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AGENCIES

SURINAME

Seven killed in mine

Seven men were killed and two seriously injured when the sand walls of a gold mine collapsed at Money Hill, about 150km southeast of the capital, Paramaribo, police said on Sunday. Police inspector Bertrand Riedewald said the accident occurred late on Saturday when a mudslide eroded the open pit’s 20m walls and buried the miners, who were mainly from the indigenous Maroon community. “Three miners were able to escape during the collapsing, while two survivors got severely injured and were taken for medical treatment to the hospital,” Riedewald said. The mine belongs to the Surgold concession, a joint venture between US-based multinationals Alcoa and Newmont. The seven bodies were recovered early on Sunday, after the removal of dirt and debris.

IRAQ

TV reporter shot to death

Police say gunmen stormed the home of a TV reporter and shot him to death in front of his parents in Mosul. Eighteen-year-old Mazin Mardan was the third employee of the al-Mousiliyah satellite channel to be killed by insurgents. A hospital official in the city confirmed the slaying. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. Reporters Without Borders says at least 230 media workers have been killed in the country since 2003.

UNITED STATES

Mrs Bush not high on Palin

Former first lady Barbara Bush doesn’t appear to think much of Sarah Palin’s White House aspirations, saying the former Alaska governor should stick to her home state. In an interview with CNN’s Larry King that was to air yesterday, Bush said she sat next to Palin once and “thought she was beautiful.” The outspoken wife of former president George H.W. Bush said Palin, who is considering a presidential run in 2012, seems “very happy in Alaska” but then added, “I hope she’ll stay there.”

UNITED STATES

St Louis heads wrong list

A national study found that St Louis overtook Camden, New Jersey, as the nation’s most dangerous city last year. The study released on Sunday by CQ Press found St Louis had 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 429.4. That helped St Louis beat out Camden, which topped last year’s list and was the most dangerous city for 2003 and 2004. Detroit, Flint, Michigan, and Oakland, California, rounded out the top five. For the second straight year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie, New York. The annual rankings are based on population figures and crime data compiled by the FBI.

MEXICO

Former governor killed

A group of gunmen opened fire on former Colima state governor Silverio Cavazos outside his home on Sunday, killing him in an attack that also wounded his wife, state authorities said. Rescue workers rushed to the scene after the gunmen shot at the couple as they left their home, the state prosecutor’s office said. They were taken to hospital where Cavazos died and his wife was in serious condition, it added. Cavazos finished his gubernatorial term in the Pacific coast state a year ago. President Felipe Calderon voiced a “strong condemnation” of the murder, in a statement from his office. Politicians current and former increasingly have been targeted. A candidate for governor of Tamaulipas state also was slain in June while campaigning. And at least 14 mayors have been murdered this year.

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