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A worker uses his walkie-talkie as he walks past a coal pile at a mining site in Berau, in Indonesia's East Kalimantan province, in this August 12, 2010 file photo. The slowdown in China's economic growth is cutting deeper into Indonesia's coal sector, forcing producers to reduce output and slash costs, and testing the resilience of a commodity boom in Southeast Asia's largest economy. The Indonesian Coal Mining Association cut its 2012 production forecast to between 340 million and 350 million tonnes, the second revision this year and 10 percent to 13 percent below its original forecast of 390 million tonnes.Credit: REUTERS

10 Sep 2012

Governor of top Indonesia coal region calls for output cap

Governor Ishak Faroek said East Kalimantan, which produces two-thirds of Indonesia’s coal, would benefit if output was limited to 150 million tonnes, around 30 percent below this year’s expected production.

A pressure gauge is seen at a Ukrainian gas compressor station in the village of Boyarka near the capital Kiev

10 Sep 2012

Fracking for natural gas: a regulatory explosion

As worldwide natural gas production using fracking expands, governments are acting to control both the perceived negative health and environmental consequences as well as maximize the potential economic gains.

Striking platinum mineworkers gather for a report back on negotiations at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa's North West Province, August 29, 2012. Feuding South African unions, Lonmin and government officials tried on Wednesday to broker a peace accord at the mine where 44 people were killed in the worst such violence since the end of apartheid. They also want to use the meeting to start wage talks over the dispute that has paralysed production at Lonmin's Marikana mine and raised worries of unrest spreading through the country's platinum sector, further shaking the economy.Credit: REUTERS

4 Sep 2012

South Africa police fire teargas as mine unrest spreads

South Africa is home to 80 percent of known platinum reserves and the price of the precious metal, used in jewellery and car catalytic converters, has risen more than 10 percent since the violence erupted.

Police escort blindfolded Muslim cleric Khalid Jadoon as he is brought before a judge at a court in Islamabad September 2, 2012. Pakistani authorities have arrested Jadoon on suspicion of framing Christian girl Rimsha Masih who was arrested under the country's controversial anti-blasphemy law, a police official said on Sunday.Credit: REUTERS

3 Sep 2012

Imam arrested in Pakistan blasphemy case, stirring tensions

Under Muslim Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law, the mere allegation of causing offence to Islam can mean death. Those accused are sometimes killed by members of the public even if they are found innocent by the courts.

An oil well operates in Chauk, home to one of the longest producing oil fields in the world, April 1, 2012. Despite the rich natural resources in the area, villages near Chauk do not receive public electricity but must depend on limited funds to keep the lights on at night. Picture taken April 1, 2012. To match Insight MYANMAR-ENERGY.Credit: Reuters

31 Aug 2012

Steeped in poverty, Myanmar targets natural resources

Only two countries had public sectors more corrupt than Myanmar’s in 2011, according to Transparency International: economic basket case North Korea and war-torn Somalia.

Scales of Justice are seen in Brittany's Parliament in Rennes. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

31 Aug 2012

Australian detention centres risk violating human rights

Australia’s recent decision to move asylum seekers to offshore detention facilities has alarmed human rights organisations.

Muslim women attend a mass prayer session, "Tarawih", which marks the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Al Markaz Al Islami mosque in Makassar, South Sulawesi in this July 31, 2011 file photo. A Thomson Reuters Foundation survey, polling 370 gender specialists, found Canada to be the best place to be a woman amongst G20 nations, excluding the European Union economic grouping. Saudi Arabia was the second worst, after India.Credit: REUTERS

8 Aug 2012

Conference to put the rule of law behind women’s rights

Trust Women Conference: Putting the rule of law behind women’s rights

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