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Nine Peruvians rescued from collapsed mine

Nine Peruvians rescued from collapsed mine

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Nine Peruvian miners were extracted from a collapsed copper mine Wednesday morning after spending six days underground. They were trapped under the Cabeza de Negro mine in Ica, Peru since the cave-in last Thursday.

Cquote1.svg It’s pretty ugly inside. Cquote2.svg

—Freed miner

The rescue operation over the weekend was delayed by another cave-in. Workers used shovels, pickaxes, and wheelbarrows to remove more than 26 feet of earth. The only source of communication and provisions including food, water, and oxygen was a tube set in place before the shaft collapsed. Inside the mine, the men told jokes to maintain their spirits. “It’s pretty ugly inside,” said Edwin Bellido, one of the freed miners. “We slept on the ground on muddy plastic.”

President Ollanta Humala welcomed the miners as they ascended from the mine. The event rekindled Humala’s efforts to convert Peru’s illegal mines into government-recognized entities that could be regulated for safety. “This should lead us to reflect that we have to avoid these kind of risks because the results will not always be like today,” said Humala.

The nine men trapped in the southern mine will be alright after they get over dehydration and dizziness, the president said. Mining accidents killed more than 50 individuals last year in Peru’s illegal mines.



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Kentucky men plead not guilty in gay hate crime case

Kentucky men plead not guilty in gay hate crime case

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Two Kentucky cousins were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy, kidnapping, and assault against a gay man. They pleaded not guilty yesterday in a case the prosecution alleges is a hate crime motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation.

President Obama shakes hands with the sisters of James Byrd, Jr., and the mother of Matthew Shepard after the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is signed into law, Oct. 28, 2009.
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US Attorney Kerry B. Harvey says it is the first time that the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act will be used in a prosecution of a case in US courts. President Barack Obama signed the law in October 2009.

Cquote1.svg David Jason Jenkins and Anthony Ray Jenkins made a plan to assault Pennington because of his sexual orientation. Cquote2.svg

—U.S. federal indictment

The charges were brought against David Jason Jenkins, 37, and his cousin Anthony Ray Jenkins, 20.

On April 4, 2011, the two were allegedly involved in a nighttime incident in which Kevin Pennington says he was lured into a dark vehicle with the two men by two women, driven to the Kingdom Come State Park and assaulted.

Pennington says he was able to escape during the attack, hide in the woods, and seek help from the park’s office. After the incident, Pennington was bruised and had visible head injuries.

Pennington said he knew of the two men and believed they had been involved in a beating of a friend who is gay.

The 20-year-old Jenkins’ wife and sister, both 19, were not charged with the two men although it has been alleged that they verbally supported the cousins during the incident and used anti-gay language. The case involves an FBI recording of the elder Jenkins talking about his younger cousin’s motivations.

Andrew Stevens, who is the 37-year-old Jenkin’s lawyer, said it would be difficult to prove what someone was thinking in order to connect a crime to sexual orientation.

A conviction of a hate crime could result in a life sentence.



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First Algerian president Ahmed Ben Bella dies aged 95

First Algerian president Ahmed Ben Bella dies aged 95

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Ahmed Ben Bella, the first president of Algeria, died on Wednesday. He was 95.

Known for his struggle against French rule, Ben Bella led the nation from 1963 to 1965 having only learned Arabic during a prison sentence. He came from a poor, agricultural background and left school early, but it was during his schooldays he joined Messali Hadj‘s Algerian People’s Party.

Serving in World War II, Ben Bella was decorated with five medals for actions including conflict at the 1944 Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy and shooting down a German aircraft over Marseille, France. After the war he was elected to seniority within a group dedicated to ending French rule.

The movement was deemed illegal and Ben Bella escaped and fled two years after his 1951 arrest for his part in a fundraising robbery. He became a fugitive in Cairo. In 1956 he was re-arrested and imprisoned. A bloody conflict for Algerian independence eventually convinced France to relinquish control in 1962 and Ben Bella was freed. The following year he took control of a one-party nation.

Within years of attaining power, defence minister Houari Boumediene, an ally of current president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, overthrew Ben Bella in a coup. Ben Bella had grappled with post-war consolidation after about 1.5 million French left the nation, leaving gaps in its economy.

Ben Bella died at his Algiers home whilst asleep. He had been receiving hospital treatment for breathing problems. “Today we lost one of modern Algeria’s bravest leaders,” said Bouteflika, declaring eight days of mourning. Successive regimes detained Ben Bella first in prison and later his home from his deposition to 1980 when he left for Switzerland in exile, before being pardoned a decade later. He married journalist Zohra Sellami in 1971.



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European Court of Human Rights rules Germany allowed to ban incest

European Court of Human Rights rules Germany allowed to ban incest

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The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ruled bans upon incest do not breach the European Convention on Human Rights, and a German man’s conviction can stand.

Patrick Stuebing was put in an orphanage three years after his 1976 birth and did not meet his biological sister Susan Karolewski until their mother’s death in 2000. The brother and sister began a sexual relationship early in 2001 that lasted until 2005, when Stuebing was convicted of incest. Karolewski escaped conviction owing to a personality disorder deemed to reduce her culpability.

Stuebing, who served time in prison, claimed this amounted to a breach of his right to a family and private life. The court disagreed, noting “the protection of marriage and the family” and “the risk of significant [genetic] damage” to offspring as reasons for the ban.

Stuebing and Karolewski have four children, three of whom are in care and two of whom are disabled. It was argued in court that similarly risky situations, such as older women giving birth or parents who are themselves disabled, are entirely lawful.



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