11 Dec 2021
It's expected to become one of the issues at stake in the ongoing trade war between the US and China. Rare earth elements are crucial to manufacturing phones, computers and wind turbines. China currently controls 90 percent of their production, but the US is also determined to extract these precious minerals and has just reopened a rare earth elements mine in California. Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24's James Vasina.
21 Dec 2018
Nigerian minerals company Kian Smith has begun constructing the country's first gold refinery, which is expected to more than triple its capacity within five years after operations begin next June, an executive at the company developing it said.