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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Mongolia News: Homeless Deaths and Poverty Reduction

From today's news:

(1) Sharp temperature drop kills dozens in Mongolia: "ULAN BATOR, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Cold weather has killed 30 people in isolated, wind-swept Mongolia where temperatures plummeted from a warm 23 degrees Celsius on Friday to below zero, local media said. Most of the victims in the capital, Ulan Bator, were found over the weekend on the streets and at bus stops, the Daily News said. Alcohol abuse among the homeless in the city and across the vast steppe is also widespread and may have been a factor in the deaths, the newspaper said, adding that the victims were aged between 25 and 45. After a sunny and relatively warm first weeks of autumn, temperatures dropped from 23 C (73 Fahrenheit) to minus 10 C (14 F) in some parts of the country, followed by snow storms."

(2) Miner oppose legal overhaul in Mongolia: "Ragchaagiin Badamdamdin, the head of a parliamentary group promoting the [mining law] amendments, told a government hearing in Ulan Bator last week that the changes were needed to stop speculation in exploration permits and to fund anti-poverty and environmental spending."

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