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South Africa Military Plane Crash Kills 11

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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A South African military plane has crashed in the eastern part of the country, killing all 11 people on board. The South African defense ministry says the plane went down in the Drakensberg mountains after taking off late Wednesday from Pretoria. The plane was carrying six crew members and five passengers en route to Mthatha, […]

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South Sudan Hold Talk with Khartoum Over Border Pullout

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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South Sudan’s chief negotiator has met with Sudanese officials for talks on security and economic concerns. Pagan Amum described Sunday’s meeting with Sudan’s Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein and senior official Nafie Alie Nafie as successful, but gave no further details on the specifics of the talks. Sudan and South Sudan signed a deal in […]

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ASEAN Chief Worries Beijing Raising Stakes in South China Sea

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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South-East Asia’s leading diplomat is joining those worried China is dangerously raising tensions over the disputed South China Sea. ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan says Beijing’s plan to possibly board and search foreign ships is alarming. “Certainly it has raised a lot of concern and anxiety and I think it is creating a bit of […]

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Philippines Protests China’s Sea Claims Map on Passports

Posted November 22nd, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines is protesting China’s depiction of its claims over the entire South China Sea in an image of a map printed on new Chinese passports. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said Thursday the image includes an area that is part of the “Philippines’ territory and maritime domain.” The two countries are in a […]

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South Sudan Accuses Sudan of Air Attack

Posted November 21st, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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South Sudan says Sudanese warplanes have bombed its territory, but Sudan has denied doing so, saying it targeted rebels on its own soil. Southern army spokesman Philip Aguer told reporters Wednesday that Sudanese planes bombed the Bahr al Ghazal area of South Sudan, near the countries’ shared border, on Tuesday. The Reuters news agency cites […]

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South Sudan Accuses Sudan of Bombing Disputed Region

Posted November 21st, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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South Sudan says Sudanese warplanes have bombed its territory, killing at least one civilian and injuring several others. Army spokesman Philip Aguer told reporters Wednesday that Sudanese planes bombed the Bahr al Ghazal area of South Sudan, near the countries’ shared border, on Tuesday. The French news agency quotes a Sudanese army spokesman as saying […]

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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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South Korea Finds Cracks in Nuclear Reactor

Posted November 9th, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials say minor cracks were found in control rod tubes in a nuclear reactor that is undergoing maintenance. Friday’s announcement comes five days after two other reactors at the same plant in Yeonggwang county were shut down to replace parts that had been provided with fake safety certificates. A spokeswoman for the Korea […]

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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