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Striking Chilean miners blockade themselves underground

Santiago - More than 70 Chilean miners striking over unpaid wages have blocked themselves inside a shaft deep underground and are refusing food and water in protest, their union says."They blocked off all the entrances.

Brazil court orders suspension of activity at Amazonian mine

Rio De Janeiro - A court has ordered Brazilian mining giant Vale to suspend activities at an Amazonian nickel mine and compensate indigenous people who say they are adversely affected by its operations.

Amazon slowly eaten away by gold rush's illegal mines

- Seen from above, the Amazon resembles a huge billiards table -- a field of intense green pockmarked by brown stains.These are the sites of illegal mines, and they reveal the scope of a gold rush that threatens the lungs of the planet.

China landslide leaves around 40 missing: local govt

Bejing - About 40 people were missing in China Wednesday after a landslide buried the living quarters of a mining company under one million cubic metres of earth, local authorities and state media said.

Op-Ed: Rosia Montana — Preserving patrimony for sustainable development Special

Rosia Montana is a small mining town located in the Rosiei Valley, western Transylvania, in Romania. The gold mine that the town is situated next to contains Europe’s largest gold deposits, which has been mined since Roman times.

Czech coal safari offers excavators instead of giraffes

Most - It is a safari with a twist: two private Czech mining companies have joined forces to take tourists on trips to see long-necked excavators and coal beds, instead of giraffes and lush wilderness.

Scientists: Stop burning fossil fuels, there is no C02 technofix

If we are to limit climate change, an immediate end to burning fossil fuels is necessary, scientists in Germany reported in a recent study.

Vietnam hit by flooding, toxic sludge from coal plants

Hoan Kiem - Vietnam is struggling to help communities hit by toxic mudslides after torrential rain in a major coal-mining area in northern Quang Ninh province, home to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay tourist site.

Lonmin likely to cut 6,000 jobs in South Africa

Johanesburg - Lonmin, the world's third largest platinum producer, said Friday it was set to cut 6,000 jobs in South Africa due to falling prices and high costs, dealing another blow to the country's fragile economy.

BHP Billiton's iron ore production rises but gas slips

Sydney - Mining giant BHP Billiton Wednesday reported an increase in iron ore output for the June quarter but a decline in gas production as projects were delayed on weak oil prices.

South African female miners break ground for their gender

Rustenburg - Deep underground, where huge conveyer belts haul rocks to the surface, 33-year-old mother of two Bernice Motsieloa represents the quiet revolution transforming the macho culture of South African mining.

Australia senator threatens to grab PM's testicles over mining row

Sydney - An independent Australian senator Tuesday threatened to physically intimidate Prime Minister Tony Abbott, using illegal rugby tactics including grabbing his testicles, if he does not limit coal-seam gas exploration.

S.Africa inquiry slams police operation that led to Marikana massacre

Johanesburg - A 2012 South African police operation that left 34 Marikana mine workers dead should "not have taken place", a long-awaited report said Thursday, calling on the officers involved to face a criminal investigation.

S. Africa's Zuma to release Marikana mine massacre report

Johanesburg - President Jacob Zuma was on Thursday due to release the official report into the police killing of 34 South African striking workers at Marikana mine in 2012, his office said.

Peru sends in army as new mining strike starts

- Peru said Tuesday it is sending its army to intervene in seven regions where workers have called a strike to protest a controversial mining project by Mexican firm Southern Copper.The $1.

Last bodies recovered after Colombia mine tragedy that killed 15

Estanzuela - Emergency workers have recovered the final bodies of people killed in a collapsed, unlicensed gold mine on an indigenous reservation in central Colombia, bringing the official toll to 15 dead, authorities said Monday.

Peru declares state of emergency in anti-mining protest area

- Peru has declared a state of emergency in the country's south, where a violent protest against the Tia Maria copper mine has left four people dead in two months.

EU parliament in surprise vote for 'conflict minerals' ban

Strasbourg - European legislators on Wednesday unexpectedly voted in favour of a law requiring firms to ensure they do not use so-called conflict minerals from Africa and other areas that end up funding warlords.

European battle brewing over 'blood metals'

Brussels - Europe will consider this week whether to follow the United States by bringing in tighter controls on "conflict minerals" from war zones, but critics say the measures risk being watered down.

Six bodies recovered in Colombia mine collapse

Riosucio - Rescuers Friday said they had found six bodies in a collapsed, unlicensed gold mine on an indigenous reservation in a central Colombian town.

Rescue efforts resume in Colombia mine collapse

Riosucio - Colombian crews resumed efforts Thursday to rescue at least 15 workers trapped in a mine collapse, as authorities launched an investigation into the owners of the unlicensed gold mine.

At least 15 trapped in Colombia mine collapse: officials

Estanzuela - At least 15 people were trapped underground Wednesday when an unlicensed gold mine in western Colombia collapsed, authorities said, as rescue workers raced to reach them.

Turkey remembers victims of Soma mine tragedy a year on

Soma - Turkey on Wednesday sombrely marked the first anniversary of a mine disaster that left 301 miners dead in the country's worst ever industrial accident.

Army deployed over Peru mining project violence

- Peruvian troops have been deployed to help maintain law and order after weeks of deadly protests about a controversial mining project in the country's south, the government said Saturday.

At least 19 killed in Tanzanian mine collapse

Dar Es Salaam - At least 19 Tanzanian gold miners were killed when the pit they were working in collapsed in the northwestern Msalala district, a local government official said Saturday.

'I am not a murderer', says charged Turkey mine chief

Akhisar - The chief executive of the mine where 301 miners died in 2014 in Turkey's deadliest industrial accident on Thursday insisted he was not a murderer and said he was still struggling to understand the causes of the tragedy.

Turkey mine chiefs on trial over Soma tragedy

Akhisar - Eight former managers from the mine where Turkey's worst industrial disaster occurred in May 2014 appeared in court Wednesday on murder charges, with prosecutors demanding they spend the rest of their lives in jail.

Dozens go on trial over Turkey's worst mining disaster

Kayseri - Dozens of suspects, including former top company managers, went on trial Monday over modern Turkey's worst mining disaster that left 301 miners dead in the western town of Soma and exposed major safety shortcomings in the industry.

Turkey opens trial over Soma mining disaster

Soma - Dozens of suspects will stand trial on Monday over the mining disaster last year in the Turkish town of Soma that left 301 miners dead and tarnished the image of the government under Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

S.Africa mining massacre report to be submitted

Johanesburg - The official report into the police killing of 34 South African miners in 2012 is due to be submitted to President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, with rights groups demanding that its findings are published immediately.
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Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan speaking at a rally supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.
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A Canadian flag covered in oil.
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Activist holding a sign.
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Activist's shirt stating the dangers of open-pit mining.
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