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Ecuadorian troops/police move to protect Hancock Prospecting’s gold-copper concession from illegal miners

Former Australian PM John Howard impresses the national and international mining and business community with his wide-ranging review of political and economic issues to launch the 28th annual Diggers & Dealers mining forum in Kalgoorlie. Leading industry commentator Ross Louthean reports.

Are the “experts” behind extravagant predictions of gold prices really no better than the racecourse touts of olden days? Respected gold consultant Sandra Close warns too many analysts are “brave but foolhardy”.

Government pressure making mineral-rich Tanzania an unattractive environment for mining, coal producer Intra Energy warns.

High demurrage and supply chain impacts offset strong FY19 production and profit performance by Australian miner TerraCom’s $1 acquisition, the Blair Athol thermal coal mine.

The growing attractiveness of cobalt for electric vehicles and energy storage has attracted the interest of experienced Australian mining commentator ROSS LOUTHEAN to the bitter dispute between explorers Broken Hill Prospecting and Cobalt Blue Holdings over the Thackaringa project – yet another page in the colourful history of Broken Hill.

Negative business sentiment around continued political and trade tensions is seen by international mineral sands miner Iluka Resources as the cause of the strong downturn in zircon purchasing decisions by key markets. John Feary reports

Big iron ore miners Rio Tinto and Fortescue mentioned as interested in Guinea’s rich Simandou iron ore blocks now up for tender

The Indonesian govt has warned its ban on the export of unprocessed ore, to force miners to process in the country, will hit by 2022

Prominent Australian nickel producer Western Areas is confident of negotiating more favourable terms as it prepares to open discussions on new three-year offtake agreements for its Forrestania operations in an environment of rising global prices and falling stockpiles.