Australian shares slip slightly on Wall Street pause; NZ little changed

Wall Street fell on Thursday after a run of strong performances from the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index.

Platinum miner Lonmin's lenders relax loan agreements again

Lonmin's lenders had granted the company a waiver of compliance with a loan agreement that required its net worth to remain at a minimum of $1.1 billion.

Output at Chile's Escondida copper mine falls 7.8 pct in 2017

The decline to 903,000 tonnes came despite the start of operations at a new wing.

Chile's Corfo, SQM strike deal in lithium dispute

The deal frees the miner to apply for increase in production quota amid demand boom and surging prices for lithium, which is used in EV batteries.

Canada creates watchdog to oversee companies' conduct abroad

The watchdog's mandate will be to help solve disputes or conflicts between communities and Canadian companies.

BHP second-quarter iron ore output up 3 pct, maintains forecast

BHP's iron ore output climbed to 72 million tonnes for the three months ended Dec. 31 versus 70 million tonnes a year ago.

Tracking Europe's waste: 'There's gold in them landfills'

Some of Europe's richest deposits of valuable materials are in the trash, ranging from gold in smartphones to cobalt in electric car batteries.

Indonesia completes contract amendments with coal miners

Indonesia has now amended contracts of all 68 coal mining companies, marking victory for the government after earlier miner resistance to adopt to new terms.

Supply disruptions could boost copper prices -Chile's Cochilco

Cochilco, Chile's state copper commission, raised its estimated 2018 avg price for the metal to $3.06 per pound from its previous forecast of $2.95.

Rio Tinto says SEC fraud case should be dismissed

The SEC had accused Rio Tinto, Albanese and Elliott of concealing the deteriorating value of assets at Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique.

GoldCorp forecasts lower costs for 2018; shares on track for nine-month high

The company's 2017 preliminary gold production of 2.6 million ounces was at the high end of its forecast range.

Brazilian miner Vale ordered to repair environmental damage

Federal prosecutors announced ruling in a statement that said electricity transmission lines and a bauxite pipeline damaged soil and silted up rivers.

Rio Tinto 2017 iron ore exports up 1 percent, maintains 2018 guidance

On Tuesday Global miner Rio Tinto reported a 1 percent rise in iron ore shipments for 2017 to 330.1 million tonnes, meeting its guidance.

Copper faces double supply disruption threat in 2018: Andy Home

What two factors threaten to disrupt the copper sector in 2018?

China's state-owned coal firms target 12.65m tonnes of capacity cuts

China's central government-owned enterprises will target coal capacity cuts of 12.65m tonnes in 2018, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

Why cobalt will struggle to free itself from the DRC: Andy Home

Return of Katanga mine increases dependence of the whole cobalt supply chain on just one highly problematic country, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Acacia Mining's Q4 output down on Tanzania export ban

The London-listed miner said production in three months to Dec fell 30 pct to 148,477 oz. compared with a year ago and 22 pct from the previous quarter.

Canada's RNC Minerals in talks to fund battery material mine

RNC Minerals in talks with commodity traders, mine operators and financiers to secure $1bn to build world's biggest nickel and cobalt project next year.

Chinese bitcoin miners eye sites in energy-rich Canada

China’s Bitmain Technologies is eyeing bitcoin mining sites in Quebec, a company spokesman told Reuters, as expectations of a potential Chinese crackdown on cryptocurrency mining make the energy-rich Canadian province an attractive alternative.

World seaborne coal trade rose 1.5 pct in 2017 – German importers

This rise happened due to a recovery in output in producer countries such as the United States, Russia and China and an accompanying rise in export activity.

Australia's Port Hedland clearing out ships as Cyclone Joyce intensifies

The terminal expects to clear all remaining vessels from its harbour as safety measure after tropical cyclone intensified off nation's western coast.

Zambia sees mining revenue rising on higher copper price

The nation expects to collect more revenue from mining companies this year compared to 2017 after copper prices rose above $7,000 per tonne.

Indonesia hopes to finalize Freeport contract talks by June

Although divestment issues are still unresolved, Indonesia hopes to finalize contract talks with Freeport McMoRan Inc over the Grasberg copper mine by June.

Botswana’s Okavango posts record diamond sales at $567 million

Company posted a 4 percent jump in sales to $567 million in 2017, the highest annual sales since its formation in 2013.

Russian competition watchdog investigates Alrosa gas assets sale

The Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service is investigating forthcoming sale of natural gas assets by producer Alrosa after a complaint from would-be buyer.