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Apple Inc. says its audits found a doubling in labor, safety and other abuses by its suppliers in 2010, though it has praised Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn for "saving lives" through its handling of a spate of suicides at its factories in China.

The findings, outlined in Apple's annual supplier responsibility report, prompted local reports Wednesday to decry the "high price" paid by Chinese workers who assemble hit gadgets like the iPod and iPad.

The report outlined Apple's moves to address problems with underaged workers, involuntary, debt-bonded labor and unsafe handling of dangerous chemicals, among other problems.

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