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Little hope of survivors after 21 die in Iran mine rescue bid

TEHRAN: There was little hope of finding any survivors at a mine in northern Iran where 21 miners died trying to rescue their trapped workmates, a rescue official said Thursday. The 21 perished in a failed rescue bid after an explosion Wednesday caused a mile-long tunnel to partially collapse, news agencies said. "The hope of finding the remaining 14 miners still alive is now minimal," Sadegh-Ali Moghadam, emergencies director of Golestan province, was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. Officials had…