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Cotton purchase station

Top China cotton producer resists reforms in restive Xinjiang

China's top cotton producer, a quasi-military body formed 60 years ago to settle the far west Xinjiang area, is resisting a government policy that could force it to cut output in an industry employing hundreds of thousands in the restive region.

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Tampon

Argentina: What the tampon rumpus says about the troubled country

Argentines have been complaining for a while now about the country's product shortages. And, until recently, the government has managed to brush aside such protests, which have centered around Argentina's import restrictions.

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Dubai Financial Area

UAE's RAK Ceramics says to sell stake in Laticrete venture

United Arab Emirates-based RAK Ceramics RKCE.AD, one of the world's biggest makers of floor and wall tiles, said on Sunday that it would sell its stake in a joint venture with U.S. firm Laticrete for an undisclosed sum.

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Vale SA

Former Xstrata CEO considering bid for Vale's nickel assets

Former Xstrata Plc Chief Executive Mick Davis is considering a bid for Vale SA's (VALE5.SA) (VALE.N) nickel business, Bloomberg reported.

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Holcim

Bankers ready debt as bids due on Lafarge Holcim assets

Bankers are lining up just over 1 billion pounds ($1.51 billion) of debt financing to back private equity firm KKR’s potential bid for the UK assets of cement makers Lafarge (LAFP.PA) and Holcim (HOLN.VX), banking sources said on Friday.

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China rare earth metals

China abolishes rare earth export quotas

China has scrapped a quota system aimed at restricting exports of rare earths, a group of 17 metals used in high tech sectors, as it moves to comply with a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling last year, official Chinese media reported on Monday.

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Gas station

Brent drops towards five-year low near $57, supply glut weighs

Brent oil extended losses into a fourth session on Tuesday, with prices hovering close to a more than five-year low above $57 per barrel, as persistent worries about a global supply glut offset concerns about output disruptions in Libyan.

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Crude Oil

Oil prices climb on Libya supply worries

Oil prices rose on Monday, after dropping for the past two sessions, as escalating clashes in Libya stoked worries about supply from the OPEC member.

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Russia skyline

Russia says to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine

Russia has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Russian officials said on Saturday.

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Lone Star Funds

HeidelbergCement in talks to sell unit to Lone Star Funds

Germany's HeidelbergCement AG (HEIG.DE) is negotiating to sell Hanson Building Products Ltd, a maker of concrete and clay building products, to private equity firm Lone Star Funds, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Anglo American Plc

Amplats gets $385 million offer for Bokoni mine stake

Anglo American Platinum has received a 4.5 billion rand ($385 million) offer for its 49 percent stake in the Bokoni mine in northeast South Africa, a source said on Wednesday, pushing its shares higher.

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Olam International Limited

Olam agrees to buy ADM's cocoa business to create global firm

Olam International Ltd (OLAM.SI) will buy Archer Daniels Midland Co's (ADM.N) cocoa business for $1.3 billion, it said on Monday, catapulting the Singapore-based commodities merchant into the top tier of the niche bean processing industry.

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Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway buys oil logistics business Charter Brokerage

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) on Friday said it was buying oil industry logistics provider Charter Brokerage from private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners.

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ArcelorMittal steel pant

ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel to start hedging iron ore

Top steelmakers ArcelorMittal and Tata Steel are dipping their toes into iron ore derivatives, marking a crucial milestone in developing trade for the world's second-largest commodity after oil.

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Rio Tinto

U.S. Congress approves land swap for Rio-BHP copper mine in Arizona

The U.S. Congress has cleared the way for global miners Rio Tinto (RIO.L) (RIO.AX) and BHP Billiton (BHP.AX) (BLT.L) to swap land with the government, which will allow them to build a long-delayed $6 billion copper mine in Arizona.

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