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Acacia Mining says Tanzanian mine to be issued environmental protection order

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(Reuters) – Acacia Mining Plc said on Friday its North Mara Gold Mine would be issued an environmental protection order (EPO) relating to alleged historical breaches of environmental regulations in Tanzania. Acacia, majority-owned by Barrick Gold, is embroiled in a long-running tax dispute with Tanzania and had cut output by a third after the government Read More

Indian soldier leaked sensitive info to Pakistani ‘honey pot’ on Facebook

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An Indian Army clerk has been arrested for passing information on troop movements and military exercises to a Pakistani spy on Facebook and WhatsApp and may have been paid for his betrayal, authorities say. The 26-year-old havildar, posted in an infantry battalion at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, was reportedly coaxed into sharing the information by Read More

Palladium boom gives South African miners only temporary reprieve

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LONDON (Reuters) – A surge in palladium prices has thrown struggling South African mining companies a lifeline. But it may not be enough. FILE PHOTO: Ingots of 99.97 percent pure palladium are stored at a plant owned by Krastsvetmet, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of non-ferrous metals, in Krasnoyarsk, Russia April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Ilya Read More

Explainer: Why Zimbabwe faces worst power cuts in three years

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HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst power cuts in three years, lasting up to 10 hours daily in some areas and threatening mining output in one of the world’s biggest platinum and gold producers. FILE PHOTO: Student Rutendo Madziva reads by candlelight during an electrical power cut in Marondera, Zimbabwe, May 14, 2019. Read More

Australia’s drought wilts support for government in rural heartlands

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MILDURA, Australia (Reuters) – A conservative stronghold for a century, Australia’s hinterland is now cracking like the drought-parched earth, voters say, with once-safe districts in jeopardy ahead of Saturday’s election. The drought-affected Darling River sits well below its banks at Pooncarie, a town in outback western New South Wales, Australia April 25, 2019. Picture taken Read More

Trump administration opens up Minnesota wilderness area to copper mining

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday renewed two mineral leases near the Boundary Waters Wilderness area in Minnesota, opening the popular wilderness and recreation area up to copper mining despite heavy opposition from local and national conservation groups. The department’s Bureau of Land Management granted the hardrock mineral leases inside the Superior Read More