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Water Saving Foam Resin, Tarsheed Initiative launched at WFES 2014

An innovative water saving foam has been launched today at the World Future Energy Summit 2014 as a response to the challenge to conserve water resources in Abu Dhabi. This foam provides the perfect medium for water to be captured in volumes of up to 60 percent and then efficiently…

Uralkali will sell potash to China at a 24% discount on last year’s price

The world's biggest potash producer will sell 700,000 tonnes to…

Amanda Van Dyke: A dozen gold, copper, phosphate and uranium standouts

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Gloucester Coal completes two acquisitions

Gloucester Coal has completed two acquisitions designed to create a leading Australian coal miner worth about $2 billion. Gloucester said it had completed the purchase of Donaldson Coal Holdings, which owns three NSW coal mines, from Asian commodities trader Noble Group.

Gold on high on threat of US default

Gold hit a record high for the second day running yesterday on rising fears of debt default and future inflation. Spot metal touched an intraday best level of $1 594 (R10 933) an ounce and set a record fix of $1 592.50 in the morning in London before dropping back to $1 590.50 at the afternoon fix.

Brazil’s Usiminas leases iron ore access in $1.16 billion deal

Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas said on Thursday it agreed to pay at least $1.16 billion to have long-term access to iron ore resources, seeking to battle a surge in prices for the key steel ingredient. Usiminas signed an agreement to rent mining rights owned by MBL Materiais Basicos for the next 30 years, it said in a securities filing. Usiminas will also buy 6 million tonnes of iron ore reserves at $12.50 per tonne from MBL, as well as a processing facility.

Report: threat of army takeover looms large in Zimbabwe

Neighbour South Africa's influential Business Day reports as Zimbabwe’s shaky unity government inches ahead with extensive electoral reforms ahead of fresh elections now expected next year, the prospect of the country’s army seizing power looms large. In recent weeks, the military’s top brass has taken on a visible role in the country’s political affairs and has been brazenly opposed to security sector reforms. The military seized control of Zimbabwe's rich diamond fields in Chiadzwa in 2006 and most observers believe an international ban on these gems are being widely flouted.

India alarm over ‘potash cartel’ grows

India's Department of Fertilisers raised concerns with the country's Foreign Affairs minister on Thursday over 2011 prices set by Canpotex, the company that markets and distributes Saskatchewan's potash globally. India's farming co-ops have halted imports due to the impasse and while waiting for a government decision on import subsidies. At over 6 million tonnes/year India is the biggest importer but says it pays much higher prices than a country like China can negotiate.

Gold surges to fresh all-time high near $1595

Gold reached a fresh record high on Thursday as investors continue to seek for the metal as a refuge after Moody's placed US top-notch credit rating on review for a downgrade and hints of QE3 from the Fed. The yellow metal has also been supported by ongoing concerns over the euro zone debt crisis that deepened after Fitch downgraded Greece rating to CCC on Wednesday.