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Mothballed Ghana Gold Mine Reveals Risk of Reliance on Minerals

Two years after AngloGold Ashanti suspended production at its giant but loss-making gold mine in Obuasi, central Ghana, the boom of underground explosions has resumed. Lacking any alternative in an area devastated by the mine's closure and the loss of thousands of jobs, hundreds of people broke into the site, dug shafts by hand and grew so bold in their quest for gold they started using explosives. AngloGold officials say up to 78 illegal miners have died this year in accidents,...

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