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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.

Colombia's illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak

Estanzuela - Colombia's widespread illegal mining is blamed for causing environmental damage and holding workers in slave-like conditions -- and now is also being blamed for a malaria outbreak.

Chile heavy rain leaves millions without water, closes copper mine

Santiago - Four million people in Santiago were without tap water Sunday after unusually heavy rain pounding central Chile triggered landslides that fouled the city's water supply and forced the closure of the world's biggest copper mine, officials said.

Iran set to diversify energy after sanctions are lifted

The Iranian government plans to inject US $ 55 billion into the petrochemical sector within the next 10 years. In addition, the country has plans to diversify its industry after the end of the international sanctions, including opening up mining.

Industry threatens nearly half of natural heritage sites: WWF

Paris - Almost half of all natural World Heritage Sites, including the Great Barrier Reef and Machu Picchu, are threatened by industrial activities such as mining, oil exploration and illegal logging, conservation group WWF warned Wednesday.

Former head of Brazilian miner Vale 'dies in plane crash'

S - Roger Agnelli, the former head of Brazilian mining giant Vale, died along with six other people when a small plane crashed into a residential building in Sao Paulo, friends and media said.

Missing Venezuela miners' bodies found

Caracas - The bodies of 17 miners have been found in a mass grave in Venezuela, from among 28 missing after an armed attack, officials said Monday.The bodies were found in a pit in the town of Tumeremo, in far southeastern Venezuela near the border with Brazil.

Missing Venezuela miners' bodies found

Caracas - The bodies of four missing miners have been found in a mass grave in Venezuela, and up to 24 co-workers may be buried with them, officials said Monday.

12 dead in Chinese coal mine accident: Report

Bejing - Twelve people were killed in a coal mine accident in China, state media reported Monday, the latest incident in the country's notoriously dangerous industry.

Russian mine disaster toll climbs to 36

Moscow - The death toll in Russia's worst mining disaster in years climbed to 36 on Sunday as officials said 26 workers missing following methane explosions at the pit in the country's frozen Arctic north could not have survived.

Rescuers say 'no contact' with 26 missing miners in Russia's Arctic

Moscow - Rescuers have so far failed to make contact with 26 missing miners as frantic search operations continued over a day after a pit collapse in northern Russia killed at least four workers, authorities said on Friday.

Four killed, 26 missing after Russian mine accident

Moscow - Rescue teams have so far failed to make contact with 26 miners missing after a pit collapse in northern Russia killed at least four workers, authorities said on Friday.

Brazil police charge seven in Samarco mine deaths: reports

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police charged six executives and another suspect Tuesday over the deaths of 19 people when a wastewater dam collapsed at an iron ore mine last year, media reported.

Turkey police fire tear gas at gold mine protesters, 26 hurt: reports

Ankara - Turkish riot police fired tear gas and used sticks Sunday to disperse around 2,000 protesters in a town near the Black Sea who were trying to prevent a mine from being built in their ecologically pristine area, Turkish television reported.

Brazil prosecutor threatens to torpedo $5 bn dam burst settlement

Rio De Janeiro - A nearly $5 billion expected settlement for last year's toxic flood that killed 17 people in Brazil could be challenged by prosecutors, who say the amount is not enough.

Richard Warke cautiously optimistic about deep sea mining

A new era is dawning for the international mining industry. Led by the Australian-Canadian sea floor mining company, Nautilus Minerals, miners are now looking to the sea to make their next fortune.

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.
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