Angola to hold first diamond auction

Angola has vowed to increase diamond production and per carat value, aiming to become a top 3 producer by 2021.

'Huge' fire at Russian steelmaker MMK; quickly put out

The plant's conveyor belt caught fire Sunday morning.

Chilean miner Antofagasta studying $3 bln expansion at Centinela mine -paper

Antofagasta's copper production rose 3 percent to 725,300 tonnes last year, allowing the company to weigh potential expansion projects.

Workers at Prodeco's Colombia coal port vote down proposed strike

Only eight out of 115 workers voted in favor of a strike, much less than the overall worker majority required for a legal strike.

Alibaba to continue to invest aggressively – exec

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will continue to invest aggressively despite an uncertain business environment.

China's lithium hydroxide exports to rise this year – Pilbara CEO

Chinese producers such as Ganfeng and General Lithium have new plants that have been commissioning since Q3'18 and are starting to hit their stride.

Asia Gold-India buyers cash in on dips; Lunar New Year boosts China demand

January is a typically strong month as demand tends to gather pace going into the Lunar New Year.

India's 2018 thermal coal imports grew at fastest pace in 4 yrs – sources

Analysts say they expect India to be a key market for global miners in 2019 as China's "war on pollution" will lead to lower demand from that country.

Colombia extends Drummond contract on coal mine for 20 years

The contract will generate at least $586 million in royalties, income and social project investment during its lifetime.

Freeport profit misses expectations as copper prices drop

Freeport posted fourth-quarter net income of $140 million, or 9 cents per share, compared to $1.04 billion, or 70 cents per share.

Chile strikes deal with lithium miner Albemarle in contract dispute

The dispute centered around a contract term that requires Albemarle to provide as much as 25 percent of its annual production of lithium at a discount.

Small group of Prodeco's Colombia coal port workers to vote on strike

It is improbable that a strike would have an impact on total exports.

Indonesia releases new rules on export revenue repatriation

"It feels like the penalties are not balanced" - Hendra Sinadia, Indonesian Coal Mining Association.

South Africa's RBCT says 2018 coal exports fall

"The markets are a reality, they are outside RBCT's control" - Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane, RBCT chairwoman.

Australia's ANZ bank closes Singapore gold vault

"ANZ has suspended its physical precious metals custody service as it does not align to our business strategy at this time"

US copper projects gain steam thanks to electric vehicle trend

Industry analysts recommend investors buy shares of companies building new U.S. copper mines, a marked change from just 12 months ago when most recommendations were to hold.

Toyota, Panasonic setting up EV battery JV amid rising China competition: source

The joint venture, to be owned 51 percent by Toyota and the rest by Panasonic, could also provide batteries to Toyota’s EV technology partners Mazda Corp (7261.T) and Subaru Corp (7270.T).

Germany to fund research facility for EV battery technology

The German car industry shouldn’t depend on Asian suppliers.

Australia's Galaxy Resources raises estimate for Mt Cattlin Project

Galaxy said the reserves for the project are now estimated to be 42% higher than its last estimate.

Potential Berkshire US lithium project faces uphill road

Berkshire's geothermal business operates in California's Salton Sea using lithium-rich brine.

Mercedes-Benz will produce electric batteries in Poland – PM

The new investment would create 300 jobs and that investments would total over 200 million euros.

South Africa's economy to grow to 1.3 percent in 2019 -World Bank

The World Bank sees South Africa's gross domestic product growing by 1.3 percent this year, an improvement from a forecast of 0.9 percent for 2018.

S.Africa's AMCU issues further strike threat to Sibanye

Sibanye said it had received AMCU's demands and that they were being considered by management.

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

"It is like when you look in your closet on a morning and you only look for pants"

Jervois Mining offers C$16.6m in shares for Uganda cobalt projects

Jervois, which has applied for a prospecting licence in Tanzania, says the deal would complement its efforts to establish a presence in east Africa.