Rio confirms job cuts

Contractor at Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia believed to have axed 2000 jobs.

Rio Tinto (RIO) plans to lay off as many as 1,700 employees and contractors at its newly built Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine after halting a more than US$5 billion ($A5.485 billion) underground expansion of the Mongolian operation amid a dispute with the government.

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