Vedanta to shut Namibian zinc refinery for five weeks

Miners downed tools from Feb. 22 to March 6, affecting waste-stripping at the mine and mining of ore.

Advantage Lithium replaces CEO in wake of college admissions scandal

Advantage Lithium has temporarily replaced CEO David Sidoo after he was arrested last week by U.S. authorities.

Greece's Public Power relaunches coal-fired power plants sale

PPC wants to conclude the sale by May and has been in touch with investors from the United States, Russia and China.

China becomes world's biggest importer of rare earths – analysts

For least seven key rare earths - including praseodymium, used in magnets, and yttrium, used in ceramics - China was a net importer in 2018 for the first time in more than 30 years.

New controversy engulfs London Metal Exchange's warehouses

Glencore has lodged a complaint with the LME for an ongoing dispute with the warehouse operator at Port Klang, Malaysia.

Abramovich trims Nornickel stake in $551m share sale

The shares, accounting for a 1.7% stake in the world's largest palladium producer, were bought predominantly by British-based investors, with Russian investors also buying a third of the shares.

Six foreign-controlled miners to start divestments in 'near future' – Indonesia

Foreign-controlled miners are required to gradually start reducing ownership after five years of production.

Brazil government kickstarts efforts to mine indigenous reserves: official

Brazil's government wants Congress to reconsider a decades-old proposal to allow mining in indigenous reserves, which occupy 13% of the country's territory.

Pakistan military eyes key role developing giant copper and gold mine

Developing of one of the world's biggest untapped copper and gold deposits is currently stalled by a multi-billion dollar legal wrangle with foreign mining firms.

Russia's Polyus gets extra 5% stake in Sukhoi Log gold deposit

The deal raises Polyus' stake in Sukhoi Log, one of the largest untapped gold deposits in the world, to 63.4%.

Workers put brakes on wrong train in BHP iron ore train derailment-regulator

The train had to be deliberately derailed after it reached speeds of 162 km/hour (101 mph), destroying two locomotives, 245 ore cars and 2 km (1.2 miles) of track.

Mixed signals for China steel and iron ore point to prices drifting lower

More certainty is needed on the demand outlook before prices can lock in a definitive direction.

MMG says output at Peru copper mine could fall soon due to road blockade

Production at Las Bambas has not yet been affected by the protest but could be if it continues or intensifies.

'Zombie' enterprises hampering China's economic transformation – Chinalco

For years, such enterprises have survived on bank loans and local government backing, robbing more deserving companies of financial resources that could have otherwise contributed to local growth.

LME launches seven new contracts to try to boost volumes, profit

The steel and alumina contracts have the best chance of succeeding, according to analysts, traders and other industry sources.

Indonesia's Antam 2018 profit surges on robust nickel sales

Indonesian state miner PT Aneka Tambang (Antam) targets to start operation of its ferronickel smelter in East Halmahera in the second half of this year.

Russia's Polymetal says its ore, gold reserves rose in 2018

Polymetal increased its ore reserves by 15 percent last year to 24 million ounces of gold equivalent.

China iron ore futures hit lowest in March so far on steel curbs

The drop in futures mirrored weakness that has prevailed in the physical market since last week, as steel mills reduced output to comply with anti-smog measures.

Japan's Sojitz to sell stake in Indonesia's thermal coal mine

The deal reflects the company's effort to rebalance its coal assets, shifting away from thermal coal investment and focusing more on coking coal.

Rwanda aims to sell stake in cement firm Cimerwa this month

A construction boom in Rwanda has driven up demand for cement as the government builds roads, power plants and a new international airport.

Glencore signs annual zinc treatment charges deal with Canada's Noranda

The market terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Brazil's Vale removes executives after request by dam burst prosecutors

Vale did not identify the executives or say what relation they had with the operation in Brumadinho, where the Jan. 25 disaster occurred.

Indian gold flips to premium as appetite improves in most hubs

Physical gold demand picked up pace in major Asian hubs this week, with bullion being sold at a premium for the first time in more than three months in India.

Indonesia issues copper concentrate export recommendation for Freeport, Amman Mineral

Freeport was given an allowance of 198,282 wet tonnes of copper concentrate, while Amman was given 336,100 wet tonnes.

Rio Tinto talking to Apple on next step of carbon-free aluminium project

The miner, which has pledged substantial decarbonization by 2050, is reshaping its aluminium division longer term to focus on supply chain transparency and lowering emissions.