World Briefs: 84 still missing in migrant boat sinking

84 still missing in migrant boat sinking

ROME • Eighty-four migrants are still missing after an inflatable craft sank off the coast of Libya, according to survivors cited by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Saturday.

Twenty-six people were rescued from the boat which sank on Friday. IOM spokesman in Italy Flavio Di Giacomo said the survivors indicated 110 people, all from assorted west African states, had embarked in Libya.


Building collapse: Death toll hits 16

NAIROBI • The death toll from a collapsed six-storey building in Nairobi has risen to 16, the Kenya Red Cross said yesterday, but officials declined to be drawn on how many more might be still under the rubble. The 198-room building in Huruma collapsed on Friday after heavy rain and rescue work was continuing yesterday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who visited the site of the collapse, told officials "to undertake an immediate survey of all the houses in the area to find out those which are at risk of collapsing".


Scottish referendum 'more likely than not'

LONDON • Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon said a second referendum on independence was "more likely than not" in the next five years if she wins an election on Thursday. The pro-independence Scottish National Party had said it would not press for another referendum until it was clear most Scots wanted to leave the United Kingdom. Ms Sturgeon yesterday said she believed opinion would shift in favour of a breakaway, with the cause boosted by the prospect of Britain voting for Brexit next month.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe