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|At least 20 killed in pipeline explosion in central Mexico ||Follow live: Patriots, Chiefs meet in AFC title game |
A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 20 people and badly burning 60 others as locals tried to collect the spilling gasoline in buckets, officials said. The leak was caused by fuel thieves illegally tapping the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, about 62 miles (100 kilometres) north of Mexico City, according to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Video footage showed dozens of residents near the town of Tlahuelilpan gathered to collect spilled fuel in buckets, garbage cans and other vessels. Fuel was seen spouting dozens of feet into the air from the tap. Footage then showed flames shooting high into the air and the pipeline ablaze. Hidalgo Governor Omar Fayad said 20 people were killed immediately and 60 suffered burns in the blast at the duct that carries fuel -apparently gasoline - from the Gulf coast to the Mexico City area. "Caring for the wounded is our top priority," Fayad wrote. Pemex attributed the blaze to "the manipulation of an illegal tap." Flames engulf an area after a ruptured fuel pipeline exploded, in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo Credit: Reuters President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has declared an offensive against fuel theft, and on Friday he called on all branches of government to assist the victims. Hidalgo state police said the leak was first reported at about 5pm local time. "There was a report that residents were on the scene trying to obtain fuel," according to a police report. Two hours later, the pipeline burst into flames. It is not the first time such an accident has occurred. Mexican soldiers at a fire after a leaking gas pipeline triggered a blaze in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state Credit: AFP In December 2010, authorities blamed oil thieves for a pipeline explosion in a central Mexico near the capital that killed 28 people, including 13 children. That blast burned people and scorched homes, affecting 5,000 residents in an area six miles (10 kilometres) wide in San Martin Texmelucan. Lopez Obrador launched an offensive against the $3 billion per-year fuel theft industry after taking office Deember. 1. Thieves drilled about 12,581 illegal taps in the first 10 months of 2018 and the country has deployed 3,200 marines to guard pipelines and refineries. The new administration has also shut down pipelines to detect and deter illegal taps, relying more on delivering fuel by tanker truck. But there aren't enough trucks, and long lines continued Wednesday at gas stations in several states.
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|Syria says air defence responds to Israeli raids ||Super Bowl berth a reward for Rams going all-in |
Syrian air defences on Sunday responded to Israeli air raids in the south of the country, state news agency SANA reported quoting a military source. The air defence systems "prevented Israeli air strikes from achieving their objectives in the south" of the country, the report said without giving further details. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor, Rami Abdel Rahman, said the region targeted was south of Damascus near the Kisweh area.
| Los Angeles spent big on both sides of the ball and had expectations to match. It was all worth it as the Rams made their first Super Bowl since 2001. |
|Snow: Flight cancellations now stretch into Sunday ||Saints' Payton: Referee chief admitted blown call |
Airlines are already canceling flights ahead of a new winter storm forecast to bring snow and ice from the Great Plains to the Midwest and Northeast.
| Sean Payton said the NFL's head of officials told him the officials "blew the call" by not penalizing the Los Angeles Rams for pass interference late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFC Championship Game. |
|Divided over leadership, but united in goals, women march and rally in New York ||Top-5 recruit Stewart commits to Washington |
Women in New York City on Saturday could march, rally or protest in a variety of locations under different auspices, but the messages, and even one of the messengers, were similar.
| Top-five senior Isaiah Stewart announced his commitment to Washington on Sunday night at the Hoophall Classic. |
|All the best signs from Women's March events around the world ||Lakers' Ball (ankle sprain) to miss 4-6 weeks |
The Women's March is back for its third year, and despite several layers of controversy surrounding the march's leadership, highly attended events were still held across the world. In Dec. 2018, the march came under fire when Tablet Magazine reported allegations that the organization's leaders made anti-Semitic remarks. The fallout was fierce and the allegations were handled in a way that drew added criticism, with Women's March leader Tamika Mallory refusing to condemn anti-Jewish comments on The View earlier this week and several civil and women's rights groups declining to participate in the events. Despite the controversy, several local organizers decided to take part in the events, and many women across America showed up ready to march, keeping to tradition with witty-as-ever signs in hand. SEE ALSO: Why local organizers support the Women's March despite controversy As we've learned from the 2017 and 2018 marches, women standing up for their rights make some kick-ass signs. It's no surprise that this year's sign game was also remarkably impressive, so we wanted to take a bit of time to appreciate some of the masterpieces. > Love all of the poster creativity, especially the one that says, "No old white guys 2020!" #WomensWave #WomensMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/6HL3Dom1QK > > -- Gregory A. Cendana (@gregorycendana) January 19, 2019 > One of my favorite signs from this year's NYC #WomensMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/Tq9Xk6BFhM > > -- Molly Bangs (@MollyBangs) January 19, 2019 > Someone made a great sign #WomensMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/dZVFJgGSLi > > -- Ruth Gregory (@RRGregory1) January 19, 2019 > My favorite sign from the #WomensMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/J4SvsdrhPB > > -- Evan Shreffler (@shreff21) January 19, 2019 > So many Marie Kondo references on these signs. #WomensMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/wGfnqM1MFf > > -- Hafsa Quraishi (@hafiisaa) January 19, 2019 > The most important sign. #WomensMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/ouaF9C89XI > > -- Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) January 19, 2019 > my favorite sign so far #WomensMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/5Lujsjy5Lr > > -- maddie (@madelyngcole) January 19, 2019 > Good signs at #WomensMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/sDH7pbTRHO > > -- Paige Krzysko (@smilepaige) January 19, 2019 > Fave sign from women's march #WomensMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/kByZtMHuTy > > -- hannah (@chuck_chestnut) January 19, 2019 Image: Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock Image: Jose Luis Magana/AP/REX/Shutterstock Image: EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images Image: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images Image: Zach Gibson/Getty Images Image: Rob Kim/Getty Images Image: EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images Image: EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images Image: Carsten Koall/Getty Images ## WATCH: A new study says women are abused every 30 seconds on Twitter
| Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is expected to miss four to six weeks after an MRI revealed a Grade 3 left ankle sprain suffered Saturday night against the Rockets, the team announced Sunday. |
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The Importance of Free Press in a Democracy
Before we can understand the importance of a free press in a democracy, we need to grasp what it means to have a free press. The Cambridge Dictionary tells us that a free press allows all media outlets to express whatever opinions they desire. That means, it says, that they are enabled to â€œcriticize the government and other organizations.â€ So why would that be relevant in a democracy?
Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?
â€œCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.â€ -- The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One
Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nationâ€™s military, the mindâ€™s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagonâ€™s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.
Capitalism and The Wealth Gap
When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.
Living Wages Are A Global Problem
The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.
Ukraine: Not What It Seems
After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.
Coup Or Civil War In Egypt
The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.