JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African gold producer Harmony Gold slumped to a loss in third-quarter earnings after the temporary closure of one of its mines ate into its quarterly production. In the three months to end March, gold production fell 15 percent to 247,529 ounces while headline earnings, which strip out some one-time items, fell to a loss of 47 cents per share compared with a positive 158 cents the previous quarter. Lower earnings have forced the minet to slash capital expenditure in South Africa and Papua New Guinea by 1.4 billion rand for the 2014 financial year. ...
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Following a number of high-profile killings related to sorcery, Papua New Guinea's government is pushing for the South Pacific nation's first execution and says firing squads would be a humane and inexpensive method.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 was recorded off the remote northern coast of Papua New Guinea at a depth of about 8 km (5 miles) on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said in a statement there was no threat of a widespread tsunami from the quake, although it warned that earthquakes of that size could generate destructive tsunamis within 100 km (60 miles) of the epicenter. The Australian government's Bureau of Meteorology said there was no tsunami threat to Australia. ...
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of 6.7 magnitude struck 46 miles west of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of tsunami warnings or damage. (Editing by Nick Macfie)
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