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Nigerian schoolchildren killed in fuel tanker explosion

Chris Ewokor

BBC News, Abuja

At least 25 people, including primary schoolchildren, have been killed after a lorry transporting petrol exploded in the city of Lokoja in central Nigeria.

The police in Kogi say the lorry driver lost control on a busy major highway and rammed into oncoming vehicles on Wednesday morning.

The lorry experienced brake failure, crashed into some other vehicles and exploded near the Kogi State Polytechnic, police say.

Lokoja police spokesman Willy Aya told the BBC that several people were burnt beyond recognition, including some polytechnic students.

Accidents involving lorries carrying petrol are common in Nigeria.

Mexico's ancient Mayan city re-opens

Chichén Itzá in Mexico is one of the most impression Mayan city sites
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Chichén Itzá in Mexico is one of the most impression Mayan city sites

Mexico is opening some of its stunning archaeological sites to the public again after coronavirus forced them to close.

On Tuesday the remains of Mayan city Chichén Itzá joined the list.

The city in Yucatán was built in the 9th and 10th Centuries - the stepped pyramid El Castillo displayed Mayan astronomical knowledge. It features a total of 365 steps, the number of days in the solar year.

A Unesco World Heritage Site, it was also named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by a Swiss foundation in 2007.

Visitor groups are limited to ten people due to coronavirus safety precautions, and masks and temperature checks are mandatory.

Another pre-Hispanic archaeological site, El Cóporo, has also re-opened this week, Mexico's Culture Ministry says.

This week Mexico passed 700,000 coronavirus infections, but the health ministry says the true number is unknown due to limited testing. At least 74,348 people have died in the country from Covid-19.

Visitors must take precuations including wearing a mask and having a temperature check
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Visitors must take precuations including wearing a mask and having a temperature check

SA Christian group pushes for Nigerian pastor release

Members of an organisation called Christians of South Africa have been holding a demonstration outside the national prosecutor's office to push for the release of Nigerian televangelist Timothy Omotoso.

The preacher has been in custody for three years facing 97 charges, including human trafficking, racketeering, and rape.

Mr Omotoso and his co-accused have denied the allegations.

Proceedings of the case before a court in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth were postponed in April because of the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, eNCA news site reports.

The preacher's supporters want his charges dropped.

A journalist with state broadcaster SABC has shared a video of Mr Omotoso's supporters:

Read more: South Africa shocked by live rape trial of Timothy Omotoso

Foreign workers to be allowed to return to China

Stephen McDonell

BBC News, China correspondent

Travellers are seen silhouetted at Beijing Daxing International Airport, 19 September
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According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, given the relative success of coronavirus prevention and control measures here, entry requirements to the country have been eased.

From 28 September, those with valid foreign worker residence permits - as well as people in the family reunion category - will again be allowed into China without any extra permissions.

Earlier this year, as the health emergency spread, entry to China was stopped for all foreigners without special clearance.

However, now the virus situation has stabilised in the country which saw the first clusters.

The announcement also says that foreign workers whose visas have expired in recent months can apply for new ones at Chinese embassies and consulates.

For the moment, quarantine remains necessary upon arrival.

EU's Von der Leyen says migration plan will build trust
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen aims to overhaul a system that "no longer works".

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