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  • BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil, Nov 9- Mud and waste water from burst dams at a Brazilian iron ore mine cut off drinking water and raised health and environmental concerns in cities more than 300 km downstream on Monday, amid increasingly dire search efforts in a village devastated by the mudslides. One of Brazil's worst mining disasters in recent memory left 25 people...

  • BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil, Nov 6- Rescue teams searched through mud and debris on Friday for people still missing from a village devastated by the collapse of two dams at a Brazilian mine owned by the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton. Walls of water filled with mining waste cascaded downhill when the dams burst on Thursday, engulfing the village of Bento...

  • MARIANA, Brazil, Nov 6- Rescue teams searched through mud and debris on Friday for dozens of people missing after a pair of dams collapsed at a Brazilian mine owned by two of the world's biggest iron ore producers. "I heard screaming and saw the water coming fast, about 15 to 20 meters high," said survivor Antonio Santos, a construction worker who was at home in the...

  • Casualties rise after dam burst at Vale-BHP mine Friday, 6 Nov 2015 | 6:42 AM ET
    People gather at the Arena Mariana, in Mariana, after a dam broke in the locality of Bento Rodrigues.

    A burst dam at an iron ore mine owned by Vale and BHP Billiton left at least two people dead, more than 30 injured and dozens missing overnight.

  • BRASILIA, Nov 5- A dam holding back waste water from an iron ore mine in Brazil that is owned by Vale and BHP Billiton burst on Thursday, devastating a nearby town with mudslides and leaving officials in the remote region scrambling to assess casualties. The mining company Samarco, a joint venture between top iron ore miners Brazil's Vale and Australia's BHP, said...

  • BRASILIA, Nov 5- A dam holding back waste water from an iron ore mine burst on Thursday in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais and local media reported as many as 16 people may have been killed. The mining company Samarco, a joint venture between Brazil's Vale and Australia's BHP, said in a statement it had not yet determined why the dam burst or the extent of the...

  • LONDON, Nov 5- European stock markets gained while sterling sank on Thursday after the Bank of England poured cold water on the idea that the road is clear for it and the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates shortly. Bank of England chief Mark Carney, who had previously played down threats to major economies from slowing growth in China and other...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Nov 3- The dollar, euro and yen treaded water on Tuesday in Asia, as the market was quiet with Tokyo on holiday and traders awaiting direction after the latest readings on global manufacturing activity failed to show clear economic trends. In Asia, the Australian dollar was the biggest mover in an otherwise sedate session, rising after the Reserve...

  • What the future of food looks like Monday, 2 Nov 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Citrus trees sit below a barren hillside in Tulare County in California's Central Valley. In year four of the drought, many farmers are getting only a fraction of their historic surface water supplies.

    More start-ups and multinationals are investing in tech-based agricultural solutions to produce more food as the world gets more crowded and hotter.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Nov 2- South Africa's water supply could face shortages in future similar to those in its power network, where utility Eskom is struggling to keep the lights on in Africa's most advanced economy. "Water shedding will take the form of pressure reduction to manage leaks in the system and an overall loss of assurance of supply," said Anthony Turton, a...

  • TORONTO, Oct 29- Ontario electric utility Hydro One's initial public offering priced at C $20.50 per share on Thursday, raising C $1.66 billion and marking one of the biggest IPOs in Canadian history. Earlier this month, the government of Ontario outlined plans to sell up to 89.25 million Hydro One shares in an IPO that was expected to price between C $19 and C $21 a...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Oct 25- Legislation crawling its way through Congress that would end the U.S. ban on crude oil exports will succeed only if tied to renewable energy incentives, said Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a moderate Democrat working to convince others in her party to support ending the decades-old restrictions. Heitkamp, who represents oil giant North Dakota,...

  • Los Angeles may go 'toilet to tap' for its water Thursday, 22 Oct 2015 | 2:25 PM ET
    The exterior of the Metropolitan Water District building on Alameda Street in Los Angeles.

    The LA Metropolitan Water District is moving toward a program that could eventually result in human waste water being turned into drinking water.

  • CAMARIOCA, Cuba, Oct 21- Cuba plans to drill exploratory deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017 despite current low oil prices, officials from the state oil monopoly said. Experts believe billions of barrels worth of oil lie beneath the waters off Cuba's northwest coast, but a host of companies that have drilled over the years...

  • CAMARIOCA, Cuba, Oct 21- Cuba plans to drill exploratory deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017 despite current low oil prices, officials from the state oil monopoly said. Experts believe billions of barrels worth of oil lie beneath the waters off Cuba's northwest coast, but a host of companies that have drilled over the years...

  • What will stabilize growth in China? Sunday, 18 Oct 2015 | 4:30 AM ET

    Increased infrastructure investment is key to stabilizing China's economic growth, a top state advisor said on Sunday.

  • BEIJING, Oct 18- Increased infrastructure investment is key to stabilising China's economic growth, a top state advisor said on Sunday, while calling on the central bank to lower the cost of financing for companies and increase overall credit. China needs to speed up its 172 hydropower projects, develop 800 million mu of high-standard agricultural land and...

  • *OPEC invites some non- OPEC members for Oct 21 meeting. SEOUL, Oct 14- Crude oil futures traded largely unchanged on Wednesday after falling by just over one percent in the previous session on an International Energy Agency report that said the market would remain oversupplied for at least another year. Front-month Brent for November delivery rose 10 cents or...

  • *Glencore's Chile assets comprise copper, hydropower. MELBOURNE, Oct 12- Mining and trading giant Glencore Plc said on Monday it would announce the proposed sale of some assets in Australia and Chile, as it sought a trading halt for its Hong Kong- listed shares, in the latest move to slash its debt pile. Asset sales are part of a broad plan Glencore outlined last month...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 8- Major Chinese construction projects worth about 286.9 billion yuan are facing delays due to reasons such as slow fund distribution by local governments, the country's top auditor said on Thursday. Its comments are likely to fan concerns over the effectiveness of China's renewed effort to pump cash into infrastructure to shore up its slowing...