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Tiny figures walk through giant copper mine

Marko Djurica / Reuters

Two miners walk through a open copper pit in the Serbian town of Bor on June 8, 2013. In Serbia, foreign companies are picking up a long tradition of prospecting for gold and copper and discovering deposits that could mark a revival of the country's mining sector, Reuters reports.

Pressured by cautious investors, international mining companies are putting riskier exploration projects in places like Africa on ice and turning to developments where infrastructure and political risk are lower. 

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