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  1. September 10, 2014

    BSGR seeks halt to Guinea iron ore auction

    The mining arm of Beny Steinmetz’s family conglomerate has asked an international tribunal to block the government of...

  2. September 5, 2014

    Miners’ shares lag behind iron ore price plunge

    The commodities super cycle is not dead, proclaimed Ivan Glasenberg, the boss of trading house Glencore last month. Demand...

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  1. July 25, 2014

    French businessman jailed for 2 years in Guinea mining case

    A French businessman who sought to obstruct a US investigation into an alleged bribery scheme to secure multibillion-dollar...

  2. July 16, 2014

    Boart Longyear: short life?

    Boart Longyear claims a history of 120 years. The company is the biggest producer and operator of the drills used by miners...

  3. July 4, 2014

    Iron ore boosted by China restocking

    The price of iron ore, a key ingredient in steelmaking, has risen to its highest level in more than a month, lifted by a...

  4. June 30, 2014

    Global capital expenditure by companies still stalling

    An expected pick-up in global capital investment by cash-rich companies has failed to materialise so far this year. Although...

  5. June 5, 2014

    BHP Billiton pins hopes on China energy demand

    BHP Billiton was counting on Chinese demand for energy and fertiliser to take up the slack as the steel sector softened, its...

  6. June 3, 2014

    Vale steels itself for changing times

    The helicopter circles over a range of verdant mountains in the Carajás National Forest, a park in Brazil’s Amazonian state...

  7. May 11, 2014

    Nickel: rebasing

    Here’s a mining pop quiz. Indonesia has in effect banned exports of raw minerals, for an indefinite period. That includes...

  8. May 8, 2014

    Volatile nickel surges to two-year high

    Nickel surged 6 per cent to a two-year high on Thursday on news of a mine shutdown in New Caledonia and positive trade data...

  9. May 7, 2014

    BSGR seeks arbitration against Guinea over loss of mining rights

    BSG Resources is preparing arbitration proceedings against Guinea’s president and government after the mining group had a...

  10. FT Photo Diary

    May 2, 2014

    Day of the Spiritual Indoctrinator celebrations

    Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters Worshippers attend the Day of the Spiritual Indoctrinator celebrations at the Vale do Amanhecer...

  11. May 1, 2014

    Rio Tinto and Vale step up battle over Guinean deposit

    Rio Tinto’s lawsuit claiming Vale cheated it out of billions of dollars adds to the conflicting accounts of the battle over...

  12. May 1, 2014

    Vale/Rio Tinto: Simandou blues

    A visit to the Conakry Novotel will have an extra special frisson from now on, that’s for sure. Rio Tinto, the world’s...

  13. April 30, 2014

    Rio Tinto sues Vale and BSGR over Guinea mine controversy

    Rio Tinto is suing Vale and BSG Resources, alleging the rival mining groups were part of a conspiracy to steal its rights to...

  14. April 30, 2014

    Vale earnings hit by demand slowdown

    Supply has exceeded demand in the iron ore market for the first time in 10 years on the back of a slowdown in demand from...

  15. April 27, 2014

    Vale considers action after iron ore rights revoked

    Vale is weighing legal action after Guinea formally cancelled multi-billion-dollar iron ore rights that the Brazilian mining...

  16. April 9, 2014

    Guinea inquiry finds Steinmetz unit won mining rights corruptly

    The mining arm of Beny Steinmetz’s business empire won its rights to a multibillion-dollar iron-ore prospect in Guinea...

  17. March 31, 2014

    Brazil’s Vale fears it could lose all of Guinea mine investment

    Brazil’s Vale has warned for the first time that it may lose its entire investment in the ill-fated Simandou iron ore mine...

  18. March 30, 2014

    Glencore closer to iron ore ambition

    Glencore has cleared a key hurdle in its ambition to become an iron ore miner, reaching a preliminary deal with the west...

  19. March 10, 2014

    Mining shares hit by iron ore tumble

    Billions of dollars were wiped off the market value of the world’s biggest mining companies on Monday after fresh concerns...

  20. February 27, 2014

    Tax dispute deal takes toll on Vale

    Vale, the world’s largest iron ore producer, posted its biggest quarterly loss since it went public in 1997 after settling a...

  21. January 28, 2014

    China smog crackdown boosts high-grade iron ore

    Will seaborne supply growth overwhelm Chinese steel production? Or will it manage to keep pace? These have been key...

  22. January 13, 2014

    Iron ore holds firm in face of weak China steel outlook

    Iron ore held firm but remained close to a five-month low because of concerns about weak demand from Chinese steel mills....

  23. December 30, 2013

    Vale: mud and iron

    The iron ore price was surprisingly high in the latter half of this year: about $130 a tonne. Good for Vale, the Brazilian...

  24. MBA blog

    December 5, 2013

    Reflections from Brazil

    I’m just back from a trip to Brazil with 15 of my IMD MBA classmates and I wanted to paint my own picture of this...

  25. beyondbrics

    December 5, 2013

    Brazil's development bank heads for Africa

    The BNDES, Brazil’s government-owned development bank, will open its first Africa office on Friday in South Africa’s...

  26. December 4, 2013

    Anchors finally away for Chinese Australian mine

    CITIC Pacific, the Chinese conglomerate, has finally loaded its maiden shipment of iron ore from its Australian venture –...

  27. December 3, 2013

    Rio Tinto: iron discipline

    Even Mexican drug cartels mine iron ore these days. The authorities there recently confirmed that illegal exports to China...

  28. beyondbrics

    November 28, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Brazil raises benchmark rate to double digits * Ukraine casts shadow over EU summit * Japan and S Korea flout China air...

  29. November 28, 2013

    Vale to pay $9.6bn to end tax dispute

    Vale has agreed to pay Brazilian authorities R$22.3bn ($9.6bn) to settle a decade-long dispute over back taxes, bringing an...

  30. November 17, 2013

    Vale offered chance to settle $14bn tax dispute

    An overhaul of Brazil’s tax amnesty scheme is set to allow Vale to almost halve a $14bn claim against it while potentially...

  31. November 14, 2013

    Ave atque Vale

    If it ain’t iron ore, get out. The more Vale, the world’s biggest exporter of the stuff, plays to this theme, the more...

  32. November 12, 2013

    Tumbling prices leave Mendoza potash mine in limbo

    It was a sign of how bad things had become. In May, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s charismatic former president who is...

  33. November 7, 2013

    Brazil’s Vale rises on Chinese demand

    Vale, the world’s second-largest miner by volumes, posted its first quarterly profit increase in more than two years as...

  34. beyondbrics

    November 6, 2013

    Vale Q3 gets a China boost

    Who loves China? Vale certainly does The rebound seen in the Chinese economy during the third quarter has provided a much...

  35. November 6, 2013

    Guinea demands clarity on Steinmetz role

    Guinea has demanded more information on Beny Steinmetz’s personal involvement in the acquisition of mining assets worth $5bn...

  36. October 22, 2013

    BHP: making hay

    If farmers can cash in when the sun shines, so can mining companies. BHP Billiton edged up its iron ore production guidance...

  37. October 21, 2013

    Guinea corruption probe advances but wait for Simandou goes on

    Beny Steinmetz, the Israeli billionaire, was interviewed by Swiss prosecutors last week as part of an investigation into...

  38. October 18, 2013

    China launches first iron ore contract

    China launched its first iron ore contract on Friday, for the first time providing local steel mills a way to hedge their...

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