Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Aug 7, 2014

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — but only if they are natural. That is the message mining companies and luxury jewelers are keen to instill in consumers as the diamond trade faces a growing challenge from the production of synthetic diamonds. Global diamond ...

Negligence cited in Turkey mining disaster

May 19, 2014

Negligence cited in Turkey mining disaster

In the face of widespread anger over Turkey’s worst mining disaster, prosecutors arrested three people, including a company manager, on charges of negligence Sunday. The three were also accused of causing the death of more than one person, a charge that doesn’t imply intent, ...

Miner blames company for disaster

May 18, 2014

Miner blames company for disaster

Miner Erdal Bicak believes he knows why so many of his colleagues died in Turkey’s worst mining disaster: company negligence. And he knows one other thing — he is never going back down any mine again. Bicak, 24, had just ended his shift Tuesday ...

Anger erupts in Turkey as mine blast claims at least 274 lives

May 15, 2014

Anger erupts in Turkey as mine blast claims at least 274 lives

Anger erupted across Turkey on Wednesday as hopes faded for scores of workers trapped in a collapsed mine and the death toll rose to 274, in what has become the country’s worst mining disaster. Thousands of protesters clashed with police in Ankara and Istanbul, ...

Turkey coal mine explosion kills, traps hundreds of miners

May 14, 2014

Turkey coal mine explosion kills, traps hundreds of miners

An explosion and fire in a coal mine in western Turkey killed 157 miners and trapped hundreds more on Tuesday, a provincial mayor said, in what appeared to be the country’s worst mining accident in years. Rescue workers pumped oxygen into the mine to ...

Komatsu to enter deep-mining fray

Mar 6, 2014

Komatsu to enter deep-mining fray

Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second-biggest maker of mining equipment, is going underground. The joint venture with General Electric Co.’s mining arm announced on Jan. 29 and set to begin in April will be the first step in Komatsu’s foray into the market for subterranean ...

South Africa police promise illegal gold mine crackdown

Feb 19, 2014

South Africa police promise illegal gold mine crackdown

South Africa’s elite police unit vowed to hunt down illegal mining kingpins Tuesday, as two bodies were discovered near an abandoned gold mine where dozens of people had been trapped. Shadrack Sibiya of the police’s Hawks unit said illegal mining “cannot be allowed to ...