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The death of a contractor at a Goldfields mine camp has been ruled as non-suspicious by Western Australian Police.
Shares in iron ore miner and steelmaker Arrium have slumped to an all-time low as it hits investors for more than $750 million to pay down debt.
Copper prices ended lower on Thursday as weaker housing market data from China and the US fanned worries about metal demand from the world's number one and two copper users.
China, one of the world's biggest gold consumers, on Thursday launched a new market for trading the precious metal as it seeks to attract foreign investors to a year-old free trade zone (FTZ).

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