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Explosion In Mexico City HQ Of Petrol Giant: 25 Dead, 100 Injured

EFE, EL INFORMADOR, EL MEXICANO, MILENIO (Mexico)

Worldcrunch

MEXICOCITY- Rescue workers continue to search for survivors after an explosion killed at least 25 people at the headquarters of Mexico's state-owned petroleum company Pemex.

The number of injured had surpassed 100 by early Friday, with some people still believed to be trapped underneath the rubble, reports Mexican weekly Milenio.

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File photo of Pemex Tower At Night by Eneas

Officials have given no cause of the explosion. The news agency EFE reports that some have suggested an increase in temperature of the complex electrical system is to blame. El Informador notes unconfirmed reports claiming that the explosion occurred in the building where all the top executives have their offices, raising the possiblity that it could have been a terrorist attack.

El Mexicano says that the Mexican Army and Navy, as well as civil protection officers, were called in to take care of the safety and rescue of victims. Pemex noted the presence of the President, Enrique Peña Nieto, who arrived along with the Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, to the Administrative Center of the company.

Journalists pressed Osorio Chong on reports that the oil company was targeted. "It would be very irresponsible to disclose information that has not been confirmed."

During his return trip to Mexico last night from Korea, the director general of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya Austin, said via Twitter: "We will thoroughly investigate the causes in full coordination with the authorities. The priority right now is to take care of all the injured."

Investigaremos a fondo las causas en plena coordinación con las autoridades. En este momento es prioridad atender a todos los lesionados.

— Emilio Lozoya Austin (@EmilioLozoyaAus) February 1, 2013

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

Photo of women walking in Ecuador

Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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