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End of an era as Germany's last black coal mine closes

Berlin - Germany will close its last black coal mine on Friday, turning the page on two centuries of mining history in the Ruhr region that helped fuel the country's post-war "economic miracle".

Turkey jails mine bosses over 2014 disaster that killed 301

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday handed jail terms of up to 22 years to five top managers convicted of negligence over Turkey's worst ever mining disaster, which claimed hundreds of lives.

Turkey jails mine boss for 15 years over 2014 Soma disaster

Kayseri - A Turkish court on Wednesday jailed for 15 years the chief executive of the Soma mine where 301 people were killed in May 2014 in Turkey's worst ever mining disaster.

S.Africa's Ramaphosa wants Marikana massacre 'atonement' role

Cape Town - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Tuesday he wanted "healing and atonement" following the 2012 massacre of 34 striking workers at a mine run by Lonmin where he was a director.

Egypt battles landmines 75 years after El Alamein

El Hammam - Fighting in the pivotal WWII battle of El Alamein may have stopped 75 years ago but Egypt is now waging another war against a hidden enemy: landmines.

Rohingya lives and limbs shattered by mines at Myanmar frontier

Cox's Bazar - Azizul Haque died in a Bangladeshi hospital on Thursday a week after his body was torn apart by a landmine he stepped on as he and his Rohingya Muslim family fled Myanmar.The 15-year-old lost both his legs in the blast near the border.

Rohingya lives and limbs shattered by mines at Myanmar frontier

Cox's Bazar - Azizul Haque wanted to scream but could not muster the energy as he fought for his life, his body torn apart by the landmine he stepped on as he and his Rohingya Muslim family fled Myanmar.

Iran mine accident search ends with 43 dead

Tehran - Iranian rescue workers on Tuesday pulled out the 43rd and last body of victims killed in a mine explosion after six days of round-the-clock digging, the state broadcaster reported.

'No chance' for trapped Iran miners

Tehran - Iranian officials said Friday there was "no chance" of saving nine coal miners trapped for the past two days after a tunnel collapse that has already claimed at least 26 lives.

'No chance' for trapped Iran miners

Tehran - Iranian officials said Friday there was "no chance" of saving nine coal miners trapped for the past two days after a tunnel collapse that has already claimed at least 26 lives.

'No chance' for trapped Iran miners

Tehran - Iranian officials said Friday there was "no chance" of saving nine coal miners trapped for the past two days after a tunnel collapse that has already claimed at least 26 lives.

Hopes fade for Iran miners after 22 die in failed rescue bid

Tehran - Rescuers battled hazardous conditions Thursday at a coal mine in northern Iran where 22 miners died in a failed attempt to save workmates trapped deep underground after an explosion.

At least 26 coal miners trapped after Iran blast: media

Tehran - At least 26 coal miners were trapped in a mile-long tunnel after an explosion in northern Iran on Wednesday, Iranian media said.

At least 26 coal miners trapped after Iran blast: media

Tehran - At least 26 coal miners were trapped in a mile-long tunnel after an explosion in northern Iran on Wednesday, Iranian media said.

At least 26 coal miners trapped after Iran blast: media

Tehran - At least 26 coal miners were trapped in a mile-long tunnel after an explosion in northern Iran on Wednesday, Iranian media said.

In northern Italy, a real underground wine

Prali - He made his career in the quarrying business, but Mauro Camusso always had wine in his blood.

Brazil judge to hear Samarco mine homicide cases

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian federal judge has accepted homicide and environmental criminal charges against 22 people and four mining companies involved in last year's deadly Samarco dam burst.

Brazil judge to hear Samarco mine homicide cases

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian federal judge has accepted homicide and environmental criminal charges against 22 people and four mining companies involved in last year's deadly Samarco dam burst.

Brazil charges 21 over deaths in mine dam collapse: prosecutor

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian federal prosecutors announced homicide charges Thursday against 21 people, including senior mining executives, allegedly responsible for the deadly collapse of the Samarco iron-ore mine dam last year.

'11 dead' after fire at illegal Chinese coal mine

Bejing - An underground fire at an illegal coal mine in northeast China has left 11 people dead, with one still missing, state media reported Friday.

12 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide, many feared missing

Yangon - A landslide in Myanmar's northern jade mining region has killed at least 12 people and many more are missing, officials said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident to hit the shadowy but lucrative industry.

Lizards trapped in amber for 100 million years amaze scientists

Climbing around in an ancient forest, a tiny chameleon became caught and died in the sticky resin of what was likely a coniferous tree. Over time, the resin fossilized, turning into amber and leaving the lizard beautifully preserved.

'Miracle' rescue of four China miners after 36 days underground

Shanghai - Four miners trapped underground for 36 days in a collapsed Chinese gypsum mine were pulled out late Friday, a "miracle" rescue in a country with a poor track record on industrial accidents.

End of an era as Britain's last coal mine closes

Kirkoswald - The closure of Britain's last coal mine on Friday in a misty corner of Yorkshire brings to an end a proud history of industrial boom and social struggle.

Grim search for bodies after Myanmar mine disaster

Yangon - Search teams said Tuesday they had abandoned hope of finding survivors from a landslide in north Myanmar's jade mining heartland which killed more than 100 people.

Hopes fade as Myanmar mine landslide toll tops 100

Yangon - Rescuers were searching for victims of a huge mine landslide in northern Myanmar Monday as the toll passed 100 in a disaster highlighting the perils of the country's secretive billion-dollar jade trade.

Coal mine fire in northeast China kills 21: State media

Shanghai - At least 21 people died in a fire at a mine operated by northeast China's biggest state-owned coal company, state media reported on Saturday, the latest accident in the country's trouble-plagued resources sector.

North Korea denies role in landmine attack

Seoul - North Korea on Friday denied it was behind a series of mine blasts that maimed two South Korean soldiers earlier this month and triggered a spike in cross-border tensions.

S. Korea to resume propaganda war with North after mine blasts

Seoul - South Korea on Monday ordered border propaganda operations against North Korea to resume for the first time in 11 years, in retaliation for landmine blasts that maimed two of its soldiers during a frontier patrol.

S. Korea blames North for mine blasts, vows 'harsh' response

Seoul - South Korea on Monday threatened "harsh" retaliation after blaming North Korea for landmine blasts that maimed two soldiers on border patrol, ramping up military tensions on the divided peninsula.
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