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Thai army destroys thousands of landmines in jungle

Pulling back to a safe distance atop a hill, Thai troops blew up thousands of anti-personnel landmines on Tuesday with controlled explosions that sent black plumes of smoke high above jungle treetops.

Limpet mines: classic maritime weapon

Dubai - Limpet mines, which appear to be the cause of damage to at least one tanker attacked in Gulf of Oman last week, are classic maritime weapons dating back to World War II.

Mine blasts kill farmer, 3 security personnel in Jordan

Apo - A Jordanian farmer and three members of the security forces were killed Thursday when two old mines exploded, a security source said.

Death toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 134

Rio De Janeiro - The toll from a dam collapse at a mine in southeast Brazil has risen to 134 deaths after more than a week of searches, with 199 missing, authorities said Monday.

South African, European demining experts killed in Yemen

Apo - Five demining experts killed in a weekend explosion in Yemen were from South Africa and several European countries, a Saudi-run organisation in charge of the project said Monday.

Morocco closes 2,000 mine shafts after string of deaths

Rabat - Moroccan authorities closed 2,000 illegal mineshafts last year in Jerada, an impoverished former coal town that has been the site of a string of deadly mining accidents.

Mine-ridden Ukrainian village faces deadly threat

Ukraine - Outside the picturesque Ukrainian village of Chugynka, dozens of men and women in bulletproof vests kneel down and explore every inch of ground.

Heavy rains unearth Iraqi mines in Kuwaiti desert

Kuwait City - Unprecedented heavy rains which recently lashed Kuwait unearthed dozens of land mines planted by Iraqi troops during their 1990-91 occupation, disrupting the emirate's popular desert camping season, officials said Wednesday.

Landmines new scourge in war-torn Yemen

Mocha - For Imad and his sister Alia, life will never be the same after their father was killed by a landmine and they had to leave their endangered home in Yemen's western Hodeida province.

Work starts to clear mines from traditional site of Jesus's baptism

Jerusalem - Israeli and international experts have started clearing thousands of wartime landmines and explosive devices from one of Christianity's holiest sites, in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli defence ministry said Tuesday.

Hundreds risk lives in Morocco 'mines of death'

Jerada - They call them "the mines of death". In the neglected northern Moroccan mining city of Jerada, hundreds of people risk their lives every day to scrape a meagre living from perilous abandoned coal pits.

220,000 children threatened by mines in Ukraine's east: UN

Kiev - Hundreds of thousands of children are at imminent risk of being hit by mines and other explosive weapons in war-torn eastern Ukraine, one of the most mine-contaminated places on earth, a UN report said Thursday.

Surge in number of victims of anti-personnel mines: NGO

Paris - At least 8,605 people were killed or injured by anti-personnel mines last year, a 150 percent rise in three years, with particularly high casualty figures in Afghanistan and Yemen, the Handicap International charity said Thursday.

First civilians return to Raqa after mines cleared: US-backed force

Birut - Hundreds of civilians have returned to a battered district of Syria's Raqa in what a US-backed force said was the first wave of returns since it cleared explosives left by jihadists.

In Raqa, jihadists are gone but they can still kill

Ak - Dozens of civilians at a checkpoint into Raqa were pleading to be let through to inspect their homes when an explosion ripped through the air: one resident had slipped in.

Thousands evacuated in Poland after WWII bomb found

Varsovia - Authorities in Bialystok, Poland, evacuated about 10,000 people from their homes Sunday morning after a 500-kilogramme (1,100-pound) World War II-era bomb was found during construction work.

Divine diamonds: Sierra Leone pastor's 709-carat find

Freetown - Evangelical preacher Emmanuel Momoh prayed for five years that he would discover the diamond he needed to pull his family out of poverty in eastern Sierra Leone.

Divine diamonds: Sierra Leone pastor's 709-carat find

Freetown - Evangelical preacher Emmanuel Momoh prayed for five years that he would discover the diamond he needed to pull his family out of poverty in eastern Sierra Leone.

Ukraine's rebel miners choose lethal toil over bullets

Shakht - "You either steal, fight or dig."These are the stark choices that led a lean 28-year-old to risk his life on a daily basis by working in an illegal coal mine in Ukraine's war-torn industrial east.

New skull and crossbones signs warn of mines in Ukraine

Ukraine - "Danger! Mines! Do not leave the road!", warns a billboard painted with an ominous skull and crossbones on a blood-red background that stands on a roadside in war-torn eastern Ukraine.

Sri Lanka bans landmines seven years after ethnic war

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government Thursday announced it would ban landmines and promised to destroy its stockpiles of the explosive devices, nearly seven years after its protracted civil war ended.

Demining Colombia will take 'a generation'

Estanzuela - Clearing the landmines from the half-century conflict in Colombia, which has the most mines of any country outside Afghanistan, will take a generation, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas says.

'No margin for error': Dangerous work for Ukraine's rebel deminers

Donetsk - Pro-Russian rebel Konstantin carefully carried an unexploded shell to a hole in the earth under a tree. Laying a charge of TNT, he then blew it up in cloud of black smoke.

Cambodian deminers bring expertise to Cyprus

Mammari - Half a world from home, Cambodian experts toil under a beating sun to demine the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, using skills they honed to help rid their own country of landmines.

Colombian govt, FARC rebels begin clearing landmines

Havana - The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas have begun working together on clearing the country's landmines, officials said Friday, but their peace talks remain fragile amid a surge in fighting.

Raids, arrests in Colombia target illegal mines

Estanzuela - Colombian authorities said Monday nearly 60 people were arrested in raids last week targeting illegal mining operations used to finance the FARC guerrilla group.

Landmines take heavy toll on Colombian children

Estanzuela - Eight-year-old Angie was running to catch up with her cousins on their way home from church when she stepped on a landmine that exploded and ripped off her leg.

Lurking landmines threaten lives, livelihoods in Ukraine

Ukraine - As a tenuous ceasefire brings a lull to Ukraine's yearlong conflict between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops, the lurking danger of landmines threatens lives as well as economic recovery, particularly on once rich agricultural lands.

Rebel deminers comb Ukraine battleground town

Debaltsevo - A week since pro-Russian rebels forced Ukrainian soldiers from the key transport hub of Debaltseve, the sound of explosions still reverberates around the eastern town.

Mozambique striding confidently into new mine-free era

Washington - In the coming weeks, Mozambique, once one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, will mark a historic milestone and proudly declare itself free of the deadly scourge.
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Hollinger Mine in Timmins  Ontario. Timmins is also where the McIntyre gold Mine was located until t...
Hollinger Mine in Timmins, Ontario. Timmins is also where the McIntyre gold Mine was located until the fire in 1945.
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