Rescuers among 36 killed in Russian mine accident

MOSCOW — Thirty-six people are dead after Russia's worst coal mining accident in years, with authorities saying Sunday that they have abandoned rescue efforts in the northern town of Vorkuta.

Four miners were killed in an explosion on Thursday at the Severnaya mine and 26 others were trapped after part of the mine collapsed.

Six rescue workers died Sunday in a second blast, which resulted from an effort to free the miners.

"This is a terrible tragedy for Russia and for our coal industry," Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said, after confirming that the 26 miners trapped in the mine were most likely dead.

The resulting fire more than 2,500 feet underground was to be extinguished by starving it of oxygen, said Denis Paikin, the technical director at Vorkutaugol, which runs the facility.

Eighty of the 110 men who were underground at the time of the accident were pulled to safety. — Deutsche Presse-Agentur

10 dead, including 2 children, in bus crash in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Authorities in northwestern Mexico say eight adults and two children were killed when a bus carrying a group went off a mountain road and crashed down about 150 feet into a ravine. All but three of the other 29 people on board suffered injuries.

Civil protection director Alonso Gomez in the Durango state town of Gomez Palacio said the accident happened Saturday as the bus headed back to his town. Gomez said Sunday that the driver said the brakes failed. — AP

Two restaurant bombings kill 13, Somali police say

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A Somali police officer said that at least 13 people were killed when two restaurants were attacked in the southwestern town of Baidao.

Yusuf Nur, a police officer in Baidoa said that the first restaurant was hit by a car bomb and a second nearby restaurant was targeted when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside.

Nur said the explosions were at the central Beder and Redo restaurants, which are popular with officials and residents.

Yasmin Ali, a nurse at the town's main hospital, said at least 20 people were being treated for injuries. — AP

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