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Fifteen people in critical condition after carbon monoxide leak at hotel

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At least 15 people are in a critical condition following a carbon monoxide leak at a hotel in Canada.

A total of 46 people were taken to hospital after an automatic alarm alerted hotel staff to a leak in the boiler room.

Alex Forrest, president of the Winnipeg firefighters’ union, told Global News it was “one of the worst incidents” the department had ever seen for carbon monoxide – and said firefighters were “absolutely in shock”.

“They realised that there were extreme levels of carbon monoxide and their quick actions likely saved a lot of lives,” he said.

Mr Forrest said first responders initially thought only about a dozen people would need hospital treatment, but later found more people inside the hotel.

Those in a critical condition were reported to have high carbon monoxide readings in their blood, with officials adding: “They were transported critical based on that reading and other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, a decrease in level consciousness.”

No fatalities are anticipated as a result of the leak at the Super 8 hotel, and most of those admitted to hospital were expected to be released within a few hours.

The hotel’s owner, Justin Schinkel, said the building had recently passed a fire inspection and had no history of carbon monoxide leaks.

“We’re just super happy that the first responders are so helpful and they’ve been able to get here so quick and help us out here,” he said.

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US has imposed sanctions on Iran’s central bank after drone attacks in Saudi Arabia, says Trump | US News

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President Donald Trump says the US has imposed sanctions on Iran’s central bank following last weekend’s attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Speaking in the Oval Office on Friday during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the US leader said: “We have just sanctioned the Iranian national bank.”

He did not give any other details about the sanctions.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters that the bank was Tehran’s last source of funds.

When Mr Trump was asked about the possibility of a military response on Iran, he said that a military strike was always a possibility and that the US was prepared.

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Evacuation Of Nigerians Has Discouraged Tourists, Others To South Africa, Says Air Peace Boss

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Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, has said that the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa had led to a drastic reduction of tourists and air travellers to that country.

Onyema made the statement in Lagos on Wednesday evening while speaking with journalists during the arrival of the second batch of Nigerians evacuated from the former apartheid nation in the wake of latest xenophobic attacks on African migrants.

In total, 315 Nigerians returned from South Africa aboard Air Peace, bringing the total number of returnees to 493 out of over 600, who expressed their desire to return home following the latest xenophobic attacks.

The first batch had landed in the country last Wednesday with 178 returning with the Air Peace aircraft that airlifted them from South Africa.

Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, was on the ground to receive the returnees including a representative of the Lagos State Government.

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Nigeria’s Muhammad-Bande finally takes over as UN President

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Ms Maria Espinosa, the President of the 73rd UN General Assembly, on Monday handed over to Nigeria’s Muhammad-Bande, who will lead the 74th session of the assembly in the next one year.

The ceremony, held inside the General Assembly Hall of the UN headquarters in New York, marked the end of the 73rd session .

The 74th session will formally begin on Tuesday with the inauguration of Muhammad-Bande, who is the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN.

The handover ceremony was witnessed by top officials of the UN led by the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.

Nigerian officials, including a presidential team, comprising the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr Ahmed Abubakar, and presidential spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, also witnessed the ceremony, NAN reports

In a short address, Guterres lauded Espinosa for her strong leadership, describing her as a “champion for multilateralism”, who made the UN “relevant to all”.

“I commend her ambitious priorities for this session, which addressed crucial matters of international impact and concern.

“These include gender equality, migration and refugees, decent work for all, environmental protection, the rights of people with disabilities, promoting the voices of young people to advance peace and security, and revitalising the work of the United Nations.

“The commitment of Espinosa to the environment especially ending plastic pollution also stands out,” he said.

The UN chief said he looked forward to working with Muhammad-Bande to advance the organisation’s mission of building more peaceful and prosperous world.

Earlier in a valedictory press conference, Espinosa said she was satisfied with her achievements within her one-year tenure.

She said her practice of formally reporting back to member states every three months, was very useful, especially for the smaller missions that could cover all the agenda items.

Espinosa said during the 73rd Session, no fewer than 341 resolutions were adopted, making it the highest number in several years.

She reiterated her call on member states to “read the resolutions we have adopted again and let´s deliver and implement them using this norm-setting power of the General Assembly”, she said.

Espinosa is the fourth woman to hold the office of the President of the General Assembly.

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