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Philippines Searches For Quake Survivors

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Rescue workers in the Philippines are still trying to get relief to people affected by Tuesday’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 158 people on the Philippine islands of Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor.

234 were injured and at least 22 people were missing, some under a collapsed public hospital, church and a home in the town of Loon on Bohol island, 630km south of the capital, Manila, according to officials.

“The most heavily hit in terms of casualties was the town of Loon, and there are still ongoing processes there, of recovery,” Edgardo Chatto, governor of Bohol, said.

Emergency services said they counted at least 100 bodies on the island of Bohol, the quake’s epicentre.

Officials said that 23 bridges were damaged, most impassable, and five roads were closed, making rescue operations difficult.

Officials feared the toll would rise as communications with remote areas were re-established.

According to Patrick Fuller, from the Red Cross, authorities were responding efficiently to the crisis.

“It will be a long road to recovery, because so many people have lost their homes,” he said.

Officials said they had managed to pull three survivors from the rubble of shattered office buildings, homes and century-old churches on Cebu.

Many historic churches dating from the Spanish colonial period had suffered tremendous damage.

“The heritage old churches are also very close to the hearts of the Boholanos. So, I have talked to the Bishop and I have talked to the President and we were saying that we have to ask people and authorities to keep all the rubbles in tact [in place],” Chatto said.

Nearly half of a 17th-century limestone church in Loboc town, southwest of Carmen, was reduced to rubble, as was the largest church on the island in Loon town, where three worshippers were buried alive.

The entire province was without electricity after the quake cut power supplies.

The government has declared a “state of calamity” in both Bohol and Cebu, triggering a freeze on prices there.

The Philippine archipelago is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common.

A magnitude 7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people on the northern island of Luzon in 1990.

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

Also Read: Joe Biden Defeats Trump To Win US Presidential Election

“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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