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Mexico blast kills at least 33, flagging Pemex safety woes

A cyclist rides past crosses set up for deceased miners in Sabinas January 15, 2013. Everyday, thousands of miners go to work in the unregulated coals mines of northern Mexico knowing they may not return. Facing death on a daily basis has become a fact of life for these men as they struggle to scrape out a living in an environment bereft of rules and regulations, lacking even the most basic equipment. Unregulated mines are legal in Mexico. A company buys or leases land from a cooperative and is legally allowed to mine on it, but is not subject to any regulations. Despite the dangers, some 30,000 miners find themselves willing to take the risk, approaching their job with a matter-of-fact philosophy. Picture taken January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A cyclist rides past crosses set up for deceased miners in Sabinas January 15, 2013. Everyday, thousands of miners go to work in the unregulated coals mines of northern Mexico knowing they may not return. Facing death on a daily basis has become a...more

A cyclist rides past crosses set up for deceased miners in Sabinas January 15, 2013. Everyday, thousands of miners go to work in the unregulated coals mines of northern Mexico knowing they may not return. Facing death on a daily basis has become a fact of life for these men as they struggle to scrape out a living in an environment bereft of rules and regulations, lacking even the most basic equipment. Unregulated mines are legal in Mexico. A company buys or leases land from a cooperative and is legally allowed to mine on it, but is not subject to any regulations. Despite the dangers, some 30,000 miners find themselves willing to take the risk, approaching their job with a matter-of-fact philosophy. Picture taken January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (C) speaks to the media after visiting people injured in the Pemex blast, in Mexico City February 1, 2013. Rescue workers pulled out more bodies from debris at the headquarters of Mexican state oil giant Pemex on Friday after a powerful explosion killed at least 32 people and threw a spotlight back onto the state-run company's poor safety record. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (C) speaks to the media after visiting people injured in the Pemex blast, in Mexico City February 1, 2013. Rescue workers pulled out more bodies from debris at the headquarters of Mexican state oil giant Pemex on...more

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (C) speaks to the media after visiting people injured in the Pemex blast, in Mexico City February 1, 2013. Rescue workers pulled out more bodies from debris at the headquarters of Mexican state oil giant Pemex on Friday after a powerful explosion killed at least 32 people and threw a spotlight back onto the state-run company's poor safety record. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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Paramedics wheel an injured person to a helicopter at the parking lot of the state-run oil company Pemex after an explosion in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Paramedics wheel an injured person to a helicopter at the parking lot of the state-run oil company Pemex after an explosion in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Paramedics wheel an injured person to a helicopter at the parking lot of the state-run oil company Pemex after an explosion in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo
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Workers carry a body recovered from the site of an explosion at the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

Workers carry a body recovered from the site of an explosion at the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

Workers carry a body recovered from the site of an explosion at the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya
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Pemex personnel have coffee during a break outside the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Pemex personnel have coffee during a break outside the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Pemex personnel have coffee during a break outside the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo
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Ambulances and rescue personnel are seen on a street outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

Ambulances and rescue personnel are seen on a street outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

Ambulances and rescue personnel are seen on a street outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya
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Relatives of Pemex's employees wait for information of their family members outside Pemex hospital in Azcapotzalco in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Relatives of Pemex's employees wait for information of their family members outside Pemex hospital in Azcapotzalco in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Relatives of Pemex's employees wait for information of their family members outside Pemex hospital in Azcapotzalco in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
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An injured woman is being transferred to a stretcher outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

An injured woman is being transferred to a stretcher outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

An injured woman is being transferred to a stretcher outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias
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A worker walks past debris piled outside the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

A worker walks past debris piled outside the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

A worker walks past debris piled outside the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya
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A coroner's vehicle arrives at the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

A coroner's vehicle arrives at the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

A coroner's vehicle arrives at the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya
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Handlers and their dogs walk near the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

Handlers and their dogs walk near the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

Handlers and their dogs walk near the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya
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A man wheels an injured Pemex's employee as she leaves Pemex hospital in Azcapotzalco in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

A man wheels an injured Pemex's employee as she leaves Pemex hospital in Azcapotzalco in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

A man wheels an injured Pemex's employee as she leaves Pemex hospital in Azcapotzalco in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
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Relatives of Pemex's employees wait for information of their family members outside Pemex hospital in Azcapotzalco in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Relatives of Pemex's employees wait for information of their family members outside Pemex hospital in Azcapotzalco in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Relatives of Pemex's employees wait for information of their family members outside Pemex hospital in Azcapotzalco in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
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A rescue worker carries a broken office chair as others try to clear debris inside the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

A rescue worker carries a broken office chair as others try to clear debris inside the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

A rescue worker carries a broken office chair as others try to clear debris inside the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya
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Relatives of Pemex's employees wait for information of their family members outside a Pemex hospital in Azcapotzalco in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Relatives of Pemex's employees wait for information of their family members outside a Pemex hospital in Azcapotzalco in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Relatives of Pemex's employees wait for information of their family members outside a Pemex hospital in Azcapotzalco in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
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An injured person is transported on a stretcher the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

An injured person is transported on a stretcher the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

An injured person is transported on a stretcher the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias
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An elderly man is being helped outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

An elderly man is being helped outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

An elderly man is being helped outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias
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An injured man is being transported in an office chair outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

An injured man is being transported in an office chair outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

An injured man is being transported in an office chair outside the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias
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A soldier stands guard near the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

A soldier stands guard near the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

A soldier stands guard near the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias
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Two women react while leaving the premises of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

Two women react while leaving the premises of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

Two women react while leaving the premises of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias
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Shattered windows are seen on one side of the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

Shattered windows are seen on one side of the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

Shattered windows are seen on one side of the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Alejandro Dias
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Soldiers and rescue workers remove debris inside the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

Soldiers and rescue workers remove debris inside the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

Soldiers and rescue workers remove debris inside the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya
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