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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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Rights Group Alleges Violations by South Sudan Forces in Jonglei

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says South Sudanese security forces have committed “shocking” human rights violations, while carrying out a campaign to disarm civilians in Jonglei state. The group said in a report Wednesday the violations by members of the police and army include torture, shootings and sexual violence. The report is based on interviews with people in […]

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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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Muslims in Pakistan, Bangladesh Protest Anti-Islam Film

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Muslims rallied Saturday in Pakistan and Bangladesh to protest an anti-Islam film produced in the United States that has sparked demonstrations across the Islamic world. About 15,000 people massed in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, voicing their allegiance to Islam and the Prophet Muhammed and calling for the expulsion of the U.S. ambassador to the country. […]

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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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UN Chief Welcomes Agreement Between Sudans

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has welcomed an agreement on security and cooperation issues reached by Sudan and South Sudan. Presidents Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and Salva Kiir of South Sudan signed the agreement at a ceremony in Addis Ababa Thursday, after four days of talks. Mr. Ban commended the two leaders for choosing peace […]

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Sudans Sign Agreements Aimed at Preventing War

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Sudan and South Sudan have signed security and economic cooperation deals, though some disputes that nearly pushed them into war are still unresolved. Presidents Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and Salva Kiir of South Sudan signed the agreements at a ceremony in Addis Ababa, after four days of talks. The deals call for a demilitarized zone […]

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Sudans Sign Agreements Aimed at Preventing War

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have signed a series of deals on security and economic cooperation, though some major disputes that nearly pushed them into war remain unresolved. Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir and South Sudan’s Salva Kiir took part in a signing ceremony in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday. The deals call […]

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Sudans Set to Sign Partial Agreement

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan are set to sign agreements aimed at preventing another war, though some major issues remain unresolved. Officials say the deal, to be signed Thursday in Ethiopia’s capital, calls for forces on both sides to pull back 10 kilometers from the disputed border. The Sudan Vision newspaper quotes an […]

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Sudanese Presidents Reach Deal on Oil, Demilitarized Zone

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to set up a demilitarized border zone and resume oil exports, but left several major security questions unresolved. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir plan to sign the deal Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They held four days of talks aimed at […]

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