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Internationally well-backed Kibaran Resources’ progression to financing its Tanzanian graphite project has been substantially smoothed by its updated BFS. By Mark Mentiplay

Rio Tinto has rebuffed the last-minute counter-bid by Glencore for its Coal & Allied business and interests in Australia, choosing instead the lower price but greater certainty of a slightly revised offer from Yancoal Australia.

Despite not being fair and reasonable, Gemfields’ independent committee has recommended an increased Chinese takeover bid for the miner over that of Gemfields’ major shareholder.

Shanta Gold has launched a 3-pronged expansion strategy headed by the acquisition of Helio Resource Corp that will dramatically lift Tanzanian gold resources

Sovereign Metals prepares to move on to feasibility studies for its Malingunde graphite project in Malawi after a scoping study outlined capital and operating costs claimed to be the lowest among its world-wide peers.

A strike by miners following attempts by Sibanye Gold to rout out illegal miners at its Cooke Gold Mine in South Africa has prompted the company to sack 1,500

Newcrest Mining tips in a further $40M to support SolGold's copper exploration strategy at Cascabel and new targets in Ecuador with a promise also to help protect the explorer against hostile attacks.

Desert Star is buying the PFS-boosted Kutcho copper-zinc-gold-silver mine in Canada from Capstone Mining for $28.8M cash and a 10% stake in Desert Star

Global steelmaker POSCO could bring its innovative FINEX technology to the battling industrial city of Whyalla in South Australia following the selection of a Korean consortium as preferred bidder for collapsed steelmaker/miner Arrium.

Eased enviro regulations in Peru to encourage more metals smelting could see Grupo Mexico double output

Plans by Ark Mines to commence operations at its much-delayed Mt Porter gold mine in Australia's NT face more uncertainty over access to the Union Reefs processing plant.

New reserves confirm W Resources’ place as one of the largest tungsten deposits in the world. Final investment decision Q3 FY/CY17

MZI Resources is predicting record Q4 17 mineral sands sales on the back of an extensive upgrade/optimisation at its Western Australian mineral sands project. By Mark Mentiplay

(UPDATE)
It's waiting on Rio Tinto's decision on who has the superior offer for its Coal & Allied Australian coal subsidiary, but Yancoal is not just sitting idly by.

A Tanzanian government committee has repeated allegations against Acacia Mining of evading tax and royalty obligations by understating the value of mineral concentrate exports by tens of billions of dollars.

Glencore targets 81Mtpa Australian coal capacity through its surprise counter-bid for Rio Tinto and Mitsubishi's Hunter Valley mines.

The proposed merger of West Australian companies Anova Metals and Exterra Resources will establish a well-funded miner with producing gold operations on two continents by the end of 2017. John Feary reports

Westgold Resources acquires leading underground contractor Australian Contract Mining as part of an owner-operator strategy to lower costs and improve flexibility. John Feary reports

Ramelius Resources has picked MACA to take up the mining services contract at its expanding Mount Magnet gold project in Western Australia, giving the contractor its third new client success in the last three months. John Feary reports

Minera in court to throw up the barricades to protect its Ollachea Gold Project after repayment on $70M bridging loan expires

Asanko Gold argues the flexibility of the two-stage modular expansion plans for its Asanko mine in Ghana counters the speculation about its cash position sparked by US hedge fund Muddy Waters

IAMGOLD double as it welcomes a new Canada gold project partner in Sumitomo and PFS flagging a $1.42B operation producing 320,000oz over 17-years. By MBM’s North American correspondent

New studies put low cost start-up on Trigon Metals’ $75M Kombat copper project in Nambia

Atalaya Mining is hoping for a big copper production jump from a new study on its Spanish copper mine at reduced costs

Wollongong Coal is seeking a short-term solution after the appointment of voluntary administrators to mining contractor Delta SBD forced the closure of its Wongawilli coal mine in NSW, Australia.

Rockwell Diamonds' new chief Tjaart Willemse says hard decisions made in late 2016 have enabled the South African diamond producer to survive a challenging 12 months.

Northern Empire completes $10M+ gold project acquisition, $20M raising and gets new major shareholder in Coeur Mining. By MBM’s North American correspondent.

Scandium International moves closer to development of the world's first scandium-only mine at Nyngan in Australia with the award of the EPCM contract to Lycopodium.

The increasing demand for premium quality in global iron ore markets has seen Carpentaria Exploration build a strong portfolio of blue-chip customers for its Hawsons magnetite project in New South Wales, Australia.

A positive scoping study on the initial $226M capex Mutamba heavy minerals project in Mozambique envisages base case $3.53B revenue over an initial 30-year LoM, beginning in 2020

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