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Bishop’s Mongolian mining howler: talk about your sovereign risk

Julie Bishop lauds Mongolia as superior to Australia in encouraging mining investment. Too bad she didn’t check the business pages, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Rio Tinto hits rivers of trouble in Mongolia’s mines

While Rio Tinto’s executives bask in the friendly climes of London, Perth and Singapore, it’s in Mongolia — one of the unforgiving lands where the it digs up its treasure — Rio has again orchestrated its own crisis.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

New agreement confirms ANU/Mongolia language sharing

Last year the Australian National University offered students the opportunity to learn Mongolian from classes held at Indiana University, a program set to continue thanks to a recent agreement signed with the Mongolian Prime Minister, writes William Steed.

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The Guardian | ENVIRONMENT|

Mongolian nomadic way of life in deep freeze

Two decades after the collapse of communism, Mongolia may be on the verge of a new turning point following a devastating winter which destroyed a fifth of the nation’s livestock. Mongolia may be saved, however, by its abundance of natural resources, writes Tania Branigan.

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The Sacramento Bee | ENVIRONMENT|

PHOTO GALLERY: Mongolia’s worst winter in 30 years

Beautiful but depressing images from Mongolia, where locals are enduring temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius and livestock are dying in the millions.

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China Hush | ART & DESIGN|

PHOTO GALLERY: Family portraits of China’s 56 ethnic groups

A beautiful gallery of families from China’s many ethnic groups. The project’s title of “Harmonious China” might cause some eye rolling, but it’s a great visual guide to the myriad peoples and cultures currently annexed by the Chinese government, nonetheless.

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NPR | ASIA-PACIFIC|

GFC hits Mongolia’s herders

The impact of the Global Financial Crisis can be felt in even the most far-flung corners of the world, including Mongolia’s grasslands, where plunging commodity prices have been disastrous for local sheep and goat herders.

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Boston Globe | ART & DESIGN|

PHOTO GALLERY: A tale of two Mongolias

The independent nation of Mongolia and the Chinese-controlled Inner Mongolia may share a common history, but have taken two very different paths over the last 20 years. Stunning photos show neighbouring countries that are worlds apart.

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