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Trapped 17-year-old rescued 10 days after Turkey earthquake



A 17-year-old girl has been rescued after 10 days trapped under rubble in Turkey’s Kahramanmaras province.

As the death toll from the devastating earthquake in the country and neighbouring Syria surpassed 42,000.

The girl was extracted from the ruins of a collapsed apartment bloc, before being covered in a gold thermal blanket and carried away, 248 hours after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the dead of night on February 6.

Huseyin Berber, a 62-year-old diabetic man, was rescued Wednesday in the southern coastal city of Mersin.

He survived nine days under the rubble of his home by drinking his own urine.

“Finally, I saw that a hole in the debris. When I heard the sounds of rescuers, I shouted too. I shouted so loud that they heard my voice. Someone reached their hand out and it met with my hand. After that, they pulled me out from there.”

But such rescues have become increasingly rare, leaving sorrow to mount as hope dies.

Neither Turkey nor Syria have said how many people are missing.

For families still waiting to retrieve their lost relatives, there is growing anger over what they see as corrupt building practices and deeply flawed urban development that resulted in thousands of homes and businesses disintegrating.

Across the border in Syria, the earthquake slammed a region divided and devastated by 12 years of civil war.

The aid effort has been hampered by the conflict there and many people in the rebel-held northwest feel abandoned as relief supplies since the quake have almost invariably headed to other parts of the sprawling disaster zone.

Fifteen Qatari aid trucks arrived in the rebel-held town of Afrin to offer some relief, bringing desperately needed food, medicines and tents.

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally



Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely



Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model



With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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