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Barrick boosts ties with China, names Woo Lee as regional leader

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 30, 2014
Barrick boosts ties with China, names Woo Lee as regional leader

Woo served as a U.S. State Department representative in Asia for about 15 years with postings in countries including China, Japan and Australia.

Space miner loses first satellite in rocket explosion

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 29, 2014
Space miner loses first satellite on rocket explosion

The affected company is Planetary Resources, the U.S.-based start-up aiming to mine asteroids.

Former Anglo’s senior exec. said to have taken $3.5 million from firm

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 28, 2014
Former Anglo’s senior exec. said to have taken $3.5 million from firm

Instead of paying for mine equipment and services, the former project director sent the money to private bank accounts in Barbados and London.

CHARTS: This is how much gold miners really put into their host countries

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 27, 2014
This is how much gold miners really put in their host countries

Members of the World Gold Council spent last year a total of $47 billion in countries hosting their mining operations.

Anglo American ships first iron ore from Brazilian Minas-Rio project

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 27, 2014
Anglo American ships first iron ore from Brazilian Minas-Rio project

Once again Cutifani delivers — freight from Minas-Rio leaves for China by year-end and within the latest estimated budget.

BHP to sell US shale assets, limit annual capex to $14 billion

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 27, 2014
BHP to sell US shale assets, limit annual capex to $14 billion

The world’s biggest miner unveiled details about how it expects to meet cost-reduction and productivity improvement targets.

Iron ore and rare earth metals mining: an industry under siege?

The Guardian | October 24, 2014

Resource scarcity and human rights issues surrounding metals extraction, coupled with unrelenting global demand mean the industry is facing some tough realities.

A$20 Million Partnership A Win for Western Australian Kids

BHP Billiton | October 24, 2014
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In the largest donation in Telethon history, BHP Billiton has committed $20 million over the next five years to the Telethon Kids Institute to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Western Australia.

Boart Longyear gets $352m financial bail out

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 23, 2014
Boart Longyear gets $352m financial bail out

Saved by the bell.

Rio’s Walsh gets big backing from shareholders, to stay longer as CEO

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 23, 2014
Rio’s Walsh gets big backing from shareholders, to stay longer as CEO

The move is seen by analysts as an attempt to strengthen the firm’s image.

China to scrap tariffs on Australian coal

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 22, 2014
China to scrap tariffs on Australian coal

The controversial duties, imposed earlier this month, will be eliminated once ongoing negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two nations is finalized.

Newcrest on target to produce 2.5 million ounces of gold

Australian Mining | October 22, 2014

Newcrest has slashed operating costs at its Cadia Valley operations as commercial production commenced at its newly built panel cave two.

Horse breeders win coal mine expansion fight against Anglo American

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 22, 2014
Horse breeders win coal mine expansion fight against Anglo

Planners ruled Anglo’s 100 million-tonne project was a threat to the Hunter Valley's thoroughbred and tourism industries.

BHP shoots the lights out

Frik Els | October 21, 2014
BHP shoots the lights out

Petroleum, met coal, iron ore production set new quarterly records. Fall in copper volumes not enough to dent 9% overall output growth.

Citibank acquires Deutsche commodities trading book

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 21, 2014
Citibank acquires Deutsche commodities trading book

Tough regulations and worries about reputation have made trading commodities a source of worries for bank bosses.

IMAGE GALLERY: Gorgeous satellite photos of mining and shipping

Michael Allan McCrae | October 20, 2014
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Warning, the extension looks great but it is not conducive to productivity.

Polish coal miner slashes production forecast amid restructuring

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 20, 2014
Polish coal miner slashes production forecast amid restructuring

Announcement comes as Polish authorities work on a plan to group its loss-making mines into a “bad” or a “good” unit.

Peabody swings to loss as coal prices plunge

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 20, 2014
Peabody swings to loss as coal prices plunge

While coal sales have shown some signs of a rebound, low natural-gas prices continue to pressure the fossil fuel demand and pricing.

Cliffs the newest victim of iron ore price slump: to take $6bn charge

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2014
Cliffs the newest victim of iron ore price slump: to take $6bn charge

The miner said the move was driven by its revised pricing outlook and adverse market conditions.

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New projects need $90-$100 iron ore – UBS

Frik Els | October 16, 2014
Iron ore rally turning into dead cat bounce

Big three successfully defending their oligopoly says new report.

Iron ore price crushed again

Frik Els | October 16, 2014
Iron ore price crushed again

Those calling a market bottom after Monday's surge and Chinese import gains may have been premature.

BHP bows to pressure, to list spinoff in London

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 16, 2014
BHP bows to pressure, to list spinoff in London

The mining giant has made a sharp U-turn on its initial decision to snub a London listing for its $17 billion spinoff.

China's inland mills could be in market for 300mt seaborne iron ore

Frik Els | October 15, 2014
China's inland mills could be in market for 300mt seaborne iron ore

New research shows inland Chinese steel mills pay a 35% premium over seaborne benchmark with 210mt of steel capacity potentially looking for alternatives.

Prestigious book prize saves author from mining

Frik Els | October 15, 2014
Prestigious book prize saves author from mining

Australian winner of Booker Prize said the $80,000 award means he doesn't have to become a mine worker anymore.

Mick Davis has now almost $5 billion to build new mining empire

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 15, 2014
Mick Davis has now almost $5 billion to build new mining empire

The former Xstrata boss' new venture, X2 Resources, is "currently reviewing a number of opportunities in the metals and mining sector."

Australia, Brazil to control 90% of global iron ore trade by 2020

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 15, 2014
Australia, Brazil to control 90% of global iron ore trade by 2020

Despite iron ore prices touching rock bottom, the top three producers have no plans to slowdown production. Quite the contrary.

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