has…

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Zimbabwe: 10,000 people arrested for not wearing face masks

– Advertisement – Over 10,000 people have been arrested by the Zimbabwean police for failing to wear face masks in public. Some 16,000 others have also been arrested for flouting lockdown restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus. Reports say most of the offenders have been ordered to pay an admission of guilt fine. The country imposed a lockdown after Covid -19 cases doubled last month. This has been attributed to festive season gatherings and traffic from neighbouring South Africa, which is experiencing a severe second wave of the virus. – Advertisement – Zimbabwe…

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Ugandans vote in crucial election amid internet shutdown

Ugandans are voting on Thursday in a crucial presidential election characterized by violence and internet shutdown. Voting started at 7:00 am local time and is expected to end at 16:00 local time with longs queues at most polling stations. There have been reports of delays in getting voting materials to various polling stations on time. At some polling stations, biometric voter verification kits failed to work. #UgandaDecides2021 voting just about to start at freedom Square polling station. Heard on radio that several other polling centres are yet to recieve voting…

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Donald Trump impeached again after Capitol riot

President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the U.S. Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office. With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 on Wednesday to impeach Trump. The proceedings moved at lightning speed, with lawmakers voting just one week after violent pro-Trump loyalists stormed the Capitol, egged on by the president’s calls for them to “fight like hell” against…

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Ethiopia: Army kills former foreign minister in Tigray battle

– Advertisement – The Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) on Wednesday afternoon announced the death of former Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin during a battle in the country’s Tigray region. He served as foreign minister from 1991 to 2010. Seyoum was killed alongside Asmelash Woldeselassie, former Ethiopian parliament chief whip and Abay Tsehaye, Ethiopia’s former minister of federal affairs, during a battle earlier on Wednesday, said Tesfaye Ayalew, head of the defense force’s Deployment Department. Seyoum, Asmelash and Abay had served as central committee members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front…

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