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Kinross Gold reports first-quarter loss but tops expectations

The Canadian miner posted a loss of $13.9 million in its first quarter.

Egypt explorers hunt gold in the desert, following ancients

Essential for ancient artifacts like the famed burial mask of Tutankhamun, gold has been mined in Egypt for millennia.

Afghan mineral wealth being looted by strongmen, experts say

Afghanistan has reserves of coal, copper, iron ore, zinc, mercury, rare earths, gems such as rubies and emeralds, gold and silver worth about $3 trillion.

Thousands rally in Mongolia over foreign mining concessions

The more than 2,000 people who gathered in Ulaanbaatar's Freedom Square claimed foreign companies have exploited Mongolia's mineral wealth, which accounts for 94% of the nation's exports.

U.S. coal industry on track for record low in mining deaths

In late December, there were 11 deaths in coal mines nationwide for the year, putting the industry on track to best the record low of 16 set in 2014.

Ur-Energy proposes to expand Wyoming uranium mine

The mine, already one of the biggest in the state, would double in size as company bets on rebound in prices.

Wall collapses at Philippine coal pit, killing 5 workers and leaving 4 missing, governor says

A wall in a vast coal pit collapsed in the central Philippines early Friday, killing five workers and leaving at least four others missing at a site where a similar deadly accident occurred two years ago, a governor said Friday.

Police defend handling of London diamond-district heist caught on camera

The gang members, dressed in fluorescent vests and hard hats, calmly carried bags and wheeled garbage bins into a high-security storage facility in London's diamond district.

US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths.

10 miners killed in China mine explosion

Ten Chinese miners were found dead Sunday hours after they were trapped underground in an explosion at a mine in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, state media said.

Deep in coal country, many pondering a future without it

The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup of coffee. The sun has yet to crest the ridge above, where mist clings like clouds that couldn’t quite make it over.

Mining group appeals ban on new Grand Canyon mines

Two mining industry groups have appealed a federal judge's ruling upholding an Obama administration ban on new hard-rock mining claims on more than one million acres near the Grand Canyon.

Curacao police arrest 7 in $11.5 million gold bar heist

Police in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao arrested seven suspects in connection with the recent heist of 70 gold bars worth an estimated $11.5 million.

Stream of molten gold signals return of large-scale underground mining to California

With the price of the metal near historic highs, hovering around $1,700 an ounce (28 grams), the California Mother Lode's first large-scale hard rock gold mining operation in a half-century is coming back to life.

Zimbabwe: Civic groups refuse diamond money offer

Civic activists say they will not accept the Zimbabwe mining minister’s offer of funds because it would hamper their efforts to make government accountable for its diamond revenues.

Panelists to review Pebble Mine science

The heated battle over the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska is shifting to science, with panels weighing in on different reports that have only added more fuel to the fight.

Nevada's panel OKs plan gold and silver trucks on highway

Despite opposition by residents, a Storey County panel has recommended plans by a mining company to haul truckloads of ore on a winding state highway frequented by tourists.

Closed Idaho silver mine to start rehiring in July

A northern Idaho silver mine that was shut down after a series of accidents last year, including the deaths of two miners, will start rehiring in July and should have a full workforce by the end of the year, Hecla Mining Co. Chief Executive Officer Phil Baker said Thursday.

New legal challenge filed against UP nickel mine

A private club in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has filed a federal lawsuit to halt construction of a nickel and copper mine, saying Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. did not obtain necessary federal permits.

Newmont chief says Conga gold mine could be abandoned

The president of Newmont Mining Corp. said Friday that the U.S. company could halt investment in a major gold mining project in Peru's north if modifications sought by the government significantly affect its profitability.

Peru reinforces embattled mining region

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's government says it's sending 1,000 police reinforcements to an Amazon basin capital where three people were killed during rioting by illegal gold miners.

Gunmen kill Indonesian police officer near Freeport-McMoRan’s gold, copper mine

Unidentified gunmen have killed a police officer near the U.S. company Freeport-McMoRan’s gold and copper mine in eastern Indonesia.

Shareholders sue Hecla Mining Co. after Lucky Friday Mine shut down

Some shareholders have sued Hecla Mining Co. for stock losses they endured after the federal government shut down the Lucky Friday Mine for safety violations.

Main says violations at US coal mines down in 2011

Coal operators across the country are changing the way they work, and mines are becoming safer, but the head of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said Thursday there are still too many who "don't get it."

Ex-Minn. diamond seller admits dealing in pot

A former diamond seller in southeastern Minnesota has admitted to dealing millions of dollars of high-grade marijuana and stolen gems.