- - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

PERU

ICA — Nine Peruvian miners were rescued Wednesday after six days trapped in an abandoned copper mine.

The nine, ranging in age from 23 to 58, walked out without assistance about an hour after dawn from a reinforced tunnel that rescuers had built as they removed more than 26 feet of dirt and rock.

The miners wore sunglasses and were covered with blankets. President Ollanta Humala greeted them.

Mr. Humala had spent the night at the mine 150 miles southeast of Lima.

The miners were trapped by a cave-in triggered by an explosion they had set.

SOUTH KOREA

Ruling party claims parliamentary victory

SEOUL — South Korea’s ruling party claimed a majority Thursday in a parliamentary election that centered on domestic issues but had implications for Seoul’s relationship with the North.

President Lee Myung-bak’s conservative Saenuri Party was expected to win at least 152 seats, while his liberal rivals were set to claim 140 in the race for 300 parliamentary seats, the National Election Commission said with 1 percent of ballots left uncounted. South Koreans went to the polls a day earlier.

Ties between the two Koreas plummeted during Mr. Lee’s tenure, with two attacks Seoul blames on Pyongyang killing 50 South Koreans in 2010. North Korea also conducted a long-range rocket launch and tested a nuclear device in 2009. The North is expected to launch another rocket sometime before Monday.

After North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died in December and his son Kim Jong-un took over, Pyongyang stepped up criticism of Mr. Lee, accusing his government of failing to pay proper respect to Kim Jong-il.

ARGENTINA

Miracle baby found alive in morgue

BUENOS AIRES — A mother in Argentina said she fell to her knees in shock after finding her baby alive in a coffin in the morgue 12 hours after the girl was declared dead.

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