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Labor unrest in South Africa’s mines, which until recently showed little sign of abating, appears to be tapering off in the face of employers’ tough stance against wildcat strikes.

South Africa’s Chamber of Mines, representing mine owners, announced Thursday that it had agreed with the National Union of Mineworkers to raise gold miners’ monthly salaries by up to about $57, in addition to a pay raise of up to 10 percent that miners got in July, weeks before wildcat strikes hit South Africa’s platinum and gold mines.

The raises fall far short of what most strikers are demanding, about $1,800 in monthly pay. Most miners earn about $500.

United Kingdom

Historic arch getting five-star makeover

LONDON — A London landmark that is a ceremonial passageway from Trafalgar Square toward Buckingham Palace will be converted from office space into a luxury hotel, Britain’s government said Thursday.

The Admiralty Arch was leased for 99 years to the development company Prime Investors Capital, which plans to turn it into a five-star, 100-bedroom hotel.

The government will rent the building for nearly $100 million and grant the public greater access to the historic site, Cabinet Minister Francis Maude said.

Though the arch originally housed offices, the building is empty and needs extensive restoration.

Prime Investors Capital CEO Rafael Serrano said the developers are committed to the original design of the arch’s architect, Aston Webb, and will reinstate lost features seen on original drawings from 1910.

The deal depends on the Westminster City Council granting planning permission for the conversion of the building.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports