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Anglo Sells Stake in Botswana’s Only Coal Mine

In its newest move toward a smaller portfolio, Anglo American division De Beers will reportedly sell its 50% interest in the Morupule operation, Botswana’s only coal mine. Newly established Minerals Development Company of Botswana (MDCB) CEO Paul Smith told Reuters recently that it will receive the stake. No financial details were released.

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Bosnian Mine Explosion Injures 15

A coal mine blast on July 2 near Travnik in central Bosnia has reportedly injured 15 workers, though officials still do not know the cause of the incident. According to Reuters, none of the workers in the explosion at the Abid Lolic operation, which employs a total of 276, sustained life-threatening injuries.

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Czech Republic Approves Subsidy for Laid-off OKD Miners

The Czech cabinet approved a subsidy for the miners to be laid off by OKD, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said, adding that 7,000 or 8,000 crowns ($293-$335) will go to them monthly for up to five years depending on their age and the number of years in OKD, according to the Czech News Agency (CTK). The proposal was submitted by Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek with the aim to soften the social impact of the winding down of coal mining by OKD. Mladek told journalists during the cabinet meeting that his proposal was criticized by Finance Minister Andrej Babis, but in the end the cabinet supported it unanimously.

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Japanese to Build 2 Coal-power Plants North of Tokyo

Japan’s environment minister, Tamayo Marukawa, endorsed two new coal-fired power projects near Tokyo, while urging the power producers that will operate the plants to ensure they put measures in place to cut emissions from the facilities.

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Solar Power Eclipses Coal-fired Power in the UK

Solar power in the U.K. produced more electricity than coal across the whole of May, according to The Guardian, the first ever month to pass the milestone, according to research by analysts at Carbon Brief.

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