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South Africa's police ministry says at least 30 people were killed Thursday, when officers opened fire on striking workers at a platinum mine.
A ministry official said Friday that police opened fire with automatic weapons at the Lonmin PLC mine, about 120 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg.
Around 3,000 people have walked off the job in the past week over a pay dispute. Lonmin issued a statement earlier Thursday, warning workers they would be dismissed if they did not return to work by Friday. After the clashes, the management issued a statement saying some of the strikers were armed.
Prior to Thursday's deadly clash, 10 people, including two police officers had been killed in violence related to the mine strike.
Lonmin is the world's third largest platinum producer.
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Japan has decided to deport 14 Chinese activists who were arrested after landing on an island claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing.
The activists landed on the island in the East China Sea on Wednesday, planting a Chinese flag and singing the country's national anthem before being arrested and accused of violating Japanese immigration laws.
Police said Friday that all 14 had been transferred to immigration for processing. Chief Cabinet Secretary told reporters in Tokyo Friday that he did not know when the deportations would take place.
Beijing has demanded that the activists be unconditionally released.