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Venezuela names new mining minister

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro named a new mining minister on Sunday, the latest of several appointments as he seeks to strengthen his position against opposition pressure to quit.

Talks to end Chile copper mine strike postponed

Antofagasta - Negotiations aimed at ending a strike that has halted production at the world's biggest copper mine were postponed indefinitely Wednesday, the government and a union said.

Striking Chile copper miners accept govt mediation

Santiago - Chilean miners who have rattled commodity markets by halting production at the world's biggest copper pit agreed Tuesday to restart government-mediated negotiations to end their strike.

Strike at world's top copper mine could last 2 months

Santiago - Striking workers at the world's top copper mine, BHP Billiton's Escondida in Chile, said Friday they were prepared to hold out for two months in their bid for higher salaries.

Workers strike at world's top copper mine

Santiago - Workers at the world's top copper mine, BHP Billiton's Escondida in Chile, launched what they vowed would be a "long and hard" strike Thursday, causing jitters on world commodity markets.

World's biggest copper mine faces 'long, hard' strike

Santiago - Workers at the world's largest copper mine, BHP Billiton's Escondida in Chile, are vowing to launch a "long and hard" strike Thursday for pay increases, causing jitters on world markets.

Africa mining sector meets amid commodity price comeback

Cape Town - Investors and mining firms gather Monday at Africa's biggest industry conference amid a newfound optimism that the uptick in commodity prices could shore up investment after years of downturn.

Rescuers seek trapped miners in southern Peru

- Rescuers in Peru were working Friday to save seven miners trapped for nearly four days by a landslide, the emergency services said.

BHP, Vale agree to settle Samarco mine disaster claim by June 30

Sydney - Mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale said Thursday they have struck a deal with Brazilian prosecutors to negotiate by June 30 the settlement of a 155 billion reals ($47.5 billion) claim over the fatal Samarco mine collapse.

BHP, Vale agree to settle Samarco mine disaster claim by June 30

Sydney - Mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale said Thursday they have struck a deal with Brazilian prosecutors to negotiate by June 30 the settlement of a 155 billion reals ($47.5 billion) claim over the fatal Samarco mine collapse.

BHP, Vale agree to settle Samarco mine disaster claim by June 30

Sydney - Mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale said Thursday they have struck a deal with Brazilian prosecutors to negotiate by June 30 the settlement of a 155 billion reals ($47.5 billion) claim over the fatal Samarco mine collapse.

Scratching a living in Myanmar's storied 'land of rubies'

- Every week Aye Min Htun prays he will find the ruby that changes his life, one of thousands of people scratching a living in Myanmar's mines set to gain little from the end of US sanctions on the military-dominated industry.

India mine collapse toll rises to 17 as rescue effort continues

New Delhi - The death toll from a mine collapse in eastern India's Jharkhand state rose to 17 Sunday as rescue workers continued to search for the bodies of six missing miners.

India mine collapse kills eight, scores feared trapped

New Delhi - At least eight workers were killed and scores more feared trapped on Friday after a massive mound of earth caved in at a coal mine in eastern India.

India mine collapse kills eight, scores feared trapped

New Delhi - At least eight workers were killed and scores more feared trapped on Friday after a massive mound of earth caved in at a coal mine in eastern India.

India mine collapse kills eight, scores feared trapped

New Delhi - At least eight workers were killed and scores more feared trapped on Friday after a massive mound of earth caved in at a coal mine in eastern India.

China coal mine blasts kill 59: report

Bejing - At least 59 people have been killed in two separate Chinese coal mine blasts, according to death tolls reported by state media.An explosion Saturday at a colliery in the northern Inner Mongolia region killed 32, Xinhua news agency said.

Accused of gagging media, Finnish PM admits to angry emails

Helsinki - Finland's prime minister admitted Wednesday sending angry emails to a reporter as media claimed he tried to block coverage of an alleged conflict of interest.

Desert industrial city points to Saudi economic future

- In the desert, far from the skyscrapers and busy streets of its big cities, oil-dependent Saudi Arabia is looking to build its future on two other natural resources.

Three dead, 13 trapped in Turkey mine collapse

Istanbul - Turkish rescue workers were on Friday battling to save 13 miners trapped after the collapse of a copper mine already confirmed to have left at least three dead.

Finland cancels plan to close troubled nickel mine

Helsinki - Finland's government decided Friday to grant new public funding for its troubled Talvivaara mine, cancelling a previous plan to permanently close what was once the European Union's biggest nickel mine.

Brazil mine gets safety gear — a year too late

Mariana - Surrounded by big video screens and computers, a team works 24/7 to monitor the slightest threat of an accident at dams used by Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine.The only problem?

Brazil dam burst like 'end of the world'

Matupa - Jose Pascual thought the end of the world had come when red mud, pouring from a broken Brazilian mining dam, engulfed his village a year ago. In a way, he was right.

One year on, Brazilian mine tragedy wounds still raw

Bento Rodrigues - In the ravaged Brazilian valley where a giant mining waste dam burst, killing 19 people and spewing pollution, an incongruous sight pops up: billboards with a grinning workman and the slogan "communicate positively.

China blast kills 15 miners, 18 missing: state media

Bejing - Fifteen miners are confirmed dead and 18 missing after a coal mine explosion in southwest China Monday, state media reported, the latest mining disaster in the country.

FARC rebels opposed to peace descend on Amazon gold

Puerto Gait - As Colombia's FARC rebels prepare to sign a historic peace deal with the government, dissident guerrillas are reportedly clinging to their guns deep in the Amazon rainforest, targeting its gold.

Morales sees 'conspiracy' in Bolivia minister's murder

La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales said Friday that his government is the victim of a "political conspiracy" after protesting miners allegedly kidnapped and beat to death a minister who tried to negotiate with them.

Bolivian deputy minister killed by miners

La Paz - Bolivian miners kidnapped, tortured and beat to death a deputy minister who tried to negotiate with protesting workers on Thursday, in what the government condemned as a brutal murder.

DR Congo's second city poisoned by years of mining

Lubumbashi - "In this stream, the fish vanished long ago, killed by acids and waste from the mines," says Lubumbashi resident Heritier Maloba, staring into the murky waters of his childhood fishing hole.

South Africa's ANC under fire 4 years after Marikana massacre

Johanesburg - South African opposition parties on Tuesday slammed the ruling ANC for failing to deliver on its promises, four years after police killed 34 Marikana miners in a massacre that shocked the world.
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