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12,000 sacked as S.Africa mine strike turns deadly

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The world's biggest platinum producer, Anglo American Platinum, sacked 12,000 striking workers in South Africa Friday, just hours after one miner was killed in clashes with police. 

South African police gather at the site where they recovered the body of a miner killed near an Anglo American-owned mine in the northern town of Rustenburg, about 15 kms west from Marikana. A South African union branch leader was shot dead Friday evening in a northwestern town where violent strikes at the Lonmin platinum mine have already left 46 dead, the union said.

Meanwhile a union leader in nearby Marikana was shot dead in the evening, his union said.

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