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Volunteers and rescuers working at collapsed building at Colonia Roma, Mexico City. The official death toll from Tuesday’s 7.1 earthquake was at 273 Thursday.

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Despair rises for relatives of the missing in Mexico quake

As painstaking attempts to reach survivors in quake-ravaged buildings across Mexico City stretched into a third day Thursday, desperation mounted among loved ones who earlier had high hopes for quick rescues and some complained they were being kept in the dark about search efforts.