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Archeologists Identify Oldest Spear Tips

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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There is new evidence that early human hunters were attaching stone points to the tips of their spears half a million years ago — 200,000 years earlier than previously thought. A University of Toronto-led team of anthropologists examined 500,000-year-old stone points from a site in South Africa, and determined that they had been used as […]

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Ancient Stone Weapons Find in South Africa Hints at Complex Society

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Archaeologists digging at a site on the southern coast of South Africa have found a trove of sophisticated stone tools they believe were made 50,000 years before the technology to create them emerged in Europe and other regions of Africa. The finding, reported in the journal Nature, could mean that the first modern humans evolved […]

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South African Platinum Miners End Strike

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Striking miners in South Africa have returned to work at Anglo American Platinum, after a two-month work stoppage that crippled operations at the world’s top platinum producer. The company said Thursday production will not restart for at least a week while employees attend safety seminars. Workers launched the strike in the September demanding higher wages […]

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U.S. General Demoted Over Misuse of Funds

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A four-star general who once led the U.S. military’s Africa Command has been demoted for misusing taxpayer money. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said this week General William “Kip” Ward, former head of AFRICOM, will lose one of his four stars and will be forced to repay $82,000 to the military. Investigators have concluded Ward […]

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West African Leaders Approve Military Plan for Mali

Posted November 11th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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West African leaders have approved a military strategy to help Mali retake control of the north of the country from Islamist rebels. Leaders from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed on an African force made up of some 3,000 troops with a one-year mandate. The majority of the troops would come […]

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West African Leaders Meet, Discuss Military Plan for Mali

Posted November 11th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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West African leaders met in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to discuss a military strategy to help Mali retake control of the north of the country from Islamist rebels. Leaders from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States gathered in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, Sunday to approve the blueprint, which was drawn up by African […]

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Two Strikers Shot Dead At South African Coal Mine

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Two workers have been shot dead by mine security at a South African coal mine where protesters gathered to demand higher wages. Police said the two were shot Wednesday, at a mine run by Forbes Coal near Dannhauser in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, after trying to break into the facility’s armory. Police spokesman Jay Naicker said […]

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Mining Unrest Drives Up South African Trade Deficit

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Africa’s trade deficit rose sharply in September, mainly due to labor unrest that cut mining production. The government said Wednesday that the deficit jumped from August to $1.6 billion. Total exports fell nearly eight percent, as exports of base metals, minerals, and precious and semi-precious stones all dropped. Mining is one of the most […]

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South African Police Use Force to Disperse Striking Miners

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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South African police have used force to disperse striking miners who are refusing to return to work until their pay demands are met. The unrest came after miners with Anglo American Platinum, or Amplats, defied an offer to return to work Tuesday. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the miners […]

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South African Police Fire Rubber Bullets to Disperse Striking Miners

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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Police in South Africa have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a group of striking miners who are refusing to return to work until their pay demands are met. The miners are among 12,000 workers that Anglo American Platinum fired earlier this month after they staged a wildcat strike at its Rustenburg […]

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