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Vedanta shuts protests-ridden copper smelter in India for 15 days

The maintenance activity, originally scheduled for April, comes amid media reports that thousands had taken to the streets and shut shops in Thootukudi to protest against the expansion of the smelter.

Canadian miner allowed to operate in Sweden

Gungnir's drill campaign would begin in the second quarter of 2018 with 20 diamond drill holes testing six target areas over a strike length of more than 8 km.

Diamonds and sapphires allow masers to operate continuously

The microwave version of lasers could now be used more widely in a range of applications.

Poland's biggest miner PGG expects small rise in 2018 coal output

Poland's biggest mining firm, state-run PGG, expects its coal output to rise slightly this year from around 30 million tonnes in 2017.

Indian woman continues fight to repatriate blue diamond

The blue Nassak, also called ‘Eye of Lord Shiva,’ is a 43.38-carat diamond.

Markle's wedding ring expected to follow royal tradition of Welsh gold

The royal tradition of using a wedding band of Welsh gold started nearly 100 years ago.

Britain blocks plans for new coal mine on climate grounds

Britain plans to phase-out coal use at its power stations by 2025 as a part of its efforts to meet its climate targets.

Companies now looking for electric battery metals in the garbage

Soaring cobalt and lithium prices are pushing some companies to dig for them in the recycle bin, which some believe could be even more profitable than mining them.

Royal blue diamond goes on sale

With few exceptions, no one knew about this gem's existence.

Liebherr to invest $45 million expanding footprint in US mining sector

Company is growing its Virginia facility, which will cover over 251,000 square feet once completed.

Eldorado down on Q4 loss

CEO George Burns recognized that 2017 was a challenging year.

BMW mining deals shelved until EVs can be mass-produced

The German luxury vehicle maker said mass production of EVs is not viable until 2020 when its proprietary electric drive technology is expected to be profitable enough.

Rio sells one of latest coal assets in Australia for $200 million

Australia's Whitehaven Coal is acquiring the Winchester South project, located in Queensland.

Apollo Minerals expands in the Pyrenees

The company has entered into an agreement to buy Aurenere, a project located in the northern Spanish province of Lleida.

Fura Gems kicks off initial production at iconic Coscuez emerald mine

Early output of 1,720 carats of emeralds, including 826 carats of top quality ones, was achieved through a bulk-sampling program carried out within eight weeks of the completing the acquisition of the mine

Alrosa launches synthetics diamonds detector

The portable machine screens polished diamonds and jewellery, identifying synthetics as well as treated stones.

Feast and famine in the global tin market(s): Andy Home

The London market is only one half of the picture when it comes to tin price signals. The other, very different half is located in Shanghai.

Russia's top gold miner wants to become global player in antimony market

Polyus aims for up to 15% of global market od antimony, a metal used primarily in fire retardants and batteries.

Glencore snatches Rio’s Australian coal mine in $1.7bn deal

The acquisition includes Rio Tinto’s 82% stake in Hail Creek coal mine and its 71.2 % interest in the Valeria project.

Swiss seize bank accounts amid probe linked to Rio Tinto Mongolia mine

The Swiss attorney general’s office launched its probe in 2016, court documents show.

Egypt’s sole gold-exporting mine reports high profits

January profits for the Sukari gold mine are making headlines in the country.

U.S. govt to accept metals tariffs exclusion requests from Monday

It could take up to 90 days to make determinations.

Merkel, Xi agree to work on steel overcapacity within G20

Xi said both countries should cooperate despite ideological differences.

Mine accident shows a potash market nervous about outages

Shares of some of the largest potash producers soared on speculation that the accident could knock out a large chunk of global production capacity.

Electric car dreams may be dashed by 2050 on lack of cobalt, lithium supplies

German researchers say cobalt-free battery technologies — including post-lithium technologies based on non-critical elements — are the best way to avoid supply issues in the long term.