Residents pass the perimeter of the Wonderkop platinum plant operated by Lonmin in Marikana, South Africa. Photograph: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

The longest industrial action in South African history ended yesterday when 70,000 striking platinum miners agreed to return to work tomorrow after (...)

A police car escorts a bus outside Lonmin’s Saffy shaft mine in Rustenburg. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Efforts to end the longest industrial action in South African history entered the courts this week in a bid to break a deadlock between striking pl(...)

 Exxon Mobil’s biggest international exploration opportunity may be imperilled by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Ukrainian foray, as US-based companies could face restrictions on doing business in Russia. Photograph: Reuters/Alexei Druzhinin

The market in Dublin treaded water yesterday as European stocks were little changed generally, after rallying on (...)

 US stocks barely budged in thin trading after investors found little reason to add significant new positions with the Dow and the S&P 500 on a five-week winning streak. Photographer: Gino Domenico /Bloomberg

Better than forecast industrial data from China gave a boost to stocks on this side of the Atlantic while in the US the markets were becalmed as the b(...)

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TODAYResults: Flybe; Lonmin; Sotheby’s.Meeting: UNI Global Union Economics Forum (CWU Conference Centre, Dublin).Indicators: Irish Bord Gáis energy in(...)

Boys play soccer in Marikana’s Nkaneng township in front of the Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in Rustenburg. It is a  year today since 34 workers striking at the mine were shot dead by police. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters.

South Africa’s government and ruling African National Congress (ANC) party said they were staying away from an event marking the first anniversay of(...)

Miners gather at a hill dubbed the “Hill of Horror” during a memorial service for miners killed during clashes at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in Rustenburg, last August. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Lonmin, the world’s third-largest platinum producer, said operations at its Marikana mine in South Africa have been halted after workers refuse(...)

TO DAYResults:Lonmin; Smart Technologies. Meetings: eHea(...)