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Soviet collapse echoes in China’s Belt and Road

Like the Soviet Union in the 1970s, China is coming to the end of a long labor-force boom and hoping that an orgy of investment will keep the old magic going while stabilizing its fraying frontiers.

Death, diamonds and Russia’s Africa Project: Leonid Bershidsky

The killing of three reporters in the Central African Republic pulls a private, pro-Kremlin military company out of the shadows.

Arch Coal is the incredible shrinking miner

Despite President Donald Trump’s repeated assertions of its bright future, coal mining is a dying industry and the secret to a long life in this twilight era is accepting mortality.

Why Russia and Turkey are such gold bugs

Russia has cut its holdings of U.S. foreign debt by more than half. Instead, it’s been increasing its gold shares in its international reserves.

Glencore's great game is avoiding US sanctions: Chris Bryant

Glencore says its subsidiaries will pay Gertler what he’s owed, only the funds will be transferred in euros and U.S. citizens won’t be involved.

Coal's 20-year reign masks a brewing revolution

BP’s latest Statistical Review of World Energy, released Wednesday, contains a chart that could leave environmentalists feeling somewhat flat.

Freeport’s Grasberg jujitsu move will pay off

There’s a well-thumbed playbook for how deals involving gold mines in the remote jungles of Indonesia are meant to turn out.

This iron mountain looks more like a molehill: David Fickling

Ore imports aren’t just going up because China’s producing more steel: They’re rising because it’s producing less iron ore as well.

It's time to regulate the lithium cartel

There is an emerging oligopoly in one of the hottest elements on the periodic table, lithium.

A billionaire makes a classic investing error: Barry Ritholtz

The billionaire in question, who is buying gold directly and investing in gold miners, is No. 338 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Grasberg hardball scores an own goal for Indonesia: Gadfly

The most drawn-out deal in the global mining industry looks set for another round.

Coal mogul's novel plan to save coal is to buy it: Gadfly

Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp., has a novel idea to save U.S. coal: buy the stuff himself.

This Rio sale may be more than Australia can swallow: Gadfly

Rio Tinto has hired UBS AG to explore a possible initial public offering on the Australian Securities Exchange after planned trade sales came up short.

Taxes aren't the real problem with mining in Congo: Gadfly

There's a strange thing about the fear going through the global mining industry after theCongo signed an order to lift royalties last week: Compared with most other countries, these levies are still relatively low.

Coal's resilience today will prove its ultimate downfall: Gadfly

For all the doom and gloom about the future of coal, the past two years have been a boom time for coal prices that's exceeded by their 2010 to 2012 peak.

Glencore is the tempting devil sat on mining's shoulder: Gadfly

Uniquely among its peers, Glencore derives a substantial slice of its earnings from trading commodities, rather than producing them.

Copper's art of the deal

The seeds of Tuesday's 4.6 percent copper slump -- the sharpest in almost three years -- were planted in a scarcely noted non-event earlier this month.

Rio Tinto's M&A madness

Some companies are good at takeovers. Rio Tinto Group isn't one of them.