The robot is ready - so when will deep sea mining start?


NEWCASTLE, England/LONDON - The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea (PNG) - when a wrangle over terms is solved.

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Ford, IBM to face renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses 17 Apr 2014

NEW YORK - Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp will again have to face a U.S. lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.

Nigerian state says most abducted schoolgirls still missing 17 Apr 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Nigeria's northeast Borno state said on Thursday only 20 of up to 129 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels were back with their parents, casting doubt on a military claim to have freed most of them.

Armed mob under guise of peaceful protest attacks U.N. in South Sudan 17 Apr 2014

UNITED NATIONS - A mob of armed civilians pretending to be peaceful protesters delivering a petition to the United Nations in South Sudan forced their way into a U.N. base sheltering some 5,000 civilians on Thursday and opened fire, the world body said.

French troops free five aid workers kidnapped in Mali 17 Apr 2014

BAMAKO/PARIS - French troops in Mali on Thursday freed five local aid workers kidnapped in February, the presidents of France and Mali said in a joint statement.

Burundi orders U.N. security adviser out after violence warning 17 Apr 2014

BUJUMBURA - Burundi ordered a security adviser at the United Nations mission in the country to leave on Thursday, escalating a row that started with a warning by the U.N. last week of a possible outbreak of political violence.