Portal:Current events/2012 October 5

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Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economics
  • Anglo Platinum Limited—the world's biggest platinum producer—fires 12,000 people in South Africa after a strike over working conditions. The corporation has stated that the strikes have cost it 39,000 ounces in output - equivalent to 700 million rand ($82.3 million; £51 million) in revenue. (BBC)
Health and environment
  • At least 47 people throughout the United States are infected with fungal meningitis from contaminated medicine, with five people dying. (CNN)
Law and crime
  • The British High Court rules that Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other suspected terrorists can be immediately extradited to the United States to face trial on charges of terrorism. (BBC) (CNN)
  • A torture case related to the 1950s Mau Mau uprising is allowed to proceed in a British court. (BBC)
  • Los Angeles Police Department fails to obtain a search warrant when a federal judge in Texas blocks their attempt to obtain 1970's tapes of conversations between a Manson family member and his attorney. LA Police believe this evidence could help solve more than a dozen murders.(FoxNews)