Indonesia is set to ban mineral ore exports from Sunday, in a move that threatens to spark mass layoffs, mine closures and lower foreign revenue in Southeast Asia's largest economy.
Government officials are scrambling to take steps to soften the impact of the ban, part of a 2009 mining law aimed at forcing miners to build smelters and refineries to increase the export value of Indonesia's vast mineral wealth.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to decide on the proposed measures ahead of the ban.
Indonesia is the world's biggest exporter of nickel ore, refined tin, thermal coal and home to the fifth largest copper mine and top gold mine.
Here are the top Reuters stories on the ban.
> Indonesia export ban to hit local players, miss foreign miners
> Indonesia braces for impact of mineral export ban
> Indonesia ban on raw minerals exports threatens nickel shake-up
> Japanese nickel users get ready for Indonesian export ban
> INTERVIEW-Indonesia miners lay off workers as ban approaches
> INTERVIEW-Indonesia ban to have small impact on metal exports
> COLUMN-Uncertainty the only certainty with Indonesia export ban
> BREAKINGVIEWS-Indonesia export ban is mistimed idealism
> FACTBOX-Indonesia's new processing proposal for mineral exports
> FACTBOX-Likely winners, lowers of Indonesia's export ban
> GRAPHIC-Indonesian mineral exports: http://link.reuters.com/pej85v
> GRAPHIC-Global metal stocks http://link.reuters.com/deg67n
> FACTBOX-Indonesian smelter projects or plans
> Indonesia's mining ministry looks to ease mineral export ban
> Indonesia mineral export ban uncertainty starts to bite
> Indonesia sees 2014 mineral output falling 'drastically'
> Indonesia export ban will kill off domestic mining -industry
> Indonesian lawmakers rebuff govt bid to ease 2014 export ban
> Indonesia's deficit takes toll on resource nationalism drive
(Compiled by Randy Fabi)