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Colombian coal workers vote to strike

Colombian coal workers voted on Saturday to strike over pay and working conditions at the 3-million-tonne-per-year La Jagua mine of Glencore's Prodeco unit, a union said. Colombia is the world's fourth-largest coal exporter and Glencore's La Jagua - one of the mining concessions it owns in the nation - has some of the country's highest quality coal.

Australia’s iron ore exports to China up

Reuters reports iron ore shipments to Chinathrough Australia's Port Hedland rose modestly in February compared with January, according to data released by the port authority, suggesting steady demand from the world's largest steel industry after signs of a weak start to 2012.

VTB Bank buys iron ore stake

Russia's second-largest lender VTB has bought a 20 percent stake in Metalloinvest, the country's largest iron ore miner part-owned by Alisher Usmanov, one of Russia's richest men.