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September 2, 2011 11:36 AM

In China's gold capital, soaring prices do little to lift miners

As flames swept through the Luoshan Gold Mine late one afternoon in August 2010, men began dropping dead. By the next day, 16 people had died, most of them from choking to death on smoke and fumes. A year later, with the price of gold hovering at near-record levels, locals say that not much has changed down in the mines of Zhaoyuan.

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