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The local, regional and global crisis triggered by Russia’s violent military attack on its smaller neighbour Ukraine, exacerbated by the risk of tit-for-tat sanctions, threatens severe repercussions for world economies still struggling to recover from the depredations of the COVID-19 pandemic.

(ENVIRONMENTAL)
Australian mining industry leaders endorse new $47M program to establish digitally based integrated national system for environmental applications and approvals of development projects.

(EXPLORATION)
Australian investors’ growing enthusiasm for exploration, stimulated by booming global demand for minerals and the exhilarating success of explorers such as Chalice Gold Mines, have sent exploration expenditure to record levels.

More records are likely to be on the way as the surging growth of Australia’s mining and energy sector continues to prop up the pandemic-hit national economy.

(COMMODITIES)
As global demand for gold roars back from its pandemic-driven losses in 2020, World Gold Council analyst Louise Street says how central banks deal with persistent high levels of inflation will be a key factor for institutional and retail demand in 2022.

(COMMENTARY)
Western Australia’s anti-pandemic walls stay in place but mining leaders warn the state government must come up with new processes and rules for the safe reopening of borders that will help them overcome the growing threat of skill shortages.

(REGULATION)
Bipartisan US congress legislation aims to loosen China’s chokehold on rare earths supply for critical strategic defence contracts.

(COMMENTARY)
The Economic Community of West African States has announced the closing of its borders with Mali and its preparedness to activate its standby force should the need to deploy it arise. Christopher Michael Faulkner, postdoctoral fellow in the National Security Affairs Department, US Naval War College explores the background in this article. Originally published in The Conservation.

(REGULATION)
Mali’s international miners are alert for risks to their supply chains after the heads of 15 neighbouring West African nations closed their borders and imposed tough economic sanctions after its post-coup interim government announced a three-year delay in the restoration of democratic government.

(REGULATION)
The South African Minerals Council welcomes the report of a commission of inquiry that has uncovered a ‘scarcely believable picture of rampant corruption’ among its political and administrative leadership, demanding speedy action against those responsible for the economic sabotage of the country, its people and the economy.

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