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Mining companies face tough decisions despite the industry's rebound

Top execs eyeing the exits, under pressure from investors, investigators

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Aluminum Corp. of China last year acquired Rio Tinto's stake in the Simandou iron ore project in Guinea.   © Reuters

SYDNEY Big international mining companies like BHP and Rio Tinto made it through the crash in global commodity prices by slashing costs, shedding less productive units and taking full advantage of the economies of scale their vast operations provide.

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