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Romania asks UNESCO to protect planned open-cast goldmine site

Bucharest - Romania has asked the UN cultural agency UNESCO to give world heritage list status to a village where a Canadian firm is battling to locate a controversial open-cast goldmine.

Eight survivors found after Chinese mine cave-in

Bejing - Eight people were found alive in a Chinese gypsum mine Wednesday, state media said, five days after it collapsed in an accident that reportedly prompted its owner to commit suicide.

Chinese mine collapse 'leads to owner's suicide'

Bejing - The owner of a Chinese gypsum mine committed suicide Sunday after a cave-in which killed one person and left 17 trapped, state media said.Ma Congbo drowned himself while he was at the scene helping the rescue, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Search ends for Myanmar jade mine landslide victims

Yangon - Rescuers in northern Myanmar called off their search for workers feared buried in a jade mine landslide, police said Sunday, with no missing people or bodies recovered.

New landslide sweeps through Myanmar jade mine

Yangon - Rescuers were searching through mud and rubble on Saturday after a new landslide buried workers -- possibly dozens -- in a remote jade mining region in northern Myanmar, the second such incident in just over a month.

Families of Brazil mine spill victims offered $25,600

S - The families of people killed and missing after a catastrophic collapse of a waste water dam at a mine in Brazil last month were each offered $25,600 Thursday by the company responsible.

Judge blocks Brazil assets of Vale, BHP Billiton after dam disaster

Bras - A judge has blocked the Brazilian assets of mining giants Vale and BHP Billiton to make sure they pay reparations for the toxic waste dam burst that killed 17 in November.

Pearl Jam donates $100,000 to Brazil mine victims

Bras - The US rock band Pearl Jam is donating $100,000 to victims of a toxic mining spill in Brazil that killed at least 13 people and was the country's worst environmental disaster.

Miner BHP commits to Brazil clean-up as huge lawsuit looms

Sydney - BHP Billiton renewed its commitment Monday to do all it can to help following the deadly collapse of a waste water dam in Brazil, with the mining giant and partner Vale facing a huge lawsuit.

Brazil mining giant rejects UN anger over 'toxic' flood

Rio De Janeiro - Mining giants responsible for a dam spill in Brazil earlier this month rejected Thursday accusations by the United Nations that "20,000 Olympic swimming pools of toxic mud" spewed into a river.

Canadian mine digs up gold, Mexico town digs up bodies

Chilpancingo - The Mexican villagers found the latest clandestine grave among bushes off a dirt path, a short drive from a Canadian-owned gold mine in the country's gang-plagued south.

Sludge from deadly Brazil mine accident reaches Atlantic

Rio De Janeiro - The torrent of mud and toxic mineral waste that buried a Brazilian village earlier this month has reached the Atlantic Ocean after a long passage down the Doce River, officials said.

Scores killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide: officials

Yangon - Around 100 people have died in a huge landslide in a remote jade mining area of northern Myanmar, officials said Sunday, as search teams continued to find bodies in one of the deadliest disasters to strike the country's shadowy jade industry.

Pearl Jam donates concert proceeds to Brazil mine victims

Rio De Janeiro - US rock group Pearl Jam donated proceeds from a concert in Brazil to victims of a toxic mining spill that killed 12 people and was the country's worst environmental disaster.

Mine spill Brazil's worst environmental catastrophe: Minister

Rio De Janeiro - A deadly mine waste spill that buried a village and contaminated a river basin two weeks ago is the worst environmental disaster in Brazilian history, the environment minister said Friday.

Two more waste reservoirs in Brazil risk bursting: Company

Rio De Janeiro - The owner of a mining waste reservoir that burst in Brazil last month, killing 10 people and causing a huge environmental disaster, says two more are at risk of breaking.

Brazil declares emergency after mine waste spill

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities declared a state of emergency Tuesday in more than 200 towns affected by a deadly mining waste spill.

Five Tanzanian miners freed after 41 days trapped underground

Dar Es Salaam - Five Tanzanian gold miners have been rescued after spending 41 days trapped deep underground eating cockroaches and frogs to survive, the mining ministry and survivors said Tuesday.

Five Tanzanian miners freed after 41 days trapped underground: ministry

Dar Es Salaam - Five Tanzanian gold miners have been rescued after spending 41 trapped deep underground eating cockroaches and frogs to survive, the mining ministry and survivors said Tuesday.

Despite film buzz, life grim for some of Chile's hero miners

Santiago - The Chilean miners who became celebrities after months trapped underground are now immortalized in a Hollywood film starring Antonio Banderas -- but for some, real life has had no happy ending.

BHP Billiton, Vale face fines over Brazil mine disaster: Rousseff

Rio De Janeiro - Mining giants Vale and BHP Billiton will be held accountable for a deadly dam rupture at an iron ore mine in Brazil and face immediate fines of about $66 million, President Dilma Rousseff said Thursday.

Mining giant Rio Tinto using driverless trucks at its mines

Two mines in Western Australia have become the first in the world to start moving all of their iron ore using driverless trucks.

New evacuations at site of Brazil mine disaster

Mariana - Fresh evacuations were ordered at the scene of Brazil's deadly mine dam tragedy as the CEOs of the mining giants that own the operation made a joint visit.

Mining giants' CEOs visit site of Brazil disaster

Mariana - The CEOs of the world's largest mining company, Australia-based BHP, and Brazilian iron ore giant Vale visited Wednesday the scene of last week's deadly dam burst at a mine reservoir in southeastern Brazil.

Brazil orders mudslide mine to take emergency measures

Mariana - Brazilian authorities investigating last week's fatal collapse of a mine waste reservoir have ordered operator Samarco to take emergency measures to deal with the catastrophic aftermath.

Brazil orders mudslide mine to take emergency measures

Mariana - Brazilian authorities investigating last week's fatal collapse of a mine-waste reservoir have ordered operator Samarco to take emergency measures to deal with the catastrophic aftermath, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Brazil shuts mudslide mine in new blow to companies

Mariana - Brazilian authorities have halted operations at an iron ore mine where the collapse of a waste reservoir triggered a deadly mudslide, the latest blow to co-owners BHP Billiton and Vale.

The seven-year-old boy swallowed by Brazil mudslide

Mariana - As the tsunami of mud approached their home, seven-year-old Thiago Santos clutched his grandmother in his arms and said, "Jesus help me.

Brazil mudslide likely killed 13, 'hope fading' for missing

Mariana - The avalanche of mud and mining sludge that swallowed up a village in southeastern Brazil more than likely left at least 13 people dead, with the fate of 15 others still unknown, the governor of Minas Gerais state said Sunday.

Desperate search for Brazil mudslide survivors

Mariana - Rescuers will spend a fourth day Sunday scouring for survivors beneath an avalanche of mud and mining sludge that buried a village in southeast Brazil, killing at least two people and leaving 28 missing.
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Activist's shirt stating the dangers of open-pit mining.
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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 flash mob opposing Gods Lake Resources mining the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug area.
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Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Councillor Cecilia Begg speaking at a rally protesting against Gods Lake Resources mining her native land.