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By Roberto Mignucci PENNE, Italy (Reuters) - A huge avalanche ploughed into a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rattled the area, and up to 30 people might be buried under the snow, officials said on Thursday. Rescue workers using flashlights on their helmets battled blizzard conditions during the night to reach the isolated hotel on skis. "Around 30 people are unaccounted for, between guests and workers at the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola," Fabrizio Curcio, head of Italy's civil protection department, told reporters.
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari plans to take ten days leave, a government source said on Thursday. Buhari had informed the Senate by letter about his absence, the source said. No more details were immediately available. (Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Louise Ireland)