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Fate of 65 Mexican Miners Unknown


Rescue workers in Mexico continue the effort to reach 65 miners trapped by an explosion, but they are making slow progress clearing debris from the mine passage.

On Monday, workers in Coahuila state used hand tools to dig their way toward the trapped miners. They did not use electric tools or lights for fear of igniting explosive gas in the mine.

An explosion early Sunday morning collapsed portions of the mine.

The miners are believed to be about three kilometers from the mine's entrance. Officials said they carried only six hours of emergency oxygen, and as time goes on, hopes for their survival are fading.

Family members have gathered at the mine's entrance to await word of the fate of their loved ones.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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