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Bus crash kills 23, injures 17 in southwest Haiti

Posted: 03 May 2014 08:35 PM PDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A bus crash in southwest Haiti killed 23 people and injured 17 on Saturday, authorities said.

The mayor of the city of Jeremie, Ronald Etienne, told Reuters that the cause of the accident was not known.

The accident occurred near the coastal town of Roseau, east of Jeremie, according to media reports. Most of the dead were from the town of d'Anse d'Hainault on the far western tip of the southern peninsula, the reports said.

Haiti's rural road infrastructure is in poor shape though foreign assistance after the 2010 earthquake has led to improvements on the national two-lane highway in the southwest.

(Writing by David Adams; Editig by Robert Birsel)

Chinese oil engineers kidnapped in Sudan freed - Xinhua agency

Posted: 03 May 2014 08:25 PM PDT

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - (This May 2 story has been corrected to fix date of kidnapping to April 2014, not April 2013)

Two Chinese engineers kidnapped in Sudan have been released, the official Xinhua media service said on Friday, citing a source at the Chinese embassy in Khartoum.

The engineers had been held by the Darfur Justice and Equality Movement, an armed group opposed to the Sudanese central government.

"The two Chinese engineers were released due to efforts made by the Sudanese government and the Chinese embassy in Khartoum," Xinhua quoted the unnamed source as saying.

Chinese media reported that the Darfur group had attacked the Kunar oil field, operated by the Sudanese Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company in the West Kordofan State, on April 18, abducting three engineers, two of them Chinese and one Sudanese.

Chinese workers in Sudan have been repeatedly abducted by Sudanese resistance groups, embarrassing the Khartoum government, which has been engaged in a long-running struggle with ethnically and religiously distinct tribes in the southern and western parts of the country.

China is a major customer for Sudanese oil and an investor in developing infrastructure in the country to facilitate its delivery to the Chinese market.

The partition of Sudan into two countries in 2011, Sudan and South Sudan, was seen as a big diplomatic setback for Beijing, which had invested heavily in developing a relationship with Khartoum to secure rights to energy supplies for one of the world's largest energy consumers.

(Reporting by Pete Sweeney, editing by Gareth Jones)

Ten bodies recovered from collapsed Colombia mine

Posted: 03 May 2014 07:55 PM PDT

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Rescue workers had pulled 10 bodies from the rubble of a collapsed illegal gold mine in Colombia by Saturday, the government said, three days after it caved in, and six are still believed to be buried under tonnes of mud and gravel.

The mine in Santander de Quilichao in southwestern Cauca province collapsed just before midnight on Wednesday when workers were at the site. Three bodies were recovered shortly after but excavators have been digging for days to reach others buried deeper.

"The search continues with dogs and the rescue personnel to find the site where could be more victims," said Captain Victor Claros, commander of the Santander de Quilichao's fire and rescue brigade.

The Mines and Energy Ministry confirmed the recovery of 10 bodies in a statement.

A large proportion of Colombia's gold output comes from illegal mines, many under the control of leftist guerrillas who have been fighting the government for five decades. Precarious conditions at the mines lead to frequent accidents.

The ministry said there had been 30 fatalities linked to illegal mining activity this year.

Authorities have said attempts to close the mine had failed due to the hostile reaction of workers and those in control of the site.

The tragedy follows one a week ago in which four people died after inhaling toxic gases at an artisanal mine in the western province of Antioquia.

(Reporting by Peter Murphy and Nelson Bocanegra; Writing by Peter Murphy; Editing by Robert Birsel)


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