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Expansion plans remain firmly in place as a cautious Western Areas eyes another tough year. Mark Mentiplay reports

Huge falls in official Philippines gold production figures suggest that smuggling is on the rise. Erik dela Cruz reports

Death toll still rising as police strive to restore public order at Lonmin’s Marikana mine

It’s been dogged by higher costs, delays, new taxes and cooling prices, but the Chinese steelmaker still sees Australia as a good place to do business. Paul Garvey reports from Hong Kong

African Barrick Gold is on the market, and though a bidding war isn't likely there will be a few companies around the world wanting to take a look. Clara Ferreira-Marques in London and Brenton Cordeiro in Bangalore report

It’s tough out there for nickel miners. Just ask Aussie Mincor Resources in its battle against falling prices and a future it says, at best, is challenging. Mark Mentiplay reports

China prepares to cut its own coal production to ease a supply glut that further threatens coal/iron ore prices. Fayen Wong reports

Venture Minerals’ $17M cap raising net snares major new investor in Elphinstone

There are signs that uneasy relationships between Mongolia and its neighbour China could become a last-minute sticking point in the massive Oyu Tolgoi project

A single, major deal has Southern Cross’ sights now set squarely on mid-tier gold production status. Mark Mentiplay reports

It’s temporarily a train to nowhere, but the first ore cargo from the Karara mine represents a breakthrough for the long-held hopes of a new iron ore province in the Midwest region of Western Australia

IAMGOLD says its focus on quality assets is working despite a June quarter blip when higher mining costs cut earnings from continuing operations by 29%

Minera IRL remains confident of mid-tier gold production status in a few years, despite cash flow decline.

Indonesia looks set to slash Malaysia Smelting’s 70% stake in a big tin J/V.

Higher gold prices lifted Newcrest to record profit for 2011-12 as it prepares to commission two major growth projects. John Feary reports

Miners from Canada’s Labrador Trough have teamed up with CN to fund a feasibility study into multi-user rail and port infrastructure

Latest Cambodian Govt figures on mining sector earnings and investments just don’t add up.

A compromise offer may protect Rio Tinto Alcan from a substantial European Commission fine over alleged antitrust behaviour

The costs of developing the Mt Milligan copper-gold project in British Columbia have been cited by Standard & Poor’s as it lowers its assessment of Thompson Creek Metals

The timing of expected policy easing becomes more critical as Chinese demand for iron ore points to slowing growth. Fayen Wong reports

New furnace fires Jubilee Platinum to record production and higher profits

Foreign gold, platinum and diamond miners may find themselves more welcome in Russia, if draft legislation goes ahead. Polina Devitt and Alexei Anishchu report

Markets have been worried by continuing unrest by Touareg nationalists and Islamist militant groups in Mali, but it hasn’t stopped miner Randgold Resources posting record production. Sarah Young reports

Move over BHP, Xstrata and all ... Epic Resources wants to join you in Colombia’s booming coal mining sector

A 34% drop in first half earnings has not shaken Rio Tinto’s belief that the green shoots of recovery are starting to sprout in China

It was once Australia’s largest thermal coal exporter, but the Blair Athol mine in central Queensland will slip quietly into history before December this year

There has been a clarion call for some serious back-to-basic changes to meet global minerals demand. Mark Mentiplay reports.

Cutting debt and getting its Solomon iron ore hub on stream, the current focus for FMG. Mark Mentiplay reports

West Africa continues to attract world miners, and Endeavour Mining’s new takeover ensures it will be one of the major players in the region

Just over two weeks after being kicked off its valuable Indonesiia mine. Intrepid Mines is still confident it will be ultimately returned to the company

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