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MEXICO CITY – An explosion followed by a fire at a gas plant in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas has killed at least 26 people, reports La Jornada.

Mexico’s state oil company Pemex said the fire broke out at around lunch time Tuesday outside the city of Reynosa, a few miles south of the U.S. border, reports BBC News.

Four of the dead were employees of the state oil company and 22 others were contractors, Pemex said. Forty-six people were injured, said CNN.

The road between Monterrey and Reynosa was shut down for a few hours as ambulances and firefighters rushed to the facility to try to control the situation and rescue the wounded.

Mexican troops have also been called in to help while more than 5,000 were evacuated.

According to the energy company, the fire was extinguished in 90 minutes and investigators are still working to determine the cause of the blast.

Such incidents are frequent in Mexico. Four workers were injured last week in a nearby plant owned by Pemex.

Another Pemex gas plant in Tamaulipas state was hit by a fire on August 13, but the company said no one was injured.

Plant accidents in Mexico are most often caused by illegal tapping of the state oil company's pipelines.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

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NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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