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Mexican helicopter crash kills 13 earthquake survivors

by Leigh Jones
Posted 2/17/18, 12:28 pm

Thirteen people died and fifteen others suffered injuries when a military helicopter carrying Mexican officials crashed as it tried to land in a vacant field in southern Mexico. The officials, Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca Gov. Alejandro Murat, were surveying damage from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked the region Friday.

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Fearing ‘cultural invasion,’ Iran to ban English in schools

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by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/08/18, 01:51 pm

IRAN: Fearing “cultural invasion,” authorities banned the teaching of English in primary schools, as they continue to blame widespread protests in 80 cities on Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States. President Hassan Rouhani is calling for a lifting of the ban on social media, but Voice of America spokeswoman Anna Morris told me over the weekend all VOA broadcasts, including social media, remain blocked.

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12 dead in tourist bus crash in Mexico

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 12/20/17, 02:12 pm

Multiple Americans were among those killed early Tuesday in a bus accident in southeastern Mexico, according to an announcement by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City on Wednesday. The bus was transporting passengers from their cruise ships to visit the Chacchoben Mayan ruins. Officials from the Quintana Roo state government said eight Americans were killed, though the State Department did not confirm a number. Two Swedes, a Canadian, and the tour guide were also killed, and at least 13 others were injured. The bus flipped on a narrow two-lane highway.

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