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Rio Tinto: Allegations Without Foundation

Bribery allegations against four Rio Tinto employees detained in China are “wholly without foundation,” the mining company said, as Australia continued to press Beijing for details of a case that is straining ties between the two nations.

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I (enjoy) Twain’s description of a gold mine, “A hole in the ground with a liar at the top.” Some humor here? You bet, but I’m sure he meant it to be a real eye opener as well.

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West Virginia University water scientists have found that rainbow trout can survive in previously polluted waters.

Guest Editorial—Vertical Disintegration


Since the New Deal of the 1930s, government has grown increasingly proficient at squeezing—not extra profits—but individual freedoms from the very people they are empowered to protect. By first taking our money in the form of taxes, the government then offers to return some of it, but only if it is used for the purposes dictated by the government.

Foreign Investment Hits More Roadblocks


Chad, Bangladesh, Peru, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are the latest in a long list of countries that have become unfavorable toward foreign-owned mining companies.

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