Rio Tinto Executives to Step Down After Miner Destroys Sacred Australian Sites

DARWIN, Australia — The chief executive of Rio Tinto, the world’s second-largest mining company, will step down after a shareholder revolt over the company’s willful destruction of prehistoric rock shelters sacred to two Australian Indigenous groups.

It was revealed in May that the mining giant had destroyed the Indigenous sites, dating to 46,000 years ago, in the Pilbara Desert in Western Australia despite objections by the traditional landowners, the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura…

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