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15 People Missing As Tourist Boat Sinks In Indonesia

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Fifteen people, including 10 foreign tourists, are missing after a boat travelling from Lombok to Komodo Island in Indonesia sank in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Ten others from Europe and New Zealand survived and were plucked from the water by two boats, including a fishing boat.

The boat, a type of wooden Phinisi schooner, called Versace Amara, is understood to have hit a reef although rescue officials late on Sunday gave differing versions of what exactly had happened to the vessel.

And they could not confirm the nationalities of the 10 tourists who are still missing. It is believed that the four crew and the guide are Indonesian.

Suryaman, the Search and rescue co-ordinator at Bima, on Sumbawa island, said the boat appeared to have hit a reef about 1.15am (local time) on Saturday morning, causing a serious leak.

Suryaman said that the crew tried to bring the boat to land but bad weather prevented them, and at about 7pm on Saturday the boat, which had been filing with water, capsized.

At about 8pm, local fishermen found five people in the water and saved them. Another five were saved by a different boat and all are now in hospital in Bima, on Sumbawa Island.

A further 15 from the boat are still missing, including 10 tourists, four crew and one tourist guide.

“A tourist boat with 25 people on board capsized while sailing from Lombok island to Komodo island,” said Budiawan, who, like many Indonesians, goes by one name.

“We rescued 10 foreigners, while 10 other foreigners and five Indonesians remain missing. We launched a search operation as soon as we received the report this morning (Sunday).”

“The incident took place … when the boat hit a reef and sank. Fishermen managed to rescue five of them alive later at night on Saturday, and five other foreigners were rescued by a sailing boat,” Budiawan told AFP.

The survivors include a 29-year-old and 53-year-old Dutch woman, two 21-year-old German women, a 33-year-old French man, a male and female from Spain, A British woman, a male and female from New Zealand.

They were named as Els Visser, 29, from the Netherlands, Hannah Schole, 21, from Germany, Norensch Wickhow, 21 from Germany, Cayleng Cheryl, 53 from the Netherlands, Hommasel Betrand, 33 from France, Rafael Martinez from Spain, Maria Pallol, from Spain, a British woman known only as Katherine Anne, Tony Francis Lawton and Gaylene Cheryl Wilkinson from New Zealand.

The names were provided by authorities on the scene late on Sunday night.

The Bima police chief, Lieutenant Colonel Benny Basir Warmansyah said the accident happened in the waters of Sangeang, near Seangeang Mountain.

He said the boat was on the way from Senggigi on Lombok to Labuhan Bajo when it was hit by a wave.

Lt Col Warmansyah said the nationalities of those foreigners still missing was not clear.

Phinisi schooners regularly ply the eastern Indonesian waters, taking tourists diving and between the islands which form the Nusa Tenggara region.

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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.

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“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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