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  • Aug 7- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, an iron ore and coal producer, said on Thursday that Lourenco Goncalves, a former steel company executive, was named to run the company after activist investor Casablanca Capital triumphed in a proxy battle.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Aug 7- Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, the country's No.2 oil and gas company, lowered its 2014 oil production guidance on Thursday as a result of issues at its Kirby South and Primrose oil sands projects in northern Alberta.

  • GENEVA, Aug 7- China lost an appeal at the World Trade Organization in a case brought by the United States, the European Union and Japan to challenge China's restrictions on exports of rare earths, according to a WTO Appellate Body ruling published on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 7- The United States should lift its nearly four-decade ban on crude oil exports to help encourage domestic production, the Washington Post said in an editorial on Thursday. Booming shale oil production has led to an intense debate over the moratorium, which was imposed by Congress in 1975 in the wake of the Arab oil embargo.

  • LONDON, Aug 7- Rio Tinto indicated it would not take part in a tender for the mining rights for the northern half of the disputed Guinea iron ore deposit Simandou, saying the government would prefer other companies to invest.

  • GENEVA, Aug 7- China lost an appeal at the World Trade Organization in a case brought by the United States, the European Union and Japan to challenge China's restrictions on exports of rare earths, according to a WTO Appellate Body ruling published on Thursday.

  • China's appeal fails to overturn WTO rare earths ruling Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    GENEVA, Aug 7- China has lost its appeal at the World Trade Organization in a case brought by the United States, the European Union and Japan to challenge China's restrictions on rare earths exports, according to a WTO Appellate Body ruling published on Thursday.

  • *Element of concern over Ukraine/ Russia strain- analyst. "For nickel there is an element of increased concern surrounding Russia, and we've seen that in some of the Ukraine/ Russia- related products," Vicky Sanders, head of analytics, sales at Marex Spectron, said.

  • *H1 underlying earnings $5.12 bln vs $4.78 bln view of analysts. *Rio's UK shares jump 3 pct after results. MELBOURNE, Aug 7- Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto raised hopes it could boost cash returns to investors sharply in February after topping market forecasts on Thursday with a 21 percent rise in first-half profit.

  • JAKARTA, Aug 7- Freeport-McMoRan Inc's Indonesia unit will complete on Thursday loading for its first copper concentrate export shipment since new mining rules were introduced in the Southeast Asian nation, the unit's CEO said.

  • *Papua New Guinea nickel mine halted due to unrest, then resumes. SYDNEY, Aug 7- London copper was steady on Thursday, after touching a five-week trough in the previous session, after the dollar eased from nine-month peaks in overnight trade and relieved pressure on metals.

  • *H1 underlying earnings $5.12 bln vs $4.78 bln view of analysts. *Net debt cut to $16.1 bln, eyeing mid-teens before buyback. MELBOURNE, Aug 7- Global miner Rio Tinto raised hopes it will return cash to shareholders in February after topping market forecasts with a 21 percent rise in first-half profit on Thursday.

  • *Newmont prefers to resolve Indonesia dispute through talks. MELBOURNE, Aug 7- Newmont Mining Corp said on Thursday it is applying for an injunction to get workers back to its Batu Hijau mine as it fights a controversial tax on copper exports that led the company to halt shipments from Indonesia this year.

  • The senate approved a series of laws this week aimed at attracting companies such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp, and help stem declining crude production in Latin America's No. 2 economy.

  • MELBOURNE, Aug 7- Newmont Mining Corp said on Thursday it is applying for an injunction to get workers back to its Batu Hijau mine as it fights a controversial tax on copper exports that led the company to halt shipments from Indonesia this year.

  • METALS-London copper edges up as dollar turns lower Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 11:33 PM ET

    *Papua New Guinea nickel mine halted due to unrest. SYDNEY, Aug 7- London copper edged up on Thursday, after touching a five-week trough in the previous session, as the dollar eased from nine-month peaks and relieved pressure on metals.

  • Qingdao port at centre of probe into alleged financing fraud. Beijing's anti-corruption campaign, which had focused on energy giant PetroChina earlier this year, has begun to turn to the mining sector and authorities are also investigating the suspected metal financing fraud at Qingdao port, China's third largest.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 7- London copper steadied on Thursday, after touching a five-week trough in the previous session, as the dollar eased from nine month peaks and relieved pressure on the metals complex. *The most-traded October copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped by 0.7 percent to 49,650 yuan a tonne.

  • Aug 6- U.S. regulators on Tuesday said they are leaning toward approval of a new line of herbicide-tolerant crops developed by Monsanto Co even though they could increase problematic weed resistance for farmers. St. Louis- based Monsanto, said the APHIS move was "a noteworthy sign of progress."

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- TricorBraun Inc is planning a sale process that could value the provider of jars and bottles to the cosmetics, healthcare and food and drink industries at more than $1.3 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

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