11 trapped miners rescued from gold mine in China

Beijing: Eleven miners, trapped underground for two weeks following a blast in a gold mine in east China’s Shandong Province, have been rescued, the state media reported on Sunday. The authorities have been racing to dig out 22 miners trapped underground in the partially built gold mine in the city of Qixia in Shandong Province, since the explosion blocked their exit on January 10. The rescuers set free two workers on Sunday, bringing the number of rescued miners to 11, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. PTI

Portugal chooses a president amid pandemic surge

Lisbon: Portugal held a presidential election on Sunday, with the moderate incumbent candidate strongly favoured to earn a second five-year term as a devastating Covid-19 surge grips the European Union nation. The head of state in Portugal has no legislative powers, which lie with parliament and the government, but is an influential voice in the running of the country. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, 72, is regarded as the clear front-runner among seven candidates. He is a law professor who as President has consistently had an approval rating of 60 per cent or more. AP

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