By Ed Stoddard MARIKANA South Africa (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of South African platinum miners returned to work on Wednesday after wage deals ended the longest and most damaging strike in the country's history. The five-month strike hit 40 percent of global production of the precious metal and has cost Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum a combined 24 billion rand ($2.25 billion) in lost revenue. Industry and union officials said miners were streaming back to work and Reuters reporters saw thousands trudging to Marikana before sunrise on a cold winter's morning. A supervisor at the Marikana operations of London-listed Lonmin told Reuters it could be a week or more before any workers went back underground.
Indeed, with every report of a Boko Haram abduction the truth about the deadly insurgency and the facts about its actions become more elusive. Abubakar Shekau, the man who says he leads the group, regularly releases videos bragging about attacks and spouting his harsh version of Islamic law, which includes condemnation of all things Western, especially Western-style education.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago. But the setback is widely thought to be temporary, with growth rebounding solidly since spring.
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PARIS (AP) — A French doctor was acquitted Wednesday of poisoning charges after giving lethal injections to seven terminally ill patients, and Britain's Supreme Court said an assisted-suicide ban is incompatible with human rights, fueling the arguments of those who say the duty of doctors is to end the suffering of those beyond treatment.