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Diamond magnate accused of telling tales at graft trial

Geneva - Diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz was accused of telling "tall tales" on Tuesday at his trial in Geneva, where he is accused of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea.

Israeli magnate starts corruption trial in Switzerland

Geneva - The trial of French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz over corruption allegations linked to mining deals in Guinea opened in Geneva on Monday with judges rejecting his lawyer's demands for procedural changes.

Israeli magnate faces corruption charges in Geneva over Guinea deals

Geneva - After a drawn-out international investigation, French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz goes on trial in Geneva Monday over allegations of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea.

Israeli magnate set for corruption trial in Geneva

Geneva - After a drawn-out international investigation, French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz will go on trial in Geneva next week over allegations of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea.

Careless talk costs lives: a North Korean execution

Seoul - As a teenager in North Korea, Lee Soon-keum bitterly resented her prisoner-of-war father as his status meant she would have to toil in coal mines like him.Years later, she says she was forced to watch him and her brother executed by firing squad.

Left behind: North Korean coalmines fuelled by South's POWs

Seoul - Just 13 days before the armistice that ended the Korean War, Southern soldier Lee Sun-woo was captured. He then spent more than three decades toiling in a North Korean coal mine like thousands of his compatriots.

Aboriginal group urges mining 'reset' after ancient site destroyed

Perth - Aboriginal landowners have called for a "reset" in Australia's lucrative mining sector after an inquiry pilloried Rio Tinto for blowing up a 46,000-year-old heritage site to expand an iron ore mine.

Mine collapse in Nicaragua traps at least 10

Managua - A mudslide in an unlicensed gold mine in Nicaragua trapped at least 10 workers Friday, state-run media reported.Crews began work to try to rescue the miners after the accident in the La Esperanza region of southern Nicaragua.

Amazon leaders deliver illegal mining petition to Brazil Congress

Bras - Indigenous leaders delivered a petition of more than 400,000 signatures to the Brazilian Congress on Thursday, demanding the removal of illegal miners from Yanomami land in the Amazon they say are spreading the coronavirus to vulnerable communities.

Zimbabwe mine shaft collapse leaves dozens trapped

Bindura - Around 40 informal miners have been trapped underground in northeastern Zimbabwe after a shaft in a disused gold mine collapsed, the country's miners' federation said Thursday.

India's love affair with coal cools as pressure grows on sector

New Delhi - Funding for coal projects in India has plunged for the second straight year, new figures showed Tuesday, as the world's second biggest coal importer weans itself off the dirty fuel.

Chain reaction: virus darkens future of Albania's chromium miners

Bulqiz - With mountains of chromite piling sky high on the docks of the port behind him in the Albanian city of Durres, logistics manager Henri Kurti explains the hold up.

Australia seeks answers on reported Chinese coal 'ban'

Sydney - Australia on Tuesday called for China to clarify whether restrictions have been placed on the import of Australian coal, a potentially significant hit to the already struggling economy Down Under.

16 dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in Chinese coal mine

Bejing - Sixteen workers died and one is in a critical condition after being trapped underground in a coal mine in southwest China on Sunday, reported state broadcaster CCTV.

Aboriginal owners decry 'corporate vandalism' after sacred site destruction

Sydney - The traditional owners of an ancient Aboriginal site in Australia blown up by Rio Tinto accused the mining giant of a "shocking act of corporate vandalism" Friday in their first public comment on the incident.

Pandemic panners: Indonesians hunt for gold in desperate times

Timika - With the coronavirus devastating jobs across the country, desperate Indonesians are flocking to illegal gold mines as the soaring price of the precious metal overrides the risk to their lives and the environment.

Chile court shuts gold mine over environmental fears

Santiago - Chile's environmental court confirmed Thursday a final order to close Canadian company Barrick Gold's huge Pascua Lama mining project, on hold since 2013 over environmental concerns.

Rio Tinto bosses resign over destruction of ancient Aborginal site

Sydney - Rio Tinto announced the resignation of its CEO and two top lieutenants Friday over the mining giant's destruction of a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site to expand an iron ore mine in Australia.

Huge Indonesia mine resumes operations after lockdown protest

Timika - Operations have resumed at the world's biggest gold mine in Indonesia, the company that runs it said Saturday, after workers blocked access to the site in protest at being stopped from visiting their families over virus concerns.

Rio Tinto CEO forfeits millions over destruction of Aboriginal site

Sydney - Mining giant Rio Tinto stripped its CEO of US$3.5 million Monday after the company destroyed a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site to expand an iron ore mine in Australia.

BHP signals shift away from coal as profits dip

Sydney - Mining giant BHP said profits fell four percent in the year ending in June, as the Anglo-Australian firm signalled a transition away from the intensely polluting thermal coal market on Tuesday.

A decade on, hero Chilean miners are bitter and divided

Copiap - A decade ago, 33 Chilean miners became a symbol of hope and solidarity after surviving for more than two months trapped deep underground in the Atacama desert.

Record 212 environmental activists murdered in 2019: NGO

Paris - At least 212 environmental campaigners worldwide were murdered in 2019, making last year the deadliest on record for frontline activists battling the destruction of Nature, watchdog group Global Witness reported Wednesday.

Dreams of Myanmar's 'unwashed' jade miners buried by disaster

Chen - Five Yay Ma Hsay -- or 'unwashed' as the jade miners of northern Myanmar are known -- arrived early Thursday at the pit to scrape out a living on a scraggy hillside, lured by the prospect of finding a stone that could transform their lives.

Mass burial for scores killed in Myanmar jade mine disaster

Chen - Dozens of jade miners were buried Friday in a mass grave after a landslide in northern Myanmar killed over 170, most of them migrant workers seeking their fortune in treacherous open-cast mines near the China border.

More bodies found at Myanmar jade mine disaster

Chen - Rescuers Friday pulled several bodies from the scene of a landslide which killed over 160 jade miners in northern Myanmar, many of them migrant workers seeking their fortune in treacherous open-cast mines near the China border.

More than 160 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Chen - The battered bodies of more than 160 jade miners were pulled from a sea of mud after a landslide in northern Myanmar on Thursday, after one of the worst-ever accidents to hit the treacherous industry.

Russian mining giant admits waste 'violations' at Arctic plant

Moscow - A Russian mining giant behind an enormous Arctic fuel spill last month said Sunday it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby tundra.

Miner becomes millionaire after finding biggest tanzanite stones

Dar Es Salaam - A Tanzanian small-scale miner has become a multi-millionaire after uncovering two of the biggest of the country's precious tanzanite stones ever found and selling them to the government.Saniniu Kuryan Laizer, 52, found the stones weighing 9.27 and 5.

Rio Tinto launches probe after destroying ancient Aboriginal site

Sydney - Mining giant Rio Tinto launched a high-level review of its operations in Western Australia on Friday after the company blew up a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site to expand an iron ore mine.
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File photo: The photo shows pristine fields of New South Wales, Australia, located approximately 25 km south-east of the township of Gunnedah.
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Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan speaking at a rally supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.
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Signs at open-pit mining demonstration.
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The world-class mining district of Morococha covers an area of about 70 square kilometers in the Western Cordillera of central Peru. The central part of the district is dominated by the giant Toromocho porphyry Copper- molybdenum deposit.
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RESOURCES: This open pit coal mine is in Mugla, Turkey, about 150 miles south of Soma where the Tuesday's disaster occurred.
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A photo-op for a rally supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and in protest of Gods Lake Resource mining the area.
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Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan speaking at a rally in Toronto supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.
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A photo-op for a rally supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and in protest of Gods Lake Resource mining the area.
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A Canadian flag covered in oil.
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