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Vale reverses order to shut Itabira

The labor authorities reported that 200 local employees have tested…

Fortescue loses bid to appeal court decision in indigenous land case

A ruling in 2017 handed the Yindjibarndi people exclusive title…

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Miners throw down gauntlet on super-profits tax

A Deloitte Access Economics analysis, commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia and to be released today, estimates the industry's tax burden was about 50 per cent higher than Treasury estimates made during last year's bruising battle over the Rudd government's resource super-profits tax.

Commodities rocked as US economy creates zero jobs

Commodity markets were hit this week by shock news that the United States created no jobs in August, sparking speculation that the world's biggest economy could be heading for a double-dip recession. Analysts said the data bolstered expectations that the US Federal Reserve could soon decide to implement another round of quantitative easing -- dubbed QE3 by traders -- to help breathe new life into the struggling economy.

Miners pumping $82 billion into Australian economy – 70% more than last year

Beating already rosy expectations new Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show mining companies intend to invest $82.1 billion this financial year on new and expansion projects, representing 55% of total capital expenditure in the country's economy. The spending spree by the resources sector – mostly in Western Australia and Queensland – represents a whopping 70% increase over last year. Mining firms spent 14.4% more last quarter, led by a 22% jump in plant and machinery purchases, and projections show further increases in the future. The positive capex news, accompanied by robust retail spending numbers saw the Australian dollar rise above 107 US cents.

Rio Tinto: world needs 800 mln more tonnes of iron ore over next 8 yrs

The world needs at least 100 million tonnes of additional iron ore supply each year for the next eight years to meet demand growth projections in steel making, miner Rio Tinto said on Thursday. At that rate, global iron ore production would almost double over the period, based on industry trade data -- largely covered in the early years at least by expansions underway among the major miners, including Rio Tinto.

Quebec’s tiny Century Iron gets $120 million China injection

Quebec minnow Century Iron Mines (CVE:FER) said Wednesday that China's Wuhan Iron and Steel (WISCO) will invest $120 million over two years in three joint ventures to explore and develop the company’s Duncan Lake, Attikamagen and Sunny Lake projects in Quebec. The joint venture agreement was signed on Tuesday in Beijing with the premier of Quebec in attendance. Century Iron hardly trades but on Wednesday the company enjoyed a tenfold increase in volumes on the Toronto exchange with 44,000 shares exchanging hands. It ended the day flat at $2.60 with a market value of less than $1 million.

Mining giant backs new Australian International Arbitration Rules

SYDNEY, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vice President of Litigation BHP Billiton, Mr Damian Lovellhas today welcomed the introduction of the new ACICA Arbitration Rules designed to speed up the resolution of cross border and international commercial disputes. Mr Lovell, who is responsible for the dispute resolution strategy for the world's largest diversified mining company, said it is standard practice for BHP Billiton to include arbitration clauses in its cross border contracts:

Rolling stoppages at BHP mines all week (AAP)

Strike action involving 4000 BHP employees has nothing to do with money, a union boss says. Workers employed at seven BHP mines in Queensland will walk off the job this week after enterprise bargaining negotiations stalled.