Feb 5, 2016

Three missing, 87 rescued after South Africa mine collapse

Almost 90 miners were rescued and three were still missing after a cave-in at a gold mine in northeastern South Africa on Friday, the firm that owns the mine said. The collapse at the mine’s main entrance trapped 87 workers underground, all of whom ...

Chinese mine boss drowns himself after deadly collapse

Dec 27, 2015

Chinese mine boss drowns himself after deadly collapse

The owner of a Chinese gypsum mine drowned Sunday after jumping into a well in an apparent suicide during rescue efforts for 17 workers still trapped two days after the mine collapsed and killed one person, state media said. Quoting a morning briefing by ...

Dec 26, 2015

New landslide sweeps through Myanmar jade mine

Rescuers were searching through mud and rubble Saturday after a new landslide buried workers in a remote jade mining region in northern Myanmar, the second such incident in just over a month. The landslide took place on Friday afternoon in Hpakant, Kachin State, the ...

U.S. bill ends legal quandary over mining rights in space

Dec 2, 2015

U.S. bill ends legal quandary over mining rights in space

A new law clears U.S. companies to own what they mine from asteroids and other celestial bodies, ending a legal quandary that had overshadowed technical and financial issues facing the startups, industry officials said on Tuesday. The Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, signed by ...

Myanmar jade mine landslide toll tops 100

Nov 23, 2015

Myanmar jade mine landslide toll tops 100

Rescuers on Monday were searching for victims of a huge landslide at a mine in northern Myanmar as the toll topped 100 in a disaster highlighting the perils of the country’s secretive billion-dollar jade trade. Authorities in the remote town of Hpakant, the epicenter ...

Landslide in northern Myanmar kills about 70; 100 missing

Nov 22, 2015

Landslide in northern Myanmar kills about 70; 100 missing

A landslide near a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed up to 70 people and left more than 100 missing, most of them villagers sifting through a huge mountain of tailings and waste, a community leader and businessman said Sunday. The collapse occurred Saturday ...

Nov 19, 2015

Small Canadian firm finds second-biggest gem-quality diamond ever

A small Canadian diamond company has found what it says is the world’s second-biggest gem-quality diamond ever recovered, and the largest in more than a century, at its mine in Botswana. Lucara Diamond Corp. said on Wednesday the 1,111-carat stone was found at its ...