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Violence, Roadblocks Slow Work at Indonesian Copper Mine

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Operators of a giant copper mine in Indonesia are weighing their options as hundreds of striking miners blockade roads, keeping food and supplies from reaching the operation. Work at the Freeport-McRohan mine in eastern Papua province was virtually halted after suspected saboteurs on Monday damaged a pipeline carrying copper concentrate to the coast. Company officials […]

Amnesty Calls for Probe of Indonesian Mine Killing

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group is demanding that Indonesian authorities investigate the deadly shooting of a striking worker by state security forces at a U.S.-run gold and copper mine. Six other striking miners were injured in Monday’s incident at the Freeport-McMoran Grasberg mine in the remote eastern province of Papua. Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific […]

Police Kill Miner in Indonesia Labor Strike

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Union officials say Indonesian security forces opened fire on striking workers at a U.S.-run gold and copper mine early Monday, killing one miner and critically wounding another. Officials for the mine workers’ union say violence broke out when more than 1,000 workers at Freeport-McMoran’s Grasberg mine in easternmost Papua province pelted security forces with rocks. […]

Death Toll Reaches 17 in Chinese Mine Accident

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say 17 people are now dead in a coal mine explosion in southwestern China. The official Xinhua news agency said three mine workers died in hospital and another body was recovered from the mine on Wednesday. It said 11 other miners are receiving treatment in a hospital. Workplace safety officials said the […]

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China Mine Blast Kills 13

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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China says at least 13 workers have been killed and another five people are missing, after an apparent gas explosion Tuesday in a coal mine in the southwestern province of Guizhou. The official Xinhua news agency says another 13 miners managed to escape, and that an investigation is under way. China’s mines are among the […]

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Maoist Rebels Attack Philippine Mining Companies

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of heavily-armed communist guerrillas have attacked three mining companies in the Philippines. Philippine security officials are trying to verify reports that two or three civilian guards were killed in the raids on Monday. The New People’s Army guerrillas burned heavy equipment, disarmed guards and briefly held several people hostage. One of the companies — […]

22 Miners Rescued After 7 Days in Flooded Pit

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Rescuers have pulled 22 Chinese coal miners from a flooded underground pit in north China where they were trapped for a week. Chinese news media reported the miners were brought to the surface Tuesday morning in apparently good condition. Twenty-six miners were trapped August 23 in the illegal mine near the northeastern city of Qitaihe […]

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Sounds Heard from Flooded China Mine

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 1:32 am (UTC-5)
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Rescuers say they heard knocking sounds Monday from a flooded mine in northeastern China, where 22 workers have been trapped since last Tuesday. China’s official Xinhua news agency reports that the noises came from a 280-meter pipe that was drilled late Sunday to allow fresh air into the mine in Qitaihe, a city in Heilongjiang […]

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Local Chinese Officials Fired Over Mine Disaster

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Two local officials near an illegal mining operation in northeastern China have been fired, as rescue efforts continue for 26 workers trapped in a flooded shaft since Tuesday. State-run Xinhua news agency says the head of Boli county in Heilongjiang province and his deputy were both dismissed Wednesday during an emergency meeting of the local […]

10 Die in Chinese Mine Explosion

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials say 10 people have been killed by a gas explosion in a southwest China coal mine, in the latest in a series of fatal accidents to plague the industry. The blast occurred Sunday evening in Guizhou province, while 11 men were working underground. The one survivor was injured. Despite improved safety standards in […]

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