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South Africa Vows Clampdown on Mining Unrest.

The Government of South Africa has announced a number of measures to clamp down on continuing unrest in the mining sector. The Marikana miners have been striking for five weeks, demanding better pay. Anyone involved in an illegal gathering or carrying weapons will be cracked down on intensely. The Government says it will not tolerate these acts any further and it has an obligation to ensure that people are ...

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US Confirms Ambassador Killed in Libya

It has been confirmed that the US ambassador to Libya is among four Americans killed in an attack on the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. Unidentified armed men stormed the grounds on the night of September 11th in a protest over a US-produced film that is said to insult the Prophet Muhammad. ...

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India Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi’s Arrest Sparks Outrage

Aseem Trivedi appeared in court in Mumbai on Monday September 10th, and was remanded in custody until 24 September for cartoons allegedly mocking the constitution. Mr Trivedi is also accused of insulting India's flag. He is demanding the charges against him be dropped. The cartoonist has been participating in the anti-corruption movement led by campaigner Anna Hazare. ...

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Earthquakes Shake South-West China’s Yunnan

A series of earthquakes has hit south-west China, leaving at least 50 people dead and 150 injured, state-run media say. The quakes struck the border of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, with the largest felt at 11:19 Beijing time (03:19 GMT), Xinhua news agency said. The US Geological Survey registered the two strongest of the series of quakes at 5.6 magnitude. ...

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Dozens Dead After Turkey Migrant Boat Sinks

A boat carrying migrants capsized off the coast of western Turkey, with the loss of more than 50 lives, while another 45 of those on board were rescued from the sea. Those who died, including women and children, had been below deck, as the fishing boat was said to have been carrying mainly Iraqi and Syrian nationals heading for Europe. ...

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Syria Crisis: ‘Deadly Aleppo Strike’ as UN Envoy Starts Job

Violence is continuing in Syria, with opposition activists saying that a warplane may have killed as many as 25 people in a single strike in Aleppo province. A bomb also exploded near a roundabout in the Jaramana district of Damascus. The new international envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said he viewed his new mission as near-impossible. He is expected to visit Syria and meet President Bashar al-Assad on S ...

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South African Marikana Miners Charged with Murder

Workers arrested at South Africa's Marikana mine have been charged in court with the murder of 34 of their colleagues shot by police. The 270 workers would be tried under the "common purpose" doctrine because they were in the crowd which confronted police on 16 August, and then police opened fire, killing 34 miners and sparking a national outcry. The decision to charge the workers was "madness", said former ...

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Tsunami Warning as 7.9 Quake Strikes Near Philippines

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 strikes off the coast of the Philippines, the U.S. Geological Survey says, prompting a tsunami warning in several countries. The quake prompted a tsunami warning for parts of Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Guam and other areas, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. "An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can st ...

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China to Buy 50 Airbus Planes For $3.5bn

China has signed a deal to buy 50 planes worth $3.5bn from Europe's Airbus. The agreement is part of a slew of trade deals signed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of a two-day visit to China. An agreement on Airbus plane assembly in China was also signed, and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says his country would continue to invest in the European Union. This is the first significant deal in China ...

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