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ities said on Sun-
day they were
investigating the alleged
killings of a group of miners
in the jungle state of Boli-
var, following reports they
were gruesomely murdered
in a fight for control of a
Citing people who report-
ed witnessing the incident,
family members and oppo-
sition politicians said a gang
shot and dismembered with
a chainsaw as many as 28
miners on Friday in a battle
for the Atenas wildcat mine.
Families have blocked a
main street in the nearby
town of Tumeremo to seek
information about the miss-
One man said his son and
a friend were nearing the
deposit on a motorbike when
they were stopped at a
checkpoint where he said
gang members and men in
security forces uniforms
were holding miners captive.
"He tried to escape, but
was shot," the man said of
"They forced the (other)
miners to pick up the bodies
and throw them into a truck.
They threw my son s
remains" in another mine,
added the man, who said his
child used mining to finance
his legal studies.
State Governor Francisco
Rangel on Saturday denied
a massacre had occurred,
accusing "irresponsible politicians" of seeking to
stir unrest with false information.
Rangel, a member of the ruling Socialist Party,
said there had been a shootout between gangs
but that no one had been hurt. Security officials
examined the site of the alleged massacre, he
added, and did not find suggestions or proof of
Venezuela s public prosecutor s office said it
had appointed two investigators, without providing
The country s opposition accused the govern-
ment of trying to cover up the incident.
The opposition accuses some members of
Venezuela s military of participating in the lucrative
illegal mining trade in a violent area near the bor-
ders of Guyana and Brazil.
"The governor s statement that nothing has
happened here is illogical," said Carlos Chancellor,
mayor of Sifontes municipality where Atenas
mine is located. "There are witnesses here who
say they were shot and killed."
The government says troops in the area defend
the environment and local inhabitants from illegal
miners, and often accuses the opposition of
smearing the army.
The discovery of her corpse in an elevator
has led to the detention of an elevator
maintenance crew who improperly cut off
power to the elevator a month ago without
checking if anyone was inside.
In a statement posted Saturday, the
Gaoling district government said two main-
tenance workers turned off the power
source on January 30 to the elevator in a
residential building after they were called to
check on a glitch.
When a crew returned a month later, on
March 1, for repairs, they found a corpse
there, the government said
The woman was identified as a 43-year-
old resident who was living by herself. Po-
lice ruled out any foul play but concluded
her death was caused by the gross negli-
gence on the part of the maintenance crew
in a case of involuntary manslaughter, the
China has poor records on workplace
safety where proper safety procedures and
practices are routinely ignored
In July, a Chinese woman was killed when
she was swallowed by a mall escalator
when a metal platform on top of the escala-
tor suddenly caved in. She was holding her
two-year-old son then but tossed the child
to safety when she fell into the crevice.
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South Africa s main
opposition party has
accused President Jacob
Zuma of making "out-
rageously sexist" com-
ments when he told
female journalists on
Saturday that was diffi-
cult to compliment
women in a "white
man s world," the
News24 site reports.
Zuma, who has four
wives, said modern
women were too quick to
say they were being
harassed when men were
ing them, it reports.
"It s a pity we live in a
white man s world; you
can t even say Gqezu,
Gqezu ntomazane! Non-
genazo izinkomo uyayidla
inyama ," it quotes him as
This was a Zulu saying
loosely meaning that even
if you don t have enough
money to pay lobola
(dowry), you can still get
married, News24 says.
Zuma added that if
men could compliment
women the way they did
in the past, his body-
guards would compli-
ment the journalists,
News 24 reports.
"But when men com-
pliment you innocently,
you say it s harassment.
You will miss out on good
men and marriage," Zuma
said, laughing, it adds.
In her reaction, Dem-
ocratic Alliance (DA) party
Van Damme said the
comments were "outra-
geously sexist and an
insult to every single
woman in our country".
"It is precisely this
patriarchal attitude that
allows for women to
remain the subjects of
high levels of violence and
sexual abuse throughout
our country," Van Damme
said, News24 reports.
Woman starves to death after trapped in elevator
GEORGETOWN---The South American country of
Guyana says it will hire more guards and take steps
to ease overcrowding at its main prison, where 17
inmates died in a three-day riot.
Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said
yesterday that prisons in rural western Guyana are
being upgraded to house additional prisoners now
being held in the capital of Georgetown. He said the
number of guards in the country s interior also needs
to be boosted from 54 to 100.
The government recently promised that it also
would improve food, speed up trials and increase
the number of telephone calls to families.
The uprising occurred last Thursday when inmates
set mattresses on fire to protest prison conditions.
A top prison official has been placed on leave as offi-
cials investigate the riot. (AP)
Guyana pledges to ease
SAN JUAN---Volunteers from across Puerto Rico
are discussing ways to reduce risks to endangered
sea turtles as the massive creatures start arriving
on island shores for a nesting season that runs
Commonwealth Natural Resources Secretary Car-
men Guerrero lauded the volunteers during a Saturday
gathering for spending their nights and early mornings
patrolling beaches to protect and document the sea
The groups monitor beaches across Puerto Rico
and at San Juan s Condado and Isla Verde tourist
areas. They documented a record 2,013 turtle nests
in 2014 and expect 2016 to be very active because
nesting activity surges every other year.
The volunteers also said they would develop a
database and digital library on sea turtles in Puerto
They are trained by government certified marine
Puerto Rico groups prepare
for a turtle nesting season
Dozens of Islamic State militant group (ISIS)
fighters have defected from the group in Aleppo to
join a rival Islamist group, according to amateur
footage released on Sunday.
The video shows a purported deserter holding up
his ISIS identity card, while dozens of men walk
along a dusty road in the background. He tells the
person behind the camera why he and the men
behind him decided to leave the group.
"They killed us, they called us infidels, they both-
ered us a lot, even in our homes, they doubted us,
we supported them and they doubted us," the alleged
militant says in a video obtained by Reuters.
The men, whose nationalities are unknown, pur-
portedly left to join an unidentified rival Islamist
Between January 2014 and August 2015, the Inter-
national Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and
Political Violence (ICSR), a British think tank, mon-
itored 58 public defections from ISIS,.
Video shows dozens of
ISIS fighters 'deserting'
Elena de Chavez weeps before the tomb of her son, Venezuela's late
President Hugo Chavez, on the third anniversary of his death, inside the
4F military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday. Chavez died of
cancer at age 58 on March 5, 2013. AP PHOTO
28 miners killed in battle over illegal gold mine
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