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What Happened on 17 August 2012

30 killed in South Africa's Lonmin Marikana mine clashes

More than 30 people were killed in clashes between police and striking miners at a South African mine on Thursday.… Read More.

South Korean presidential candidate pledges unconditional aid for North

South Korean opposition presidential candidate Moon Jae-in has vowed to offer no strings attached economic aid to North Korea if… Read More.

Ecuador grants asylum to Assange

Ecuador granted political asylum to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange on Thursday. The announcement came a day after it said Britain… Read More.

India Maruti Suzuki factory to reopen following violent clashes

The Maruti Suzuki plant in India's Haryana state is set to reopen on August 21, a month after violent clashes… Read More.

China looks to acquire African Barrick Gold stake

China's state-owned miner, China National Gold, has held talks to buy a stake in African Barrick Gold (ABG). Demand for… Read More.

Facebook shares fall by 6 percent as lock-up period ends

Facebook shares have dropped heavily as the first lock-up period, which prevents sales by early investors, ended. Shares fell by… Read More.

Yohan Blake eyes 20-20 cricket stint

Jamaican sprinter and London 2012 triple Olympic medal winner Yohan Blake has revealed he may take part in Australia’s Twenty20… Read More.

Manchester United signs sponsorship deal with Bwin

Manchester United has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with sports betting company Bwin for an undisclosed amount. Bwin will now… Read More.

Canon recalls cameras over skin rash worry

Canon is to recall some of its digital cameras after it emerged a chemical reaction involving the device's rubber grip… Read More.

Reuters hacked for third time

News agency Reuters has been hacked for the third time in the space of a month, with an article falsely… Read More.

Robert Downey Jr injured on set of Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr. has injured an ankle on the set of Iron Man 3, resulting in delays in production. Downey,… Read More.

Pussy Riot verdict due in Russia

A verdict in the trial of three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot is due later today. The three… Read More.