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Colombian gold mining gangs pollute rivers, cut down forests

By Anastasia Moloney | Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:47 PM
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BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rebel forces and criminal gangs in Colombia are cutting down rainforests and polluting rivers with toxic chemicals used to extract gold in illegal but lucrative mining operations, police authorities say.

Record gold prices and a government crackdown on cocaine trafficking have prompted the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and new criminal gangs ...

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