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Twenty seven of 29 men killed in New Zealand's Pike River coal mine.
New Zealand's TVNZ says a massive, second explosion erupted today in the Pike River coal mine, dashing hope for a rescue of 29 men trapped since last Friday. Police say no one could live through the blast, which was longer and more intense than last week's. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says it's a national tragedy and plans to launch a formal inquiry.
PORTUGUESE WORKERS STRIKE AGAINST AUSTERITY PLANS
NPR's Phil Reeves tells Morning Edition Portugal's two largest trade unions are furious over the government's planned budget cuts to rein in heavy debt. Flights, buses and ferries are not in service. The Portuguese parliament will start reviewing proposed government cuts on Friday, and wages and pensions will get smaller while taxes will rise. The idea is to convince international investors that Portugal doesn't need a bailout like Ireland does. But Reuters notes the cost of insuring Portugese debt against default is rising. It's rising for Spain and Belgium, too.
CAMBODIA: STAMPEDE TRIGGERED BY SWAYING BRIDGE
The AP cites Cambodian media reports which say festival-goers were frightened when the bridge they were standing on began to move.
Bayon TV, which serves as a mouthpiece for the (Cambodian) government, said that the high-level committee set up to probe the Monday night tragedy found that many of the people on the bridge were from the countryside and unaware that it was normal for a suspension bridge to sway. In their fear it was collapsing, they tried to run off.
At least 378 people were killed.