Indonesian policeman shot dead near giant Freeport-McMoRan mine, a perennial flashpoint in battle over resources

An Indonesian policeman was shot dead and another was seriously wounded near a giant US-owned copper and gold mine on Wednesday, authorities said, the latest in a string of shootings in restive Papua province.
The killing occurred with police and armed separatists locked in a stand-off near Freeport-McMoRan’s mine, one of the world’s biggest, with both sides blaming each other for what police have claimed was a hostage crisis.
Local authorities said unidentified gunman opened fire…