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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.

S.Africa's tough choice: Land redistribution or mining investment?

Cape Town - South Africa's government faces a tough balancing act as it tries to attract foreign investors into the key mining sector while also pledging to seize land without paying compensation.

Vale loses license to operate key Brazil dam after disaster

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian mining giant Vale on Wednesday lost its license to operate the Lanjeiras dam, vital to its biggest mine in southeastern Minas Gerais state, the firm said.

Drainage problems detected in collapsed Brazil dam

Rio De Janeiro - A dam that collapsed at a Brazilian mine last month, killing at least 134 people, had drainage problems according to a technical inspection carried out for the mining giant Vale, media reported Tuesday.

Toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 121 dead, 226 missing

Brumadinho - The toll from a dam collapse last week at a mine in southeast Brazil has risen to 121 dead and 226 missing, according to officials Saturday.

Deadly Brazil dam collapse raises fears of environmental woes

Rio De Janeiro - A week after a dam storing mining waste collapsed in southeast Brazil, the human cost is clear, with 110 killed and 238 missing, presumed dead, but the environmental impact is still being evaluated.

A look at Brazil's diverse and lucrative mining industry

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's mining wealth has fueled its economy from colonial times. Its diverse mineral deposits are among the very richest in the world, earning it around $30 billion annually in exports.

China failing to curb methane emissions, study finds

Apo - Methane emissions from coal mining in China have continued to rise despite tough legislation and ambitious government targets, a new study based on satellite data said Wednesday.

Five engineers arrested in Brazil over deadly dam collapse

S - Five engineers, including two working for a German company, were arrested in Brazil Tuesday as part of a probe into a deadly dam collapse last week at a mine in the country's southeast, officials said.

Brazil mining giant Vale tarnished by dam disaster

Rio De Janeiro - Vale, the Brazilian company that owns the dam that burst at one of its mines killing dozens and leaving hundreds missing, is the world's biggest iron-ore miner - and its reputation has taken a harsh blow with the disaster.
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Signs at open-pit mining demonstration.
FIRE: The historic general store in the silver boom town of Markleeville  about 30 miles south of So...
FIRE: The historic general store in the silver boom town of Markleeville, about 30 miles south of South Lake Tahoe, which is threatened by wildfire.
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Houses that are being restored by Adopt a House.
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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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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.
Imperial Metals Inc has significantly reduced operations at its Mt. Polley mine because of the wildf...
Imperial Metals Inc has significantly reduced operations at its Mt. Polley mine because of the wildfires in south central British Columbia.
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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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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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Corporate zombies at open-pit mining protest.
Corporate zombies at open-pit mining protest.
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Artist's concept of a space 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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Bottles representing contaminated water.
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Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan speaking at a rally supporting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.
A flash mob opposing Gods Lake Resources mining the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug area.
A flash mob opposing Gods Lake Resources mining the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug area.
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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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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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