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Earthquake hits China’s Sichuan province, killing at least 156 and injuring thousands
China was hit with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, injuring thousands of residents and killing more than 156 people. The epicenter was reported to be under the county Ya’an, only eight miles below the surface.
Not long after the earthquake struck at 8 a.m. Beijing time. Chinese troops attempted to recover those trapped under the fallen debris. Aftershocks continued after the initial quake, with some measuring up to 5.0 magnitude.
The earthquake happened only about 150 miles from the 2008 earthquake that left 87,000 people missing or dead.
Report: Iran says it will remain loyal to nuclear non-proliferation pact
The Iranian foreign ministry has said that the country will continue to cooperate with the U.N.’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which aims to secure nuclear weapons and prevent the technology from spreading as a way to promote peaceful cooperation.
Five major powers labeled North Korea and Iran as “serious challenges” on Friday. They noted Iran was one of the biggest threats to the treaty. Ramin Mehmanparast, the Iran foreign ministry spokesman stated that Iran is “loyal” to the treaty.
Eight killed in gun attack in Kenyan town of Garissa
An attack by a group of armed man killed at least eight people in the town of Garissa in Kenya on Thursday. The attackers targeted a hotel in the area, and are reportedly part of a series of incidents have gone on in the area since October. Kenya has gone through a number of similar attacks since it’s army move to southern Somalia to fight against Islamist al-Shabab militants in 2011.
Five people from the incident were injured and taken to the Kenyan Red Cross. Police are currently investigating the situation and are attempting to identify the attackers.