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A family walks on a street as flames rise in the distance from an explosion at the Amuay refinery near Punto Fijo, Venezuela. Residents near the country’s biggest oil refinery said they smelled a strong odor of sulfur hours before a gas leak led to an explosion on Saturday. The fire was still burning on Sunday (below). The blast damaged 209 homes and 11 businesses. (Associated Press)

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