Polls open in Russia’s presidential vote: state media

Photo of a policeman guarding a polling station in Moscow ahead of Russia’s presidential election in which Vladimir Putin will seek a fourth term in office, Mar 17, 2018 in Moscow. (AFP)
Updated 17 March 2018
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Polls open in Russia’s presidential vote: state media

MOSCOW: Voting opened Saturday in Russia’s presidential election, state television reported, with incumbent Vladimir Putin set to secure a historic fourth Kremlin term.
Polling stations opened in the extreme east of the country at 8am (2000 GMT Saturday) and will close in Kaliningrad, Russia’s exclave in Europe, at 1800 GMT on Sunday. Overall turnout is expected to be between 63 and 67 percent, according to official pollsters.


Spanish emergency services working to rescue toddler trapped in well

Updated 16 January 2019
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Spanish emergency services working to rescue toddler trapped in well

  • Among debris pulled out of the well, rescuers found hair, which DNA tests confirmed belonged to the child
  • Emergency services are using cameras to try to locate the child but said access was difficult, with soil partially blocking the well

TOTALAN, Spain: Spanish emergency services were working to rescue a toddler trapped in a well since Sunday.
The two-year-old boy was seen falling into the well as his family walked through a private estate in Totalan, Malaga, in southern Spain, his father Jose told Spanish media.
Among debris pulled out of the well, rescuers found hair, which DNA tests confirmed belonged to the child. No signs of life have been detected.
The town’s residents turned out on Wednesday for a vigil to support the family, many holding homemade placards reading “All of Spain is with you” and “We are sending you our strength.” One man held a sign simply reading “Julen,” the name of the toddler.
Emergency services are using cameras to try to locate the child but said access was difficult, with soil partially blocking the well, which is just 25 cm (10 inches) wide and 100 meters (328 feet) deep.
“We are not only giving voice for all the residents of Totalan but also for the rest of the country because we have all had Julen in our minds since last Sunday,” resident Patricia Calderon told reporters.
Spanish police said members of a Swedish firm which helped locate 33 Chilean miners rescued after 69 days underground more than seven years ago had arrived on Tuesday to help in the rescue operation.
Alternative routes were being studied and officials said they were working to dig a tunnel next to the well.