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Hunt for survivors as Indonesian tsunami death toll tops 280

Hunt for survivors as Indonesian tsunami death toll tops 280

2018-12-24 05:47:25

Indonesian rescuers raced to find survivors Monday after a volcano-triggered tsunami killed at least 281 people, with experts warning the devastated region could be slammed by more deadly waves. Rescue teams used their bare hands, diggers and other heavy equipment to haul debris from the stricken area around the Sunda Strait, as thousands were evacuated to higher ground. The powerful tsunami struck without any warning on Saturday night, sweeping over popular beaches of southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java and inundating tourist hotels and coastal settlements. More than 1,000 people were injured and the death toll “will continue… continue reading


Death toll from California wildfire rises to 77

Death toll from California wildfire rises to 77

2018-11-19 04:41:10

The toll from the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history rose further on Sunday to 77, the sheriff’s office said. “One human remain was located today,” raising the toll by one in the so-called Camp Fire which broke out 10 days ago in northern California, a statement from the Butte County Sheriff said. The number of people unaccounted for has fallen to 993, down from a peak of more than 1,200, the statement added. More than 10,000 homes have been destroyed in the blaze which has devoured an area roughly the size of Chicago, and essentially wiped the… continue reading


Ethiopia appoints first female president

Ethiopia appoints first female president

2018-10-25 08:07:17

Ethiopia on Thursday appointed a woman to the largely ceremonial position of president for the first time. In a unanimous vote, Ethiopian lawmakers picked career diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde to replace Mulatu Teshome who resigned. Sahle-Work, who is in her late 60s, has been Ethiopia’s ambassador to France, Djibouti, Senegal and the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Just prior to her appointment as president she was the UN’s top official at the African Union. She is fluent in English and French as well as Amharic. As president she is expected to serve two six-year terms. Political power in… continue reading


Vietnam swears in new president

Vietnam swears in new president

2018-10-23 07:15:14

Vietnam lawmakers on Tuesday elected as president Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, the only candidate on the ballot, making him the most powerful man in the country where consensus leadership has traditionally kept strongman rule in check. Trong was ushered into his new role as head-of-state with 99.8 percent of the vote from Vietnam’s rubber stamp parliament members a month after the former president died from a prolonged illness. Though the president’s role is seen as largely ceremonial, 74-year-old Trong will maintain his position as party head — the first person to hold both roles since revolutionary leader Ho… continue reading


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