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Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) owned by London-listed Vedanta Resources Plc has asked 133 employees to stay away from work on full pay while the company undertakes a review of the operations, its chief executive said on Friday. Zambia's largest mining union said on Tuesday that thousands of mine workers faced job losses due to falling copper prices and the shortage of electricity that has his the country. KCM's Chief Executive Steven Din said in a statement that the global copper industry was experiencing difficulties and the firm's aim was to return to profitability.
By Steve Bittenbender MOREHEAD, Ky. (Reuters) - A two-month legal fight over a Kentucky county clerk's refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples will focus on Friday on whether her deputies defy her ban or the orders of a federal judge who ordered her jailed for contempt. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis closed her office on Thursday while she and her staff appeared before U.S. District Judge David Bunning over her refusal to issue any marriage licenses under an office policy she created after the U.S. Supreme Court in June made gay marriage legal across the United States.