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HÜRRIYET, HABER 7 (Turkey)

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At least 25 Turkish soldiers were confirmed dead Thursday, after a military depot exploded in the western province of Afyonkarahisar. Terrorism has been ruled out as a cause of the blast, which also left at least eight injured.
Veysel Eroglu, the Minister of Forestry and Water, says the explosion Wednesday night was caused by a hand grenade that was dropped accidentally during a routine stock check, the Istanbul-based daily Hürriyet reported.
“There was no external intervention. There certainly was no sabotage or anything like that,” Eroglu said. The impact of the explosion has made it impossible for officials to identify the bodies of the soldiers. They have consequently been sent to Ankara for DNA testing.
Witnesses in the area said the blaze set the night sky alight, and spread across one kilometer, causing a fire that threatened many houses in the vicinity. (Watch footage of the blaze below)
Civilians in the area were evacuated overnight, according to the news channel Haber 7.

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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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