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Chile Mine Rescue: Global Reactions (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 10/14/10 01:54 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:00 PM ET

As the Chile mine rescue ordeal unfolded over roughly 36 hours, few around the world were able to tear their eyes away from their TV or computer screens. And from the moment the first of the 33 men was rescued from the San Jose mine, the spectacle has reportedly prompted ecstatic responses from global diplomats, Chilean immigrants and even a handful of celebrities.

President Barack Obama called the historical event "a tribute to...the unity and resolve of the Chilean people who have inspired the world." Other well-wishers included Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Pope Benedict XVI.

In China -- considered the world's most dangerous country for underground workers -- the official media's reaction was reportedly more subdued, but the nation's lively Internet scene was alive with joyous bloggers who praised the Chilean team's astonishing success.

See how countries, diplomats and celebrities reacted to the Chile mine rescue here:

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"This rescue is a tribute not only to the determination of the rescue workers and Chilean government, but also the unity and resolve of the Chilean people who have inspired the world," Obama said.
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