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

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.

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.

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.

Miners see no direct security threats to their operations but uranium prices are coming under pressure as civil unrest and the state of emergency declaration in major uranium producer Kazakhstan triggers concerns about disruptions to the supply chain.

Industry welcomes Indonesian government measures to improve the standards of governance and transparency in its natural resources sector while promising to assist in resolving coal supply shortages for domestic power supply.

International miner South32 and Norwegian shipper KCC are setting course for a future of zero greenhouse gas emissions in global bulk cargo haulage under a new contract for deliveries of caustic soda to Western Australia’s Worsley Alumina refinery.

St Barbara looks to years of growth in the West Australian Goldfields through its planned acquisition of Bardoc Gold’s tenements to support the expansion and addition of refractory ore processing capacity of its Leonora processing plant.

Extended shutdowns are starting now for mines and industries across a wide swathe of northern China as authorities seek to present blue skies and clear air for the winter Olympic and Paralympic that follow the annual Chinese New Year pause.

BHP cautions it can’t see “adequate long-term value” in matching Andrew Forrest’s audacious $600M-plus takeover offer for Noront Resources and its high-grade Eagle’s Nest nickel-copper-platinum-palladium project in Northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire region.


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