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South Korea’s Opposition Picks Presidential Candidate

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s main opposition party has selected its candidate for the December presidential election. The Democratic United Party picked former human rights lawyer and former presidential aide Moon Jae-in on Sunday. In his acceptance speech, Moon vowed to push for summit talks and greater economic cooperation with North Korea. The liberal party candidate served as […]

South African Police Raid Mine Workers’ Hostel

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses say South African police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets on mine workers gathered in a shantytown near Marikana, after carrying out early-morning raids on worker hostels where they seized a number of weapons. The latest violence came a day after the government vowed to crack down on illegal gatherings and strikers carrying […]

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15,000 Mine Workers Strike in South Africa

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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New labor unrest has hit South Africa’s mining industry, with 15,000 workers going on strike at a mine near Johannesburg. Mining firm Gold Fields Limited says the strike, which began Sunday, has suspended all production at its KDC West gold mine. The company says the reason for the strike is unclear, but its leaders are […]

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South Africa Miners, Lonmin Reach ‘Peace’ Deal Rejected by Key Players

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Lonmin platinum company and South Africa’s main labor unions have reached a “peace” deal, after police in August killed 34 workers during a protest by striking miners. However, a key union and some miners refused to sign the accord. The workers walked off the job nearly a month ago, raising concerns about the impact on […]

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South Africa Miners Accuse Police of Brutality

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of striking miners returned Wednesday to a mine where South African police opened fire on workers last month, killing 34 people. An estimated 3,000 marchers, some carrying sticks, accused police of brutality at the Lonmin platinum mine, in the eastern town of Marikana. Police in riot gear, armored vehicles and helicopters kept an eye […]

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South Africa Drops Murder Charges Against Miners

Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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South African prosecutors have provisionally dropped murder charges against 270 miners accused of killing 34 fellow workers shot dead by police. The miners were charged following the August 16 shooting incident during a strike at the Lonmin mine in Marikana. The acting director of prosecutions, Nomgcono Jiba, said Sunday that final charges will only be […]

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South Africa’s Justice Minister Questions Charges Against Miners

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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South Africa’s justice minister is demanding that prosecutors explain why striking miners are being charged with the murder of 34 fellow workers who by all accounts were shot by police. Minister Jeff Radebe issued the demand Friday, saying the decision by South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority induced a sense of “shock, panic and confusion.” The […]

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South African Miners Charged in Police Shootings of Strikers

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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South African prosecutors have charged 270 miners with the murders of 34 colleagues killed by police during a strike — a decision some South Africans call “madness.” Authorities are using an obscure statute called the common purpose law, under which people in a crowd where a crime was committeed can be prosecuted as accomplices. The […]

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South Sudan’s Deputy Military Chief Dies In Kenya

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A powerful South Sudanese military commander and former militia leader, Paulino Matip, has died in a Kenyan hospital after a long illness. Information minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin announced Matip’s death Tuesday, describing him as a champion of peace and reconciliation. Matip switched sides several times during the north-south civil war that killed hundreds of thousands […]

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Zuma Meets Miners at Site of Police Killings

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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South African President Jacob Zuma has assured miners his government will uncover the “truth” about the police killing of 34 striking mine workers. Mr. Zuma spoke to hundreds of striking miners at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana. Police opened fire on protesters demanding higher wages at the Marikana mine last week. At least 10 […]

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