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Scepticism grows over North Korea’s massive rare earth discovery

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 27, 2015
Scepticism grows over North Korea’s massive rare earth discovery

Experts are raising questions about the legitimacy of North Korea's estimated reserves of rare earths, used from computers to cars and defense missiles.

Iron ore price output caps called 'hare brained'

Frik Els | March 26, 2015
Iron ore price output caps called 'hare brained'

Rio's Sam Walsh says any scheme to artificially prop up prices hovering at six-year lows is "physically not going to work."

$60 billion for mining private equity a myth

Frik Els | March 26, 2015
$60 billion for mining private equity a myth

Looking for an exit or a lifeline? Look further says $8 billion fund manager.

Glencore shutting down its West Wallsend coal mine in Australia

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 26, 2015
Glencore shutting down its West Wallsend coal mine in Australia

The firm said poor coal prices meant it would not make sense to extend the life of the mine.

Australia's regulator goes after Fortescue for demanding iron ore output cap

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 25, 2015
Australia's regulator goes after Fortescue for demanding iron ore output cap

The competition watchdog did not welcome chairman Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest call for rivals Rio, BHP and Vale to agree to cap production.

M. Stanley slashes metals outlook on 'dormant' China

Frik Els | March 24, 2015
M. Stanley slashes metals outlook on 'dormant' China

Investment bank cuts 2015 nickel price forecast by 19%, while copper price estimate is slashed as market moves into oversupply.

Rio Tinto, Alcoa step aside for Australia’s largest national park

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 24, 2015
Rio Tinto, Alcoa step aside for Australia’s largest national park

They'll hand back more than 175,000 hectares of prime conservation land they have held since 1971 to West Australia, ditching plans to build a bauxite mine and an alumina refinery in the area.

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Belaruskali deal with China dents other players’ chances

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 24, 2015
Belaruskali deal with China dents other players’ chances

The move may be the first of many more competitive deals by producers in the potash market, which has historically operated with large joint ventures controlling prices.

Zijin Mining buys 10% of Canada's Ivanhoe Mines

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 23, 2015
Zijin Mining buys 10% of Canada's Ivanhoe Mines

Zijn's main interest in Ivanhoe seems to be the Kamoa copper project.

China claims coal mine deaths down to record low

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 20, 2015
China claims coal mine deaths down to record low

Coal mine fatalities in China dropped almost 87% to 931 last year from more than 7,000 casualties registered in the sector in 2002, according to official figures recently disclosed.

The new order emerges

GoldMoney | March 20, 2015

China and Russia have taken the lead in establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), seen as a rival organisation to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, which are dominated by the United States with Europe and Japan.

Gold price to double by 2030 thanks to Asia: report

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 18, 2015
Gold price to double by 2030 thanks to Asia: report

ANZ predicts that as incomes rise across Asia, particularly in China and India, so will the appetite for gold rings and necklaces.

Gold market waves near century-old price fix good-bye

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 18, 2015
Gold market waves near century-old price fix good-bye

Thursday will be the last time traders at four banks agree by phone twice-daily prices for bullion.

Iron ore mining in Goa may resume in two months

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 18, 2015
Iron ore mining in Goa may resume in two months

The move comes amid an ongoing collapse in commodity prices.

Chinese 'golden ticket' millions eye Australian mining assets

Sydney Morning Herald | March 18, 2015

Chinese "golden ticket" visa money is looking for a home in Australian mining assets, with local private firms sounding out advisers on copper and gold assets to on-sell to visa hopefuls, often at a hefty premium.

Miners woo communities with soccer fields, bull rings and guinea pigs to unlock US$25 billion in stalled projects

Bloomberg | March 18, 2015
happy-miner

From South America to Africa, mining companies are throwing all that and more at communities to quiet growing opposition to controversial projects.

How top gold producers margins are being squeezed

Vladimir Basov | March 17, 2015
How top gold producers margins are being squeezed

In 2014, nine out of top 10 gold producers achieved significant reductions in all-in sustaining production costs, but average cash margin fell victim to bearish gold price.

Coal, iron ore prices unlikely to rise until at least 2016

ABC News | March 17, 2015

Westpac’s chief economist says with demand out of China unclear coming into the New Year, and high volumes of iron ore being exported to the country, price volatility will continue.

Potash producers rejoice — China likely to pay more for it this year

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 17, 2015
Potash producers rejoice — China likely to pay more for it this year

According to analysts from Credit Suisse, Chinese importers will settle at $320 a tonne, versus $305 a tonne they paid last year.

China builds nuclear reactors in earthquake-prone Pakistan, in defiance of international ban

MINING.com Editor | March 15, 2015

Pressing ahead.

CHART: Beijing has finally turned around rare earth prices

Frik Els | March 12, 2015
CHART: Beijing has finally turned around rare earth prices

Beijing has a new strategy to tighten its grip on the rare earth supply chain. And it's working.

Dire Chinese steel outlook drops iron ore price to 7-year low

Frik Els | March 11, 2015
Dire Chinese steel outlook drops iron ore price to new low

Down 1.4% Wednesday to lowest since 2007 on Chinese forecast of peak steel production and contraction.

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Everyone is guessing when it comes to oil prices

Oilprice.com | March 11, 2015
Oil sands emissions might be higher than reported

Predicting and diagnosing the trajectory of oil prices has become something of a cottage industry in the past year.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you need to know about copper porphyries

Visual Capitalist | March 11, 2015
copper supply

This infographic covers everything you should know about copper porphyries, a deposit type responsible for about 60% of copper, 95% of molybdenum, and 20% of gold produced today.

When junior markets turn most negative in 35 years, guess where financier Carlo Civelli puts his money?

The Mining Report | March 10, 2015

In this interview with The Mining Report, he shares his secret for finding companies that can create value despite challenging market conditions, and he reveals where he is putting his money today.

Rio Tinto launches new diamond fashion jewellery designs for Chinese market

Rio Tinto | March 10, 2015

Rio Tinto has introduced its latest range of Argyle diamond jewellery collections during the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show.

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