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Newmont Tries to Become World's Largest

Newmont Mining Corporation, Normandy Mining Ltd., and Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation announced a possible merger, which would create the world’s largest mining company. The boards of all three have approved the plan, but it is still subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.

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