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(MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS) Coal and metals have underpinned a big rise in mining/metals deals done in 2017, lifting their total value 15% on 2016 to $51B

It looks as through the battle for control of major global nickel-palladium producer Norilsk is on again, kicking off in a London court

(METS) Imdex achieves a $20M-plus profit turnaround as recovery takes root in the global mining sector. John Feary reports

(TECHNOLOGY) Pilot plant tests on material from Lithium Power International's Salar de Maricunga brine project in Chile have produced battery grade lithium carbonate using conventional and scaleable technology.

(MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS) Leagold Mining and Brio Gold agree to 'go friendly' on a pact to establish a $650M combined entity with potential 700,000oz annual production from mines in Mexico and Brazil. MBM Correspondent reports

(COMMUNITY) Australian miner Mt Ridley will gain rights to 80% of the Diwalwal gold project in the Philippines through its all-shares acquisition of Singapore-based Prometheus Developments.

(LOGISTICS) A Peruvian government plan to build a multi-billion dollar railway line linking an inland southern highlands region to the Pacific coast promises to revive Strike Resources' development of the Apurimac magnetite mine.

(COMMODITY MARKETING) New Century prepares to fight a 'heritage' sales dispute as it executes the first major long-term zinc concentrate offtake contracts for its revival of the Century zinc mine.

Australian explorer Haoma Mining has been dumped from its ASX listing after refusing to retract claims about the discovery of "watermelon seed-like" gold nuggets in its exploration for conglomerate-hosted mineralisation in the WA Pilbara region.

The growing pressure coming from Chinese steelmakers for price discounts on lower-grade iron ore makes life more challenging for many producers, and has Mineral Resources intensifying its search for blending and other possible solutions. John Feary reports


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