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South Africa police fire on striking miners, several dead

Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters

Striking miners chant slogans outside a South African mine in Rustenburg on Aug. 15, 2012. Thousands of striking miners armed with machetes and sticks faced off with South African police on Wednesday at Lonmin's Marikana mine after it halted production following the deaths of 10 people in fighting between rival unions. Lonmin, the world's third-largest platinum producer, has threatened to sack 3,000 rock drill operators if they fail to end a wildcat pay strike that started on Friday at Marikana, its flagship mine.

MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) — Thousands of angry South African workers met Tuesday on a rocky cliff within sight of their platinum mine shuttered by violent protests, shouting demands for more pay over the roar of circling police and military helicopters. Read More

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A striking mine worker brandishes his weapons outside a South African mine in Rustenburg on Aug. 15.

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Striking miners gather on a hillside at the Lonmin mine near Marikana, South Africa on Aug. 15.

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