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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.

Colombia wages 'historic' crackdown on rebel mines

Guapi - Colombian authorities said Tuesday they have dealt a major blow to leftist guerrilla army ELN's finances with a "historic" military operation against illegal gold mines.

South Africa marks Marikana killings but little has changed

Tornado - Mohlaudi Mohlaudi's salary may have more than doubled in the four years since 34 of his fellow miners were killed by South African police during a strike in Marikana, but he still lives in squalor.

Burkina Faso counts cost of child labour

Covered in dust and without protective kit, two seven-year-old boys gather stones in cups.

Foreigners kidnapped in Nigeria released: Company

Port Harcourt - Five foreign construction workers kidnapped last week with two Nigerian colleagues after their vehicle was attacked and driver killed have been released, officials said Monday, with two suffering serious injuries.

Australians, NZealander, South African kidnapped in Nigeria

Port Harcourt - Three Australians, a New Zealander and South African have been kidnapped along with two locals in Nigeria's southeast after their vehicle was attacked, officials said on Thursday.

Peru's deadly gold mining conflicts test leaders

- Both candidates running for president of Peru have vowed to create jobs and wealth. In a land of gold and copper, that means tackling deadly disputes over mining.

Elite South African mine rescue squad risks all to save lives

Carletonville - In a dark, smoke-filled mine shaft, a group of South African rescue trainees heave and gasp after crawling through a narrow steel pipe -- but commands shouted by an instructor urge them onwards."Number four, what is your oxygen reading?" he yells.

Gruelling tales behind South African miners' class action

Johanesburg - Dangerous working conditions, scant safety standards, inhumane living quarters and violent racism -- South African gold miners endured decades of hardship underground.

S.Africa court allows huge class action over miners' silicosis

Johanesburg - Hundreds of thousands of South African gold miners can pursue a multi-million-dollar class action against mining companies over an often-fatal respiratory disease contracted at work, a judge ruled Friday.

Mining plans threaten habitat of Monarch butterflies in Mexico

Endangered Monarch butterflies face their greatest threat as the largest mining company in Mexico plans to reopen a copper mine inside the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, home to tens of millions of monarchs during winter.

'Substantial progress' on Brazil mine disaster recovery: BHP

Sydney - BHP Billiton Friday said it was making "substantial progress" to help communities devastated by a fatal Brazilian mine accident, as the commodities giant's share price strengthened after sinking on the back of a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit.

'Substantial progress' on Brazil mine disaster recovery: BHP

Sydney - BHP Billiton Friday said it was making "substantial progress" to help communities devastated by a fatal Brazilian mine accident, as the commodities giant's share price strengthened after sinking on the back of a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit.

'Substantial progress' on Brazil mine disaster recovery: BHP

Sydney - BHP Billiton Friday said it was making "substantial progress" to help communities devastated by a fatal Brazilian mine accident, as the commodities giant's share price strengthened after sinking on the back of a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit.

'Impossibly rare' violet diamond found in Australia

Sydney - A rare violet diamond, the largest of its kind ever found at Australia's remote Argyle mine, will be the centrepiece of Rio Tinto's annual pink diamonds showcase, the company said Tuesday.

'Impossibly rare' violet diamond found in Australia

Sydney - A rare violet diamond, the largest of its kind ever found at Australia's remote Argyle mine, will be the centrepiece of Rio Tinto's annual pink diamonds showcase, the company said Tuesday.

'Impossibly rare' violet diamond found in Australia

Sydney - A rare violet diamond, the largest of its kind ever found at Australia's remote Argyle mine, will be the centrepiece of Rio Tinto's annual pink diamonds showcase, the company said Tuesday.
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Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan speaking at a rally 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 flash mob opposing Gods Lake Resources mining the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug area.
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Corporate zombies at open-pit mining protest.
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A Canadian flag covered in oil.
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Activist's shirt stating the dangers of open-pit mining.
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Activist holding a sign.
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