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  • *Canadian company ready to mine off Papua New Guinea. NEWCASTLE, England/ LONDON, April 18- The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea- when a wrangle over terms is solved. The world waits for the judgement of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica.

  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:28 PM ET

    BEIJING— Nearly one-fifth of China's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture, the government said, raising sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization.

  • DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superfund site Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    DeFazio, D- Ore., said the Formosa Mine, which is on federal and private land outside Riddle, illustrates what is wrong about the 1872 Mining Act: the Canadian companies that reopened the mine in the 1990 s have disappeared; the bond put up for cleanup was nowhere near enough to cover the true costs; and the federal government never got a penny in royalties.

  • CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea's government has accepted a report recommending the cancellation of two iron ore concessions held by BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian miner Vale, a spokesman said on state television on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 17- Platinum prices fell to their lowest in more than two weeks on Thursday, reversing initial gains after South Africa's biggest platinum producers offered to raise wages for miners in a bid to end a 13- week-old strike that has curbed metal output.

  • CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea will announce the cancellation on Thursday of two iron ore concessions held by BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian mining giant Vale, a senior government source said.

  • Green UK lawmaker cleared over fracking protest Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain's only Green Party lawmaker has been acquitted of charges stemming from her participation in a protest against shale gas extraction. Caroline Lucas was arrested in August after she and other demonstrators linked arms outside a fracking site near the southern English village of Balcombe.

  • CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea's government has approved a report recommending that BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian mining giant Vale, be stripped of two iron ore concessions, a Guinean government source said on Thursday.

  • CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea's government has approved a report recommending that BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian mining giant Vale, be stripped of two iron ore concessions, a Guinean government source said on Thursday.

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 06 or 1.9 percent, to $3.11. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 20 or 1.5 percent, to $13.06. Silver Wheaton fell$. 20 or. 9 percent, to $22.09.

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 09 or 1.8 percent, to $4.97. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 54 or 1.3 percent, to $41.48. Peabody Energy unchanged at $16.86.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 22 or 1.2 percent, to $18.32. Gold Fields rose$. 03 or. 7 percent, to $4.06. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 09 or. 4 percent, to $23.75.

  • Midday Glance: Coal companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 04 or. 7 percent, to $4.92. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 16 or. 4 percent, to $41.10. Peabody Energy fell$. 08 or. 5 percent, to $16.78.

  • Midday Glance: Gold companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 15 or. 8 percent, to $18.39. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 07 or. 3 percent, to $23.77.

  • Midday Glance: Silver companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 03 or 1.0 percent, to $3.14. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 14 or 1.1 percent, to $13.12. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 07 or. 7 percent, to $9.84.

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 13 or. 7 percent, to $18.41. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 05 or. 2 percent, to $23.79.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 04 or 1.3 percent, to $3.13. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 13 or 1.0 percent, to $13.13. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 11 or 1.1 percent, to $9.80.

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    Arch Coal fell$. 03 or. 6 percent, to $4.85. Consol Energy Inc. fell$. 11 or. 3 percent, to $40.83. Peabody Energy fell$. 10 or. 6 percent, to $16.76.

  • LONDON, April 16- Sharp sell-offs in copper and iron ore last month helped boost first-quarter exchange trading activity across the industrial metals. The return of volatility to the iron ore market, meanwhile, fired up trading volumes on the Singapore Exchange and the new Dalian Commodity Exchange contract.

  • LONDON, April 16- The top names in global mining, gathered in Chile last week, publicly shrugged off concerns that copper financing deals in China, that have locked up mountains of metal, could unravel.

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