Prior to this discovery, it was thought that mainly men were allowed to use the blue stone.
Afghanistan Mining News
Officials said the victims were villagers who were mining for gold illegally, rather than in a government project.
The international NGO in a report on Tuesday estimates the Taliban earns $2.5 million to $10 million a year from mining talc alone.
Officials say the mine was dug with little regard for safety.
Two Chinese state-owned mining companies plan to destroy an ancient Buddhist city in Afghanistan in order to get the copper underneath it, according to a new documentary.
A promise by the Taliban to safeguard the world's second largest untapped copper deposit is being downplayed by the sitting government of Afghanistan.
Armed group behind much of the violence over the past 15 years has offered to protect major Afghan government projects.
The country lost at least $27.5 million in revenue from lapis lazuli between 2014 and 2015. In contrast, armed groups earned about $20 million just in 2014.
Together with other Central Asian countries it is said to have the potential to hold between 39 and 54 billion metric tons of undiscovered potash resources.
Afghanis say that since the Aynak copper mine was set up, their lives have become plagued with conflict and environmental destruction.
It's also the “Saudi Arabia of lithium."
A coal mine in a remote area of Samangan province collapsed on Saturday after a gas explosion.
The China National Petroleum Corporation will operate the project.
US hydrologists and mining engineers are working with Afghans southeast of Kabul to conduct tests.
The government has set up a three-year, $15 million plan to back mining and oil and gas projects in Afghanistan.
Bullion sent via commercial plane flights to the money-laundering center of Dubai
The government of Afghanistan announced Friday its preferred bidders for three of its four current mineral tenders, with a consortium backed by City of London banker Ian Hannam, former BHP Billiton CEO Chip Goodyear and Poland’s multibillionaire Jan Kulczyk, emerging as the biggest winner.
A Chinese copper project in Afghanistan threatens a wealth of archeological sites dating from the 5th century of the Common Era and earlier.
The Afghanistan Ministry of Mines said Tuesday it opened its final bid for the Badakhshan gold deposit, located in the northeastern province of Badakhshan.
Mining companies would give their eye teeth to exploit Afghanistan’s recently discovered $1 trillion of untapped mineral wealth, but analysts warn that corruption, war and lack of infrastructure are likely to keep delaying a mining boom in the country.
A consortium of Indian firms is among 25 companies shortlisted to invest in new copper and gold deposits in Afghanistan.
India is hoping to bury the hatchet with its historical rival Pakistan, at least enough for both sides to benefit from a massive iron ore deposit in Afghanistan.
After achieving a toe-hold in Afghanistan with the award of a major iron ore contract, Indian companies are turning their attention to the troubled country's copper and gold reserves.
The Afghan Ministry of Mines on Saturday announced that it is selling the rights to develop Bamiyan's Siya Dara iron mine.
According to reports, another Afghan coal mine labor was killed at northern Nahrin district of Baghlan province during the rescue efforts on Saturday evening. The latest casualty tolls up the number to 12 who have been killed in Nahrin coal mine collap...