Laúca Dam: President witnesses diversion of Kwanza river

Laúca – The head of State José Eduardo dos Santos witnessed Thursday the process of diversion of the Kwanza river course for the construction of the Laúca Dam in the locality of São Pedro da Quilemba, Cambambe municipality, northern Cuanza Norte province. , The process included the sounding of an alarm by president José Eduardo dos Santos, thus setting the beginning of the activity of the machines that displaced the artificial barrier to enable the diversion of the

river’s normal course into the tunnels built for the purpose.

Speaking to Angop, the director of the Office for Development of the Kwanza (GAMEK), Elias Estévão, who coordintes the Laúca dam construction project, said the diversion of the course will dry up the river bed over an area of 500 metres where the dam will be built.

The official said the diversion of the river’s course will allow the start of construction of the dam, an activity that was preceded by environmental impact mitigation measures to avoid damages to the environment.
 

Presided by the Head of State and witnessed by the vice president, Manuel Domingos Vicente, the ceremony was attended by various members of the central and Government and those of Cwanza Norte and Malanje provinces.
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Relatives of captured Iraqi soldiers storm parliament: witnesses

More than 100 relatives of Iraqi soldiers captured by Islamic State fighters broke into parliament armed with sticks, metal bars and stones on Tuesday to demand news of them, witnesses said., The crowd, mostly from Iraq's Shi'ite majority, smashed equipment, assaulted at least two staff members they mistook for lawmakers and refused to leave the building, said officials inside.

"They were ready to bulldoze anyone standing in front of them. They were saying 'Our sons are buried in the dust. We don't even know their names, and you are sitting here in comfort under the air conditioning'," a parliament employee said.

A special forces unit came to remove them from the parliament," the employee said.

Eventually, the security forces and parliament officials calmed the protesters and told them there would be a special session on their missing relatives Wednesday. The demonstrators were then housed at a nearby hotel so their representatives could attend the coming session, according to a parliament employee.

Islamic State captured the soldiers in June at the start of its lightening advance through northern and central Iraq, where it declared an Islamic Caliphate and threatened to march on Baghdad.

The soldiers walked out of their base in Tikrit, north of the capital, believing a truce had been brokered. Instead, Islamic State took them and later reported it had killed 1,700 soldiers, posting pictures of corpses online.

There have been no independent reports on how many died. Locals in Tikrit said in June they believed the number was in the hundreds.

The relatives had been scheduled to address parliament about the fate of their relatives. But they started to violently protest outside the building and then forced their way inside past several checkpoints, according to parliament employees.

"They broke into parliament. They roughed up some guards and officials," another witness said.

Some lawmakers fled, leaving briefcases and jackets behind, one civil servant said. reuters

 
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Pakistan TV station occupiers knew what they were doing, say witnesses

The mob that stormed the headquarters of Pakistan Television (PTV) was uncannily familiar with the inner workings of a TV station and made a bee-line for the station’s Master Control Room (MCR) – the nerve centre of the network’s broadcast uplink facility

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Earthquake in California: Ruined Houses, Witnesses’ Evidence

At least 120 people have been injured in northern California as a result of the strongest earthquake to hit the region in nearly 25 years, CNN reported. Experts named this earthquake as the strongest in California since 1989.

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