She says the government is working hard to get armed ethnic groups that did not sign a cease-fire agreement with the previous administration to agree to peace.
Sandy Phan-Gillis made her confession under extreme duress, her husband and lawyer say.
The companies that run the mines must complete environmental impact studies before the government renews their licenses.
Ban Ki-moon hails the appointment of former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan as chairman of the body.
Rights groups call on Beijing to end the 'abusive' practice of enforced disappearance targeting rights activists and lawyers.
Satellite images show enlarged re-education camp No. 12, probably to take in women repatriated from China.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy discusses the upcoming elections in Cambodia and his desire to return for them.
Both men were prompted to return after being held in a Bangkok immigration detention center, fellow activists say.