MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) — Police and military helicopters buzzed over a shuttered South African platinum mine on Tuesday as thousands of angry miners shouted and raised their fists over poor pay and conditions.
Nearby, children walked past the dead body of a middle-aged man in sight of the processing plant at the Lonmin PLC mine. The unrest, exacerbated by dueling labor unions, has killed at least 10 people in the latest discontent gripping South Africa's mining industry.
Looking to move past questions about Medicare, both Mitt Romney and and his runningmate Paul Ryan are expected to focus on energy Tuesday.
Romney will address what he's calling the Obama administration's "war on coal," according to his campaign. Ryan plans to promote Romney's "all-of-the-above" energy approach in Colorado. Once he moves to Nevada later in the day, Ryan will also highlight the president's response to the state's foreclosure problems.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Officials say ongoing violence at a platinum mine in South Africa has killed at least nine people.
The violence is happening at a Lonmin PLC mine near Marikana, a town about 70 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Johannesburg. In a statement Monday, Lonmin said at least four of the mine's workers have been killed in ongoing attacks. That includes two security guards who died Sunday when their car was set ablaze by angry miners.
NEW YORK (AP) — Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources Inc. said Wednesday it lost $2.2 billion in the second quarter as the industry struggled to compete with cheap natural gas and demand waned in some key markets.
Alpha recorded about $2.5 billion in pretax charges for restructuring and the declining value of some assets. But even without those charges, its loss was larger than Wall Street expected.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration began implementing new rules for examining conditions in underground coal mines on Monday, The Associated Press reports. The new standards were introduced in response to the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 West Virginia miners.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Clashes at a Chinese-owned mine in Zambia have killed one Chinese worker and injured two others.
The official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported the attack happened at Collum Coal Mining Industries Ltd. on Saturday, citing information from the Chinese Embassy in Lusaka. Embassy officials did not answer requests for comment Monday from The Associated Press.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — More than 100 rural Peruvians have been sickened by the spill of a toxic copper concentrate produced at one of the Andean country's biggest mines, authorities said Friday.
The Ancash state regional health office said 140 people were treated for "irritative symptoms caused by the inhalation of toxins" after a pipeline carrying the concentrate under high pressure burst open in their community.
PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) — Emergency crews are working to rescue five workers trapped inside a coal mine that partially collapsed in northern Mexico, near where seven miners were killed in an explosion last week.
Mine owner Grupo Acerero del Norte says six miners were initially trapped Friday but that one has been rescued.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said the NRC can't consider a public hearing on the San Onofre nuclear plant until June, when an appeal period of an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruling ends.