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Four wounded in African gold mine protest

(September 4th, 2012)

Listen to this story There has been another shooting at a mine in South Africa. Four people were wounded this time, just weeks after 34 striking workers were killed at another South African mine. The incident occurred just to the east of Johannesburg. Four miners were injured when security guards opened fire with rubber bullets […]

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Demand for metals may be root of South African workers’ unrest

(August 17th, 2012)

      Listen to this story Kai Ryssdal: In South Africa today, authorities are trying to figure out what happened at a platinum mine outside Pretoria — 34 people were killed, 80 injured, after police opened fire on a group of workers striking for higher wages. From Johannesburg, Gretchen Wilson explains platinum prices are […]

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Strike at South Africa mine turns deadly

(August 17th, 2012)

      Listen to this story Jeremy Hobson: To South Africa, where 34 workers have been killed by police at the platinum mine; 78 were wounded. The workers were striking — and some were armed — when police charged in. For the latest, here’s reporter Gretchen Wilson  in Johannesburg. Gretchen Wilson: Police say they […]

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Nations strive to reach Millennium Goals

(September 22nd, 2010)

World leaders in New York are reviewing the progress of the so-called Millennium Development Goals, a set of concrete goals most countries agreed to at the end of the 90s aimed at improving the quality of life for billions. But the deal was signed before the global financial crisis hit. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Zuma Seeks Investment Amid Strikes

(August 24th, 2010)

South African President Jacob Zuma is in China to sign some key free trade deals. But back home, his country’s workers are on strike. Reporter Gretchen Wilson talks the details with Steve Chiotakis.

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Case checks business roles in apartheid

(October 13th, 2009)

A lawsuit against several multinational companies accused of working with South Africa’s former apartheid government could set a new standard for corporate accountability overseas. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Africa finally to plug in to high-speed lines

(September 21st, 2009)

Fewer than 7% of Africans are connected to the Internet, compared to three out of four North Americans. But the imminent arrival of fiber-optic cables to the continent is expected to spark a telecommunications boom. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Zimbabwe tries to reignite mining

(September 15th, 2009)

Zimbabwe’s new coalition government is hoping to rev up the country’s mining industry when it addresses a huge mining conference there today. government wants to pass new laws that will attract foreign investment. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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E.U., Zimbabwe to meet on sanctions

(September 11th, 2009)

E.U. officials will meet in Zimbabwe this weekend for the first time since 2002, when Zimbabwe’s economy was in a tailspin. The visit is seen as a new effort to normalize ties between the two economies. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Coalition government helps Zimbabwe

(September 4th, 2009)

Zimbabwe’s economy is beginning to stabilize as a new coalition government takes root. U.S. lawmakers say they want that government to succeed, and the U.S. openly criticizes President Mugabe and his administration. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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