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Suspected extremists kidnap priest in Niger

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by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/25/18, 05:19 pm

Extremists likely carried out last week’s kidnapping of an Italian priest from southern Niger, state and religious officials confirmed. The kidnapping is the latest in a growing number of extremism-fueled attacks in the western part of the country.

The Rev. Pierluigi Maccalli was kidnapped on Sept. 17 from the parish house in the village of Bomanga, near the Burkina Faso border, government spokesman Zakaria Abdourahmane confirmed.

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Another deadly landslide follows typhoon in the Philippines

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/20/18, 11:14 am

A landslide killed at least 21 people and left dozens of others trapped beneath the rubble Thursday morning in the central Philippines. Roderick Gonzales, police chief of Naga in Cebu province, said mud and debris covered about 30 houses in two of the city’s rural villages. Some of the victims alerted authorities by text message shortly after the landslide. At least 64 people remain missing, according to Naga Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong. The area is still unstable, making rescue efforts difficult.

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Deadly landslide buries Philippine mining community

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by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/17/18, 02:37 pm

PHILIPPINES: A landslide triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut buried a gold-mining community in a river of debris, with 40 bodies discovered Monday in Itogon. The super typhoon slammed into the northern Philippine province of Luzon on Saturday, killing at least 69 with numbers expected to rise.

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