- - Wednesday, April 11, 2012


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.


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.


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.

The newborn girl has been named Luz Milagros, or “Miracle Light.” She was in critical but improving condition Wednesday in the same hospital where the staff pronounced her stillborn April 3.

The case became public Tuesday when the deputy provincial health minister announced that five medical professionals involved have been suspended pending an official investigation.

Mother Analia Bouguet told the TeleNoticias TV channel in an interview Tuesday night that she still just has a death certificate, not a birth certificate. A medical malpractice suit is planned.


Suspected U.S. airstrike kills 12 terrorists

SANAA — A suspected U.S. airstrike has killed at least 12 al Qaeda terrorists traveling in a military vehicle in the country’s embattled south, Yemeni military officials said Wednesday.

The vehicle, which was stolen from an army post in recent days, was parked when it was hit Wednesday south of the town of Lawder in Abyan province, they said.

Residents said the vehicle took a direct hit, leaving it destroyed with bodies strewn nearby.

The area has seen heavy fighting between government forces and militants in the past three days.

U.S. officials could not immediately be reached for comment. U.S. drones have targeted al Qaeda leaders in Yemen in the past.


President reassures Jews of their value to society

TUNIS — Tunisia’s president reassured his nation’s Jews of their place in society Wednesday in a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of an al Qaeda truck bomb at a synagogue on the island of Djerba that killed 21 people.

President Moncef Marzouki flew to the island accompanied by Tunisia’s grand rabbi, Haim Bitan, to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence to remember the victims of the truck bombing, which included 14 German and two French tourists.

“All forms of discrimination against Jews, assaults on their lives, possessions or religion are forbidden,” he said in a speech inside the synagogue, as he unveiled a plaque.

“Tunisian Jews are an integral part of our people and they share all the rights and duties. Whoever violates their rights attacks all Tunisians.”

The speech comes at a time when Tunisia’s small Jewish community is facing pressure from extremist Muslim groups after an uprising last year overthrew Tunisia’s decades-old secular dictatorship.

With a population of 10.7 million, Tunisia has about 1,500 Jews.


Lawmakers fear Olympics will swamp Heathrow

LONDON — British lawmakers are questioning Heathrow Airport’s ability to cope with an influx of passengers during the London Olympics this summer.

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee is warning that long lines at immigration could force planes to sit on runways or circle Europe’s busiest airport.

The concerns were expressed in a letter to Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt from John Whittingdale, the committee chairman.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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