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EFE, EL INFORMADOR, EL MEXICANO, MILENIO (Mexico)

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MEXICOCITY- Rescue workers continue to search for survivors after an explosion killed at least 25 people at the headquarters of Mexico's state-owned petroleum company Pemex.

The number of injured had surpassed 100 by early Friday, with some people still believed to be trapped underneath the rubble, reports Mexican weekly Milenio.

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File photo of Pemex Tower At Night by Eneas

Officials have given no cause of the explosion. The news agency EFE reports that some have suggested an increase in temperature of the complex electrical system is to blame. El Informador notes unconfirmed reports claiming that the explosion occurred in the building where all the top executives have their offices, raising the possiblity that it could have been a terrorist attack.

El Mexicano says that the Mexican Army and Navy, as well as civil protection officers, were called in to take care of the safety and rescue of victims. Pemex noted the presence of the President, Enrique Peña Nieto, who arrived along with the Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, to the Administrative Center of the company.

Journalists pressed Osorio Chong on reports that the oil company was targeted. "It would be very irresponsible to disclose information that has not been confirmed."

During his return trip to Mexico last night from Korea, the director general of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya Austin, said via Twitter: "We will thoroughly investigate the causes in full coordination with the authorities. The priority right now is to take care of all the injured."

Investigaremos a fondo las causas en plena coordinación con las autoridades. En este momento es prioridad atender a todos los lesionados.

— Emilio Lozoya Austin (@EmilioLozoyaAus) February 1, 2013

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In Uganda, Having A "Rolex" Is About Not Going Hungry

Experts fear the higher food prices resulting from the conflict in Ukraine could jeopardize the health of many Ugandans. Take a look at this ritzy-named simple dish.

Zziwa Fred, a street vendor who runs two fast-food businesses in central Uganda, rolls a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex.

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WAKISO — Godfrey Kizito takes a break from his busy shoe repair shop every day so he can enjoy his favorite snack, a vegetable and egg omelet rolled in a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex. But for the past few weeks, this daily ritual has given him neither the satisfaction nor the sustenance he is used to consuming. Kizito says this much-needed staple has shrunk in size.

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Most streets and markets in Uganda have at least one vendor firing up a hot plate ready to cook the Rolex, short for rolled eggs — which usually comes with tomatoes, cabbage and onion and is priced anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Ugandan shillings (28 to 57 cents). Street vendor Farouk Kiyaga says many of his customers share Kizito’s disappointment over the dwindling size of Uganda’s most popular street food, but Kiyaga is struggling with the rising cost of wheat and cooking oil.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has halted exports out of the two countries, which account for about 26% of wheat exports globally and about 80% of the world’s exports of sunflower oil, pushing prices to an all-time high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency. Not only oil and wheat are affected. Prices of the most consumed foods worldwide, such as meat, grains and dairy products, hit their highest levels ever in March, making a nutritious meal even harder to buy for those who already struggle to feed themselves and their families. The U.N. organization warns the conflict could lead to as many as 13.1 million more people going hungry between 2022 and 2026.

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