It’s only Monday and it’s already an exciting week in mining. Check out our top headline picks for today:

1. Banro halts gold mine in Congo as access road blocked


Shares in Canadian gold miner Banro Corporation (TSX, NYSE:BAA) were down Monday after the company said it had temporarily suspended operations at its Namoya gold mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as the access road was blocked. (Read full article here)

2. Court to hear Vancouver-based mining company human rights appeal

(Source: News1130)

Should a lawsuit alleging human rights abuses  against foreign workers at a Canadian mining company be heard in Canada?A four-day BC Court of Appeals hearing begins on Monday to hear an appeal of a decision made last year. (Read full article here)

3. PEA shows 22-year life for B.C. copper-gold-moly mine


A preliminary economic assessment for a mine on Vancouver Island, British Columbia is showing promising economics – despite being in a jurisdiction challenging to build mines.

Releasing the PEA last Thursday, NorthIsle Copper and Gold (TSXV:NCX) said its proposed North Island open-pit mine could produce 75,000 tonnes per day for 22 years. It’s the first publicly released study on the Hushamu and Red Dog deposits, which were discovered in the 1960s. (Read full article here)

4. Gold companies take a shine to China’s Silk Road



As far as China’s miners are concerned, the modern-day Silk Road is paved with gold.

Buoyed by a 15 percent rise in the gold price this year, Chinese mining executives in Tianjin this weekend were talking up their ambitions for overseas expansion. (Read full article here)

5. Investors wary as Tanzania moves to assert more control over mines

New laws and a crackdown on mining firms in Tanzania has slowed fresh investment in what has long been seen as one of Africa’s brightest mining prospects as companies assess the consequences of government efforts to claim a bigger slice of the pie. (Read full article here)