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Kyrgyz horsemen petrol bomb Gold Fields mine, severely beat manager

International Business Times reports that a mob of horsemen armed with sticks and petrol bombs attacked an exploration camp run by South African miner Gold Fields' joint venture in Kyrgyzstan, the latest in a series of assaults on mining companies in the Central Asian state. Talas Copper Gold, a joint venture between Gold Fields and Britain's Orsu Metals, said on Monday that its security manager was severely beaten as he fled from a burning building at the exploration camp in Talas province. Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic of 5.5 million people, is preparing to elect its next president to replace Almazbek Atambayev (pictured on left) on Oct. 30, following a year in which its former leader was overthrown and hundreds were killed in mob violence.
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Gold Stocks (GDX) Tumble, Platinum Stocks Set to Rise

GOLD STOCKS NEWS – Gold stocks tumbled Tuesday as the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) fell $1.73, or 2.9%, to $57.10 per share in morning trading.  Weakness in gold stocks and the GDX was driven by a sell-off in COMEX gold futures, which declin...