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Gabon's sole train a lifeline for its people and economy

Franceville - The sky turns from indigo to ebony as the tropical night falls, and the train patiently thrusts through the jungle towards its destination, still hundreds of kilometres (miles) away.

Bolivia, with huge untapped reserves, gears up for soaring lithium demand

Vinto - Over 3,600 meters above sea level on the blinding white plain of the world's largest salt flat, landlocked Bolivia is dramatically ramping up production of lithium to cope with soaring global demand for the prized electric-battery metal.

Tribal leaders in Brazil call for legalization of wildcat mining

Members of an indigenous tribe in the Amazon in northern Brazil on Friday called for wildcat miners to be allowed to prospect for gold on their land, saying it was a source of income.

Australia eyes rare earth deposits amid fears over China supplies

Perth - Australia will step up production of rare earths and other militarily sensitive "tech metals", the country's defence minister said Monday, as doubts grow over the reliability of Chinese supplies.

Ecuador cracks down on illegal mining to transform economy

La Carolina - In a desolate area of Ecuador's northern Andes, dozens of electricity generators are cordoned off by yellow crime scene tape as armed security forces keep watch.

Canada miner apologizes for violating Guatemala protesters' rights

Montr - A Canadian mining firm has apologized after reaching an agreement with demonstrators shot and wounded while protesting the company's Guatemalan gold and silver mine, according to statements Tuesday from both sides.

UN rights chief condemns Brazil tribal leader's killing

Geneva - The UN rights chief on Monday condemned the "reprehensible" murder of a tribal chief in the Amazon, linking the killing to the pro-mining policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Chile's mining waste poses silent threat to humans on multiple fronts

Requinoa - From the sky, the glistening emerald ponds of northern Chile are almost beautiful, but closer to the ground they harbor an ugly and dangerous secret: the reservoirs, filled with toxic waste from the country's mining industry, are ticking time bombs.

Three soldiers killed in French Guiana gold mine accident

Cayenne - Three soldiers have been killed and another seriously injured in an operation to destroy an illegal gold mine in French Guiana, France's Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said Thursday.

Illegal DR Congo miners protest after deadly accident

Lubumbashi - Hundreds of illegal miners protested in southeastern DR Congo on Thursday a week after a shaft collapse killed dozens of their peers.

Chilean copper mine strike continues after workers reject offer

Santiago - Striking workers employed by the world's top copper producer were set to continue their walkout on Saturday after voting down a management offer of better wages and compensation.

DR Congo's army moves in to dislodge illegal miners

Lubumbashi - Democratic Republic of Congo's army has sent a battalion of troops to oust illegal miners from land worked by a majority-owned Chinese company, the military said Tuesday.

More than 3,200 workers at Chile state-run miner Codelco to strike

Santiago - More than 3,200 workers at Chile's huge Chuquicamata copper mine plan to go on strike this week after union-management talks broke down, state-run miner Codelco -- the world's largest copper producer -- said Wednesday.

China steps up threat to deprive US of rare earths

Bejing - Chinese state media dangled Wednesday the threat of cutting exports of rare earths to the United States as a counter-strike in the trade war, potentially depriving Washington of a key resource used to make everything from smartphones to military hardwa...

Rare earths: the latest weapon in the US-China trade war

Bejing - They are used in everything from lightbulbs to guided missiles, but with China controlling 95 percent of the world's supply of rare earth metals, they are also a potentially powerful weapon in Beijing's trade war with Washington.

Brazil ex-billionaire fined $134 million for insider trading

S - Eike Batista, once the richest man in Brazil, has been fined around $134 million for insider trading, the securities commission said Monday, as the ex-billionaire remains under house arrest pending an appeal against a 30-year jail sentence.

Lunar tunnel engineers excited by boring Moon colonies

Naples - As space agencies prepare to return humans to the Moon, top engineers are racing to design a tunnel boring machine capable of digging underground colonies for the first lunar inhabitants."Space is becoming a passion for a lot of people again.

Miner BHP faces £5bn claim over Brazil dam collapse

London - Global mining giant BHP Billiton faced Wednesday a £5.0 billion ($6.5 billion, 5.8 billion euros) claim for damages over a Brazilian dam collapse that killed 19 people in late 2015, sources said.

Tiny Australia bird stalls divisive coal mine project

Sydney - A tiny finch flew into the centre of Australia's bitter environmental politics Friday when local authorities blocked the construction of a contentious coal mine until the rare bird is protected.

Rescuers battle to find dozens killed in Myanmar mudslide

Chen - Myanmar recovery teams battled treacherous conditions Wednesday to pull a fourth body from the sludge left by a mudslide that buried more than 50 jade miners -- the latest fatal accident in a notoriously dangerous but highly-lucrative industry.

The ethical gold rush: Gilded age for guilt-free jewellery

Paris - Forget how many carats -- how ethical is your gold? As high-end consumers demand to know the origin of their treasures, some jewellers are ensuring they use responsibly sourced, eco-friendly or recycled gold.

Vale says $4 bn in assets frozen over Brazil dam disaster

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities have frozen more than $4 billion dollars' worth of assets belonging to Vale over a deadly dam collapse, the mining giant said Wednesday, as it reported a 24.6 percent increase in full-year net profit.

'Can't be called water': Brazil marks two months since dam disaster

Juatuba - Brazilian fisherman Jose Geraldo dos Santos uses a long pole to push his boat down the reddish-brown Paraopeba River, taking care not to splash himself with water he says is toxic.

Twin cyclones batter Australia

Cairns - A "very destructive" category 4 cyclone slammed into Australia's remote northern coast on Saturday, while a second, equally powerful storm bore down on the country's west.

Up to 100 still feared trapped in Indonesia mine

Jakarta - Indonesian authorities warned Monday that up to 100 people could still be trapped and feared dead inside a collapsed illegal gold mine despite a painstaking rescue effort that has so far plucked 19 people alive from the rubble, but also seen nine death...

Six dead, dozens buried in Indonesia mine collapse

Indonesia - At least six people are dead and dozens more are still trapped beneath the rubble of an illegal gold mine that collapsed in Indonesia, officials said Thursday, as rescuers frantically searched for survivors.

Brazil arrests eight Vale employees over mining dam disaster

S - Brazilian authorities arrested eight employees of mining giant Vale on Friday over a dam collapse at one of its mines three weeks ago that killed at least 166 people and left 147 missing, presumed dead.

Brazil arrests eight Vale employees over mining dam disaster

S - Brazilian authorities arrested eight employees of mining giant Vale on Friday over a dam collapse at one of its mines three weeks ago that killed at least 166 people and left 147 missing, presumed dead.

Ten towns hit by river pollution from Brazil dam disaster

Rio De Janeiro - Ten towns in southeast Brazil are suffering river pollution after a dam collapse at a mine nearly three weeks ago that killed 166 people and left 155 missing, presumed dead, according to officials.

Senate passes sweeping conservation package in bipartisan vote

On Tuesday, the Senate approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments.
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A Canadian flag covered in oil.
File photo: The photo shows pristine fields of New South Wales  Australia  located approximately 25 ...
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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Sunset uranium mine in Wyoming  now in the process of being reclaimed. The reclamation includes the ...
Sunset uranium mine in Wyoming, now in the process of being reclaimed. The reclamation includes the mitigation of surface and underground hazards including highwalls, pits, open shafts, spoil piles and substandard water. The goal is to eliminate hazards to public health and safety, and control environmental degradation, while being sensitive to public concerns and landowner issues.
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Activist s shirt stating the dangers of open-pit mining.
Activist's shirt stating the dangers of open-pit mining.
A photo-op for a rally supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and in protest of Gods Lake Resource ...
A photo-op for a rally supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and in protest of Gods Lake Resource mining the area.
As you can see from this picture (which is more than 50 years old) coal sands mining is nothing new ...
As you can see from this picture (which is more than 50 years old) coal sands mining is nothing new in Canada. The sheer scale that it is done on today may be causing serious problems for anyone eating near a water source in Canada.
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Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Councillor Cecilia Begg speaking at a rally protesting against God...
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Councillor Cecilia Begg speaking at a rally protesting against Gods Lake Resources mining her native land.
RESOURCES: This open pit coal mine is in Mugla  Turkey  about 150 miles south of Soma where the Tues...
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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Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan speaking at a rally in Toronto supporting Kitchenuhm...
Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan speaking at a rally in Toronto supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.
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Activist holding a sign.
Corporate zombies at open-pit mining protest.
Corporate zombies at open-pit mining protest.
Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan speaking at a rally supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib In...
Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan speaking at a rally supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.
Artist s concept of a space mine
Artist's concept of a space mine
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People stand in front of a hospital as they wait for news from her relatives after a coal mine explosion in the Turkish province of Manisa, on May 14, 2014
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In 2016  Komatsu Ltd. unveiled at MINExpo International an  Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle  d...
In 2016, Komatsu Ltd. unveiled at MINExpo International an "Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle" developed exclusively as an unmanned haul truck -- with no cab -- to maximize the advantages of unmanned operation.
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The ability to use predicative analytics in the cloud is helping mining companies to identify corporate governance problems before they occur
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