China/Vietnam: Vietnam and China Agree to Avoid Conflicts in South China Sea

13 November 2017 | Agence France-Presse

Vietnam and China agreed Monday to avoid conflicts in the hotly contested South China Sea, as a new pathway to dialogue on easing tensions was opened with other Southeast Asian nations. The communist...

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Afghanistan: 151 Water Reservoir Projects to Be Implemented

12 November 2017 | Afghanistan Times

The ministry of rural rehabilitation and development on Sunday signed agreements for implementation of 151 water reservoir and water networks projects in different provinces. According to a statement,...

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Iraq/Kurdistan: Iraq's Kurdistan Oil Payments at Risk over Independence Tensions

10 November 2017 | Angelina Rascouet, Bloomberg

Iraq’s Kurdish region handed over almost $80 million to foreign oil producers over the past two days, but future payments may be at risk. Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd., Genel Energy Plc, DNO ASA and...

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Afghanistan: Ministry Shares List of over 1,000 Mining Contracts

10 November 2017 | Mir Haidarshah Omid, TOLOnews

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has shared a list of 1,050 contracts of small mining projects on its website, saying that it is the beginning of its efforts to bring reforms and make public aware...

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Colombia: Colombia Gold and Copper Symposium Draws the Crowds

10 November 2017 | Mining Journal

The Colombia Gold and Copper Symposium (CGCS) is rapidly establishing itself as one of the must-attend events for the mining and exploration sectors in Latin America, with an increasing number of comp...

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5 Programs Helping Soldiers become Farmers

10 November 2017 | Chris Hardman, Civil Eats

Around the country, programs such as the Farmer Veteran Coalition, Archi’s Acres, and Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots are helping former soldiers transition to careers in agriculture. Training veterans...

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Veterans Find New Career in Farming

9 November 2017 | Tim Hearden, Capital Press

After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of American veterans have moved from the battlefield to the farm field with the help of organizations to enter careers in agriculture.

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Iraq/Kurdistan: Kurds: Iraq Court's Anti-Secession Ruling 'Revengeful'

9 November 2017 | Farah Najjar, Al Jazeera

An Iraqi court's decision ruling against secession following a Kurdish bid for independence was "highly politicised" and part of a wider set of "vengeful" policies imposed by Baghdad, officials in Ira...

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Iraq/Kurdistan: Iraq's Kurdistan Makes $100 Million Monthly Payment to Oil Producers Despite Crisis

9 November 2017 | Dmitry Zhdannikov, Reuters

Iraq’s Kurdistan has made its full monthly payment of around $100 million to oil producers working on its territory, despite a big drop in oil exports amid a political crisis roiling the semi-autono...

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Conflict Minerals: Study Reveals 'Massive Weaknesses' in Conflict Minerals Policies

9 November 2017 | Tammy Lovell, Chemical Watch

Independent research has found that 95% of company conflict mineral policies are not aligned with the OECD's Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains.  A recent study by London-ba...

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