Mongolian president's visit to North Korea aimed at increasing ties

Elbegdorj Tsakhia

North Korean workers toil in factories and on building sites, kimjongilia flowers bloom at a special exhibition, and a restaurant serves plates of bulgogi as another patriotic song blares from a television. Yet this chilly north Asian capital is not Pyongyang, but Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Monday, 28 October, 2013, 4:39am

Battle to stop Mongolia's child jockeys from racing to their death

Children take part in a race during the Naadam festival in Ulan Bator. Controversy is growing over the way unprotected young riders are risking injury and even death.Photo: AFP

Just before little Baasanjav Lkhagvadorj was lifted onto a horse for a race across Mongolia's open steppe last week, he asked his father to bless him with a kiss. Minutes later the seven-year-old was killed in a fall, the latest in a rising toll among the country's child jockeys.

12 Jul 2013 - 1:36am

Japan's Shinzo Abe seeks Mongolia's backing over East China Sea islands

Norov Altankhuyag, prime minister of Mongolia

Shinzo Abe arrived in the Mongolian capital on Saturday seeking closer trade and diplomatic ties with the mineral-rich nation, a potentially important strategic partner due to its location on China's northern border and diplomatic ties with North Korea.

1 Apr 2013 - 4:18am

Rio Tinto may halt work at mine in protest at Mongolian demands

Rio Tinto's mine will be worth a third of Mongolian GDP. Photo: AFP

Rio Tinto Group, based in London and the second-biggest mining company in the world, is discussing the suspension of building to protest at Mongolia's demands for a bigger stake in the project and new mining royalty rates, the sources said.

1 Feb 2013 - 5:23am

Mongolia says goodbye to Lenin and hello to dinosaurs

Statue of Lenin is taken away in Ulan Bator last year. Photo: AFP

Once he bestrode his world, lending his name to more museums, streets, monuments and public institutions than any other 20th-century figure. But in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator at least, it is goodbye Lenin as a political dinosaur makes way for the real kind.


29 Jan 2013 - 2:18am

US media brings glitz to Mongolian readers

Mongolian women have taken to magazines like Cosmopolitan which has built up a circulation of 5,000 copies. Photo: AFP

Every time a new Mongolian-language edition of Cosmopolitan magazine is released, Tselmeg Erdenkhuu sits down with a friend to explore a monthly dose of Hollywood gossip, glitzy fashion and scintillating sex.

“They talk about sex a lot in this magazine, like what position is healthy or how to make men go crazy,” said the 28-year-old businesswoman, who is a single mother.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:54pm

Mongolia's Midas touch loses some of its shine

The Oyu Tolgoi mine is due to start production next year and is expected to boost Mongolia's output by up to a quarter. Photo: Reuters

Mongolia's red-hot economy - one of the world's fastest-growing - has the chills due to a decline in investment interest from foreign investors.

The decline was brought on by a weak global economy and unfriendly policies launched by Mongolia's new populist government.

24 Dec 2012 - 4:27am

Mongolia still open to foreign investors

Nemekhbayar Enkhbayar of the Mongolian Ministry of Mines says the new law is a kind of registration and vetting. Photo: Edward Wong

Mongolia is still open to foreign investment despite a hastily enacted law that subjects foreign investments to government approval and recent calls by some nationalist politicians to renegotiate the terms of a mega copper mining deal with Rio Tinto, a senior government official said.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

Battle to meet energy needs for residents and industry in Mongolia

Mongolians battle to get unlimited power. Photo: Kitty Hamilton

T. Nasan-Ish, 50, has just returned from a community meeting in Khanbogd in Mongolia's south Gobi desert. "We have exciting news", he says. "We're expecting to get unlimited electricity in the coming 40 days".

23 Nov 2012 - 2:42am

Coal miner SouthGobi to cut staff after posting US$55m net loss

Coal trucks leave the SouthGobi Resources mine in Ovoot Tolgoi, Mongolia. Photo: Bloomberg

SouthGobi Resources swung to a net loss of US$54.56 million in the third quarter from a net profit of US$55.92 million in the period last year, while the mining firm's revenue plunged 94.5 per cent to US$3.34 million in the quarter.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:18am

Giant copper mine offers Mongolia a cash bonanza

The Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia is expected to produce 450,000 tonnes of copper concentrate a year at its peak. Photo: Reuters

Deep in the heart of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia amid a landscape of sand dunes and ice canyons, one of the world’s biggest copper mines is about to come on stream.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Mining firm won't say why lawyer questioned in Mongolia

The Hong Kong arm of a major Australian mining company based in Mongolia has yet to comment on why its senior lawyer is still being questioned by anti-corruption authorities and banned from leaving the country.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

Mongolia to pass smoking ban

Patrons enjoy a drink and a cigarette in an Ulan Bator bar. From next year, doing so will carry a hefty fine. Photo: Michael Kohn

It's Friday night at the Grand Khaan Irish Pub and the house band is covering an Eric Clapton song, the waitresses are delivering pints of beer to patrons and thick clouds of cigarette smoke are wafting into the rafters.

29 Oct 2012 - 1:44am

Miner SouthGobi's HK-based lawyer held in Mongolia to aid graft probe

Sarah Armstrong is legal counsel for SouthGobi in Mongolia.

A Hong Kong-based Australian lawyer working for a mining company in Mongolia has been barred from leaving the country to assist with a corruption investigation by the government.

Sarah Armstrong, the 32-year-old chief legal counsel to Rio Tinto subsidiary SouthGobi Resources, was unable to board a flight from the capital Ulan Bator to Hong Kong last Friday, reports said.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:29am

Wife of Mongolian activist says she was detained

Hada, with his wife Xinna, in 2010. Photo: AFP

The wife of a long-imprisoned ethnic Mongolian activist in China said on Monday that she has spent nearly two years in detention and house arrest on a fabricated charge to silence her family, and that her husband is suffering from depression.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am