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State of emergency declared after dozens of polar bears invade Russian region | World News

A state of emergency has been declared in the remote Russian archipelago of Novaya Zemlya after dozens of polar bears invaded human settlements, according to reports.

According to Russian news agency TASS, the governor of the Archangelsk region said the decision was taken to “prevent emergencies and ensure fire safety”.

“The emergency situation was caused by the mass invasion of polar bears in residential areas,” the region said in a press release.

“Residents, schools and kindergartens are submitting numerous oral and written complaints demanding to ensure safety in the settlement. The people are scared,” it added.

“They are frightened to leave homes and their daily routines are broken. Parents are afraid to let the children go to school or kindergarten.”

Additional fencing has been installed near schools and special vehicles are being used to transport military personnel and employees to their workplaces.

The red pin marks Belushya Guba on the archipelago of Novaya Zemlya. Pic: Google

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The red pin marks Belushya Guba on the archipelago of Novaya Zemlya. Pic: Google

The head of the local administration, Zhigansha Musin, said the emergency would be upheld until the safety of the local population could be established.

The deputy head of Novaya Zemlya, which has a population slightly under 2,500 people as of 2010, said the polar bears had begun gathering over a month ago.

Alexander Minayev said at least 52 polar bears had been spotted near the settlement of Belushya Guba since December 2018, and had on occasion behaved in an aggressive manner.

TASS reported that the bears had attacked people and entered residential buildings as well as offices, and up to 10 bears remained on site at the settlement.

Despite this, the bears are not being discouraged by the use of signals to scare them away, nor by patrol cars or dogs, TASS said.

Vladimir Putin and scientists examining a polar bear on the island Alexandra Land in the Arctic Ocean, April 2010

Vladimir Putin visited Alexandra Island in 2010
Polar bears are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Their habitat ranges across the Arctic, including parts of Russia and its northernmost islands.

In 2010, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Alexandra Island, even further north than the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, where he had his picture taken with a polar bear being tagged by scientific researchers.

The Russian environmental watchdog has refused to issue licenses allowing the polar bears to be shot.

Mr Musin seemed to express frustration at the decision, saying: “I have been in Novaya Zemlya since 1983, but there has never been so many polar bears in the vicinity.

“I recall that over five polar bears are in the [military] garrison chasing people and entering residential buildings.

“However, if a cull is banned, we will have to embark on a longer and less safe way for local residents,” Mr Musin added.

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Nijar ta samu tallafi maganin malaria daga Amurka

Sauro ne ke haddasa cutar malaria

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Gwamnatin Amurka ta tallafa wa jamhuriyar Nijar da magungunan zazzabin cizon sauro wato malaria na milyoyin CFA.

Tallafin dai ya hada da magungunan rigakafin zazzabin cizon sauro dama na magance cutar da zarar an kamu da ita.

Kazalika daga cikin tallafin da Amurkan ta ba wa Nijar, akwai gidajen sauro.

Amurka dai ta bayar da wannan taimako ne ga Nijar da zimmar rage yaduwar cutar ta malaria da akshi 50 cikin 100.

Wannan tallafi na Amurkan, na daga cikin wani tsari ne na kasar wajen tallafa wa kasashe masu tasowa.

Cutar zazzabin cizon sauro na daga cikin cututtukan da ke saurin kisan kananan yara da ma mata masu juna biyu a kasar.

Gwamnatin Nijar ta kasa yakin da take a kan yaduwar cutar zuwa gida uku da suka hada da neman tallafi da wadatar da al’ummar kasar da maganin rigakafin cutar da kuma tsaftace unguwanni.

Kasashen Afrika ne suka fi fama da cutar zazzabin cizon sauro, kuma yawancin wadanda ke mutuwa yara ne.

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Two dozen bodies recovered from flooded illegal Zimbabwe gold mine

The bodies of 24 illegal gold miners have been recovered from flooded tunnels in Zimbabwe after a dam wall collapsed following heavy rain.

Up to 70 may have been trapped in the mine and the search near Kadoma continues, the government said. It has declared a national disaster.

A relative of a deceased miner

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A relative of a deceased miner wears a mask near the mine
Eight people were rescued, all but one of whom have been discharged from hospital.

Henrietta Rushwaya, who leads the country’s small-scale miners’ association, said 23 of the bodies had been identified.

According to the government’s deputy chief mining engineer, “it doesn’t seem likely” that there are any other survivors.

Only eight of the estimated 70 trapped miners are thought to have survived

Only eight of the estimated 70 trapped miners are thought to have survived
The disaster happened in Battlefields – a small settlement 110 miles west of Harare that is rich in gold deposits and popular with illegal miners.

Friends and relatives have broken police lines in an attempt to identify their loved ones.

Surviving miners were exhausted and muddied after being pulled out

Surviving miners were exhausted and muddied after being pulled out
The makeshift shafts and tunnels, some running as deep as 50m (164ft), can easily collapse in the rainy season when the ground is soft.

According to the Zimbabwean government, $200,000 (£155,000) is needed to complete the rescue effort – with a spokesman urging “well-wishers” to donate body bags, masks and gloves.

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Trump asks Britain to take back Islamic State fighters | US News

US President Donald Trump stated that the US has asked Britain and other European allies to take back more than 800 Islamic State fighters captured in Syria and put them on trial.

The US president said the terror group’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria is “ready to fall” and “the alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them”.

He added: “The US does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go.

“We do so much, and spend so much – Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% caliphate victory!”

Mr Trump’s comments come after US vice president Mike Pence said the last mile of IS-controlled territory in Syria was being captured by American-backed forces.

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