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In India’s bazaars, old gold is the new black

With prices sky high, Indians are selling off old jewelry—and it’s taking the shine off gold imports.

Foreign miners pull up stakes in Indonesia

Newmont Mining’s exit after more than 30 years illustrates mining companies’ growing difficulties there.

Gold rises ahead of Fed meeting’s end

The precious metal was up Wednesday as investors assessed the probability that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates as early as June.

A Belarus wildcard is shaking up the global market for potash

In the massive Soligorsk mine, workers 2,000 feet below ground are drilling at seams of pinkish rock and rattling a $20 billion commodity market.

Gold slips on stronger dollar, weaker U.S. import prices

U.S. dollar has been strengthening on growing expectation of a Federal Reserve rate rise.

More holidays, less coal: Chinese media’s five-year plan wish lists

Top Communist Party officials are gathering in Beijing this week to chart China’s economic development for the latter half of this decade – and already, the country’s state-run media are setting expectations.

Suppliers feel pain as coal miners struggle

Thousands of firms scramble for new customers in the US: ‘it’s been catastrophic’

South Africa’s platinum miners start over

Companies turn to shallow, highly mechanized new mines to keep costs low.

Gold miners’ stocks just aren’t that special

Beware gold bugs bearing cheap equities… Thanks to gold’s swift descent, mining stocks have been crushed in the past month. But bargain hunters should tread carefully.

Mining giants’ push for iron ore tests mettle of smaller miners

As industry giants such as Rio Tinto PLC and BHP Billiton Ltd. dig up ever more of the steelmaking ingredient for export, the resulting supply glut has caused prices to slump.

Indians buy gold as Chinese shift to stocks

The rapid run-up in Chinese shares this year is dimming the allure of another popular investment: gold. Luckily for fans of the metal, demand is looking healthy in India, the other big retail market in Asia.

South Africa’s gold miners begin wage talks

Unions are demanding as much as double workers’ current wages.

Glencore under fire on Colombia coal mines

The commodity and mining firm is battling activists who allege its Colombian coal mines have whisked profits out of the country, while causing environmental and labor issues.

Mining for canaries in China

Mining for profits in the coal business usually involves mining actual coal. Hong Kong-listed Yanzhou Coal Mining found another source.

Gold slips as Greek worries ease

Gold prices slipped Monday, after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi reaffirmed that debt-laden Greece won’t be forced out of the eurozone.

Newcrest outlines plans for US$2.3 billion PNG gold mine

Newcrest Mining Ltd. (NCM.AU) and Harmony Gold Mining Co. Ltd. (HAR.JO) will carry out a feasibility study for a possible new gold mine in Papua New Guinea that they forecast will cost US$2.3 billion to begin building, and which they say could start producing metal by the end of the decade.

In China coal hub, city struggles to survive amid economic slowdown

Workers go unpaid, factories collect dust in one of China’s slowest-growing cities.

Hedge funds bet on coal-mining failures

The coal industry is in a prolonged slump with a long list of causes topped by sluggish demand and competition from cheap natural gas, which have pushed prices to historic lows.

Giant diamonds lure investor cash to Botswana

In a quiet room behind several sets of bulletproof doors, N.B. Parag turned a 141-carat rough diamond in his hands.

Canada's oil sands group commits to environmental impact reduction

The head of a group of Canadian oil sands producers, including some of the world’s biggest energy companies, said Monday that the consortium has committed to reducing the use of fresh water at some operations.

The Swiss gold vote: should investors worry?

Should the Swiss National Bank SNBN.EB -0.37% buy gold? Lots and lots of gold? The country’s electorate goes to the polls on Nov. 30 to decide.

Swiss Gold Motion Would Limit Policy Options, Says SNB Vice President

A proposal that the Swiss National Bank should hold a fifth of its assets in gold and be prohibited from selling the precious metal in the future would severely restrict its ability to conduct monetary policy, the WSJ reports.

Gold, silver prices rise as dollar retreats

Precious-metals prices rose Monday as the U.S. dollar gave way to other currencies, bolstering the allure of dollar-priced commodities to foreign buyers.

U.S. suspected Israeli involvement in 1960s missing uranium

Officials believed ally used materials lifted from Pennsylvania toward a weapons program

Millions of tons of metals stashed in shadow warehouses

The world's metal is slipping into the shadows.