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Mining & Resources
5:24 PM Black lung disease has re-emerged in Australian coalmines for the first time in more than three decades.
Julie-anne Sprague 5:23 PM Gina Rinehart borrowed a line from Winston Churchill to praise Roy Hill workers as they began loading the first ore from onto the MV Anangel Explorer.
Anthony Boadle 4:44 PM Brazil has filed a lawsuit against two of the world's largest mining companies for $5.2 billion to clean up the damage caused by the collapse of a tailings dam.
Peter Ker 3:05 PM Anglo Pacific's business model is focused on royalty deals, which typically means the company purchases the rights to between 1 per cent and 15 per cent of revenue generated by particular mines.
Peter Ker 2:56 PM Coal miners in the Hunter Valley have taken a familliar approach to protest against the demise of Anglo American's Drayton coal mine.
8:46 AM Increasing fears of oversupply pushed iron ore prices down 3.5 per cent to below $US43 a tonne, the lowest since spot pricing was introduced seven years ago.
5:39 AM Copper got only a modest boost from Chinese producers' plan to cut output as gains were capped by a strong US dollar.
Tess Ingram Northern Star Resources managing director Bill Beament says there is likely to be a 'plethora of opportunities' for mergers and acquisitions in the global gold industry.
Danielle Bochove Half of the gold coming from mines may not be viable after gold prices fell to the lowest since 2010, top producer says.
Nickel fell amid scepticism among investors on whether cutbacks by the world's biggest producer, China, are able to make a dent in the global glut.
Thomas Biesheuvel How much does the head of the company that unearthed the second-biggest ever diamond want for the gem? More than $83 million, that's all he'll say.
Agnieszka de Sousa Industrial metals rallied as China considered measures to support prices near the lowest in years, including state purchases, output cuts and a probe into short-selling.
Bloomberg News More than 145 million metric tons of new iron ore supply will be brought on stream next year and in 2017, according to Fitch Ratings, which forecast that prices are unlikely to recover.
Peter Ker and Lia Timson A United Nations expert has contradicted BHP Billiton's claim that waste spilled from the failed Samarco dams is not toxic, pointing to laboratory tests that suggest elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals.
Is Indonesia's joining the oil cartel just another sign OPEC has abandoned its role of defending prices?