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New Chilean Miners Rescue Takes Just One Day, Media Circus Averted

LA TERCERA (Chile)

SANTIAGO – Emergency workers in Chile have pulled off another daring mine rescue, lifting two men to safety early Wednesday morning from a partially collapsed coal pit in the town of Colonel.

The rescue comes nearly two years after the world was captivated by the drama of Chile's "los 33," a group of 33 miners who were saved after spending more than two months underground.

This time, the miners – Richard Pérez Jara, 21, and Reinaldo Brevis Jaque, 39 – had been trapped for just 22 hours, La Tercerareported. They appear to be unharmed.

"At 2:12 a.m. they were reunited with their families. It was a very emotional scene," said Regional Governor Victor Lobos. "They're in perfect health. They came out in good spirits. They seemed a bit dehydrated and tired, but very happy, with fixed expressions on their faces, as if nothing had happened."

Authorities have temporarily shut the Colonel mine pending an investigation into the accident. "If it's determined that there was a security lapse or negligence, we will apply fines and sanctions that are proportional to the mistakes that were made," said Lobos.

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End-Of-Regime Vibe? Supreme Leader Keeps Referring To Shah's Final Days

In recent weeks, Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, has made repeated references to the end of Iran's last regime in 1979. Is may be a sign the country is indeed approaching another kind of revolution.

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Iran's Supreme Leader al Khamenei on Jan. 9

Office of Supreme Leader via ZUMA
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered his forces to clamp down with renewed vigor on the remains of the mass protests that erupted across Iran in mid-September. Initially a reaction to police brutality, these turned into the biggest anti-state protests of the Islamic Republic's 40-year history.

And they continue, in spite of thousands of arrests, more than 500 deaths on the streets and in custody, and four hangings. There was also outrage in Britain and across the world after the execution of British-Iranian Alireza Akbari, who had been sentenced to death.

All of this has angered the leader. In a speech in Tehran last week, Khamenei called the protests "treason" aimed at destroying Iran's "security, production of knowledge, economic output and tourism."

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