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Congo Gold Miners Scour Rubble For Bodies After Cave-In

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Congo Gold Miners Scour Rubble For Bodies After Cave-In

Gold miners in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo dug through rubble over the weekend searching for more than fifty of their colleagues who are presumed dead after a mine collapsed under the weight of heavy rain.

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Hundreds of young men were at the site of the mine collapse as some removed rocks by hand from the muddy hillside looking to recover bodies of the dead.

This is almost an annual occurrence in the largely unregulated Arisanal mines in the DR Congo.  Ill-equipped diggers often descend deep underground searching for gold ore.

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South Kivu provincial governor’s office said in a statement most of the victims were young persons.  He said the search would continue today Monday to recover and identify the deceased miners.  He further said steps would be taken to prevent a repeat of such incidents.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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