Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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2 killed, 20 hurt in mining accident in Colo.

Ouraq, Colo.

2 killed, 20 hurt in mining accident

Two workers were killed and 20 others were injured Sunday in a mining accident near the southwestern Colorado town of Ouray.

The Ouray County Sheriff's Office was called to the Revenue-Virginius mine about 7:20 a.m., county spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said. The miners were underground and were confirmed dead Sunday afternoon.

Whitmore said the cause of the accident wasn't known.

Star Mine Operations LLC, the owner of the mine, couldn't be reached by the Associated Press for comment, but Whitmore said the company has accounted for all of the workers at the site.

Rory Williams, project manager for Star Mine Operations, told the Ouray Watch newspaper that the accident was not related to a cave-in or mine collapse but was apparently a "powder-smoke incident," and that the release of chemicals in the smoke injured the miners.

Lebanon

Syria fighting triggers exodus of refugees

A new Syrian offensive in the mountainous terrain bordering Lebanon has triggered a fresh exodus of thousands of Syrians into a country already burdened by the largest number of refugees in the region, U.N. officials said Sunday.

A thousand families sought shelter between Friday and Sunday in the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal after government forces attacked their villages in Syria, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Meanwhile, at least 31 Syrian troops, including four senior officers, were killed Sunday in a bombing that collapsed a building on a government military base just north of Damascus, an anti-government monitoring group said. It was one of the deadliest attacks on government soldiers in recent months.

The timing of the bombing on the army base suggested that rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad were trying to blunt recent government advances.

Chile

Former president leads vote count

Michelle Bachelet, who was president of Chile from 2006 to 2010, won nearly twice as many votes as her closest rival in Sunday's presidential election, but she fell short of the outright majority needed to avoid a Dec. 15 runoff.

With nearly all votes counted, the moderate socialist Bachelet had nearly 47 percent, to 25 percent for conservative Evelyn Matthei. Seven other candidates trailed far behind.

pAKISTAN

Musharraf will face treason charges

Pakistan's government said Sunday that it was initiating a treason prosecution of the former ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the government had asked the Supreme Court to establish a special panel to try Musharraf on accusations that he subverted the Constitution in late 2007 when he imposed emergency rule and fired much of the judiciary.

Elsewhere

Libya: The deputy chief of Libya's intelligence service was abducted from the parking lot of the airport in Tripoli on Sunday as a standoff between militias and a general strike against militia rule virtually shut the city.

Iraq: Explosions targeting public markets and security checkpoints killed 44 people across Iraq on Sunday and wounded over 100, officials said.

Egypt: A cargo train traveling south of Egypt's capital slammed into vehicles crossing the tracks early today, killing at least 24 people, many from the same family returning from a wedding party, state TV and the head of emergency services said.

South Africa: Former President Nelson Mandela remains "quite ill" and unable to speak because of tubes that are keeping his lungs clear of fluid, though he is relaxed, former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told the Sunday Independent newspaper.

Times wires

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