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Yancoal seeks $2.5bn from investors to pay for Rio’s Aussie coal mines

Former rival bidder Glencore will subscribe to $300 million worth…

Philippines says open pit mining ban to stay put

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Posco finally gets $12bn nod from India

In India's biggest foreign investment deal since 1991, the Indian government has on Monday finally given South Korea's Posco the green light to build a giant $12 billion steel plant in the country. Posco has said it expects to renew `shortly' its pact with the Orissa government for building the $12 billion steel plant, even as the firm has assured that no exports of iron ore would be conducted from the site.

Toro chief says future nuclear demand will not be swayed by Fukushima event

Greg Hall, managing director of Toro Energy Ltd (ASX: TOE), said the main nuclear power countries are continuing their new build programmes for nuclear power while adapting to lessons learned from the incident. The uranium spot price dropped significantly after the incident but had, by the end of the March quarter, returned to the December 2010 average of $US62.50 per lb of U308.

Japan rare earth imports from China jump 40% in March

Japan's imports of rare earths from China rose 40 percent in March from the previous month, Ministry of Finance data showed, with some observers saying demand is so far unaffected by last month's devastating quake though the outlook remains murky.

Japan rolled copper output for March fell the most in 17 months

Japan's output of rolled copper product fell 3.7 percent in March from a year earlier, its biggest fall in 17 months, after the March 11 earthquake devastated the northeast of the country and disrupted supply chains of automakers, which are big consumers of copper parts.

Indonesian investment agency to buy 7% of Newmont Indonesia

The Indonesian government said on Sunday that state investment agency Pusat Investasi Pemerintah (PIP) would buy a 7 percent stake in Newmont Mining Corp's Indonesian unit, paving the way for an initial public offering for the unit in coming months.

Nautilus forms strategic partnership and secures vessel

Nautilus Minerals' (TSX:NUS)(AIM:NUS) plan to open a new frontier of seafloor resource production has taken a major step forward, with the formation of a strategic partnership with German shipping company Harren & Partner ("Harren"). A joint venture company (the "Vessel JV") is to be formed to own and operate a production support vessel which will serve as the operational base for Nautilus to produce high grade copper and gold ore at its first development project, Solwara 1, in the Bismarck Sea of Papua New Guinea ("PNG").