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South African Mine Fires 8,500 Strikers

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A South African company has fired 8,500 mineworkers who ignored an ultimatum to end an illegal strike and return to work. The Gold Fields mining firm said Tuesday it was dismissing the strikers, who worked at its KDC East mine near Johannesburg. The company said the workers had 24 hours to appeal their dismissals. South […]

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US Pledges More Aid To Horn of Africa

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States will give $58 million in aid to countries in the Horn of Africa. In a statement Monday, Clinton said the humanitarian situation in the region is fragile, with more than 9 million people in need of assistance because of conflict, flooding, drought and economic problems. […]

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Obama Nominates New Chief for U.S. Africa Command

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama has nominated a new chief for the U.S. military’s Africa Command. Army General David Rodriguez is being tapped for the post to replace Army General Carter Ham. Ham has led the command, known as AFRICOM, since March of last year. The U.S. Senate must confirm the nomination. Rodriguez previously led the Joint […]

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More South African Miners Fired After Strikes

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Nearly 3,600 South African mineworkers were fired Tuesday as labor unrest continues to roil the country’s mining industry. Atlatsa Resources said it had dismissed 2,160 workers who have been striking at its Bokoni platinum mines since October 1. It said employees have until the end of the day Wednesday to appeal. Earlier, Gold One International […]

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More South African Miners Fired After Strikes

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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A South African mining firm has fired more than 1,400 workers in the latest response to strikes that have cut gold and platinum production. Gold One International said Tuesday that it was dismissing about 75 percent of the workforce at its Ezulwini operation, southwest of Johannesburg. The firm linked the firings to a strike by […]

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12,000 South African Mineworkers Fired

Posted October 5th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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The world’s largest platinum producer has fired 12,000 mineworkers in South Africa. Anglo American Platinum announced the dismissals Friday, saying the workers from its Rustenberg mine had not shown up for disciplinary hearings related to an illegal strike. The company says the three-week work stoppage has cost $80 million in lost revenue. South Africa’s National […]

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Report: White House Mulling Possible Drone Strikes in North Africa

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House has declined to confirm or deny a report that says it is considering whether to carry out drone strikes against al-Qaida’s branch in North Africa. The Washington Post reported Tuesday the White House has held secret meetings to consider unilateral action against al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM. The group has […]

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South Africa Probes Police Killing of 34 Miners

Posted October 1st, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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A South African judicial commission has launched an investigation into the police killing of 34 striking mineworkers. The three-member panel was due to visit the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana township, where the deadly shooting took place August 16. The commission, headed by retired Judge Ian Farlam, began its work with a public hearing in […]

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Mine Strikes Spread in South Africa

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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More strikes have hit South Africa’s mining industry, a week after striking workers at a platinum mine won a 22 percent pay raise. Workers walked off their jobs this week at mines run by AngloGold Ashanti, one of the world’s largest gold producers. The workers are reportedly demanding a pay raise in line with the […]

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Three Countries Join Africa Food Security Initiative

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mozambique have joined a global partnership aimed at boosting food security and addressing malnutrition in Africa. The countries are part of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition launched earlier this year by the Group of Eight leading industrial nations. The initiative includes partnerships with international corporations and African […]

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