Miners push the last coal loaded mining carriage at the end of their last shift at the coal mine in the Romanian city of Petrila. Petrila opened in 1859 and is the oldest coal mine in Romania and deepest mine in Europe.
Protesters chant slogans during a protest to show their support to fellow miners who filed a lawsuit against mining companies in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday. The High Court in Johannesburg will begin hearing a lawsuit filed by 56 former mine workers who say they suffered silicosis
Miners arrive to help with the rescue effort in Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk on Wednesday. A blast at the coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed more than 30 people
Miners return from their shift at the Kalinina coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Monday
Bosnian rescue miners return from a mission underground at the coal mine Raspotocje in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday. Rescuers are attempting to reach at least five miners still trapped in the Bosnian coal mine after a tunnel partially collapsed
A child leans against a window as he looks at Ukrainian miners marching in support of the Donetsk People’s Republic in Lenin square, Donetsk, Ukraine
Turkish miners listen to the mining company’s owner, Alp Gurkan, during a news conference in Soma, Turkey. The Turkish mining company defended its safety record Friday, four days after over 250 people died in an underground blaze at its coal mine in western Turkey
Baskets full of clothes belonging to trapped miners hang in the empty changing rooms in Soma, southwest Turkey. An explosion and fire in the coal mine killed at least 282 miners and trapped hundreds more.
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Striking miners march in Marikana, 40 kms from Rustenburg, in the South African platinum belt on Wednesday
Tens of thousands of workers at the world’s three top platinum producers downed tools on Thursday in South Africa in a pay strike that could have a devastating impact on Africa’s largest economy. Here, protesters gather near Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana.
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Sulphur miners carrying a goat take part in an annual ritual on the Ijen volcano in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The goat is slaughtered and the head buried in the volcano’s crater. The offering is made to ward off potential disasters for the next year.
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Co-workers and relatives of 34 miners shot dead by South African police during a violent wage strike gather on Friday in Marikana to mark the first anniversary of the deaths. Police opened fire on thousands of strikers at platinum producer Lonmin’s mine, northwest of Johannesburg.