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HORROR PLUNGE : A WOMAN plunged 100ft to her death while posing for photos at the edge of a cliff.

Zoe Snoeks, from Belgium, was on a trip in Luxembourg with her husband of almost a decade when she tragically fell yesterday morning.

The 33-year-old plummeted at least 30 metres after travelling to a cliff near the village of Nadrin to take photos before 9am.

She slipped on the cliff edge and fell into the Ourthe River, according to the public prosecutor’s office.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, as well as scuba divers and a medical helicopter, and her body was later found.

Zoe’s heartbroken husband Joeri Janssen – who she met in school and married in 2012 – says his wife “vanished” over the edge of the cliff yesterday, the day before they were due to return home.

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“We only left on Sunday in our campervan. Since the pandemic, it was our little thing to drive across Europe in our van and take beautiful photos,” he said.

“We got up very early to take pictures of the Herou (a 1,400-metre-high rock face that rises almost vertically above the Ourthe River).
“There is almost always mist there. It’s great for photos. We arrived before 9am”

He explained that his wife was posing for photos on the edge of the cliff when she told him to “look out” for their dogs, Joy and Ivy, who they always took on their travels as well as a drone for taking aerial images.

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Wife, 33, Falls 100ft To Her Death While Posing For Photos Taken By Husband

“I turned to the dogs and told them to wait,” Janssen added.

“When I turned back to Zoe, she was no longer there. She had just vanished. It must have happened in less than five seconds.

“I didn’t see or hear anything. No rustling, no screams or shouts. I looked up and saw only dust.

“I called her, even though I knew it was hopeless. The chasm was several tens of metres deep.

“I immediately called the emergency services, but had almost no network. They didn’t understand me, even though I speak a little French.”

Janssen said he went to the nearby Le Belvedere Hotel to ask for help.

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“The rescue team could not find Zoe immediately, they said in French. Then they told me that unfortunately Zoe was dead, also in French, but I immediately understood what they meant,” he said.

The grieving husband said taking photos was his wife’s “passion”.

“I immediately unlocked her phone and saw that she had taken a photo on the cliff edge. Her very last selfie, Zoe is looking straight ahead,” he said.

“You can also see the mist and the river where they finally found her body.

“The emergency services said Zoe fell at least 30 metres. I saw this place with my own eyes. I even think it was more like 50 metres (164 feet).”

It is unclear if the local authorities are continuing to investigate the victim’s death.

Wife, 33, Falls 100ft To Her Death While Posing For Photos Taken By Husband

Wife, 33, Falls 100ft To Her Death While Posing For Photos Taken By Husband

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On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, voiced his criticism regarding the state of the criticism sector at the “Russian Calling” investment forum in Moscow.

According to local news outlet lenta.ru, the president made the following remarks, as translated: “It is not backed by anything, [and] the volatility is colossal, so the risks are very high. We also believe that we need to listen to those who talk about those high risks.”

Putin called for the greater monitoring and regulation of cryptocurrencies and pointed out that certain countries worldwide are seeing significant adoption of digital currencies. Currently, cryptocurrency regulation is still in its infancy in Russia. Although the government is considering the launch of a central bank digital currency, at least eight federal laws and five legislative codes must be changed for the digital ruble to take effect.

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Furthermore, no regulation exists in the country regarding cryptocurrency mining. This has led some to claim that $2 billion in crypto mining revenue is generated annually in Russia, but on that, no taxes are paid. Due to the lack of a regulatory framework, cryptocurrency use has soared among ordinary Russians, with transactions surpassing $5 billion each year.

In other parts of the former Soviet Union, cryptocurrencies are also rapidly gaining in traction. Kazakhstan has become the world’s largest Bitcoin (BTC) miner by hash rate, and its president is seeking to collect more taxes from such activities to fund the country’s expenses. In Ukraine, the government is actively encouraging legal crypto operations. Last year, the city of Olsztyn, Poland, began adopting the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain for emergency services.

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The Africa Development Bank has postponed the 2021 Africa Investment Forum due to the recent outbreak of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.

The AfDB made the announcement in a statement on its website on Monday.

The event which was scheduled to hold from December 1 -3, 2021, and hosted by the Ivory Coast Government in Abidjan, the country’s economic capital, has now been postponed until further notice.

In the statement, the AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina, noted that the AIF presented the opportunity for countries and investors to seek business opportunities.

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He, however, stated that the health and safety of attendees was of the utmost importance.

He said, “The Africa Investment Forum is the premier investment marketplace for Africa. Several billion dollars of investment projects were scheduled for investment board rooms with project sponsors and investors at this edition of the Africa Investment Forum.

“Unfortunately, with rising global travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 Omicron variant, and heightened concerns for health and safety, it is necessary, regrettably, to postpone the event. The health and safety of everyone comes first.

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The African country may have to hand over its only international airport to China as part of the terms of a loan agreement.

Uganda may have to surrender its only international airport, Entebbe international airport to China as dictated by the terms of a loan the country signed with the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China in 2015. The state’s officials have been seeking to renegotiate the unfavorable parts of that agreement with China recently without success which may mean the airport will have to be surrendered to China eventually.

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Under normal circumstances, the Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) would have been able to protect its asset through the protection of the state’s sovereign immunity but the state waived the immunity on airport assets in the 2015 deal. The attempts by Ugandan officials to renegotiate those terms continue to be rebuffed by the Chinese Exim Bank, leaving the Ugandan state in limbo on the matter.

This loan deal going ugly plays into the theme of the debilitating loans that the United States Secretary of State alluded to earlier this month about China tying African countries to funding agreements that are not so profitable for the continent over the long term.

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