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Freewest Resources Canada Inc. says its white-knight suitor has increased its takeover offer again, to $1 per share in stock.

The all-stock offer from Cliffs Natural Resources values Montreal-based Freewest at $240-million, $29-million higher than the previous bid.

Freewest's chief assets are its chromite deposits in the James Bay region of northern Ontario, which Cliffs wants to develop into a new mining operation.

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Cliffs was already a significant minority shareholder in Freewest when it entered the scene as a white knight investor on Nov. 23, is trying to fend off Noront Resources Ltd. , an Ontario-based junior mining company.

The previous bid from Cliffs, a much larger international iron and coal company, had been a firm 90 cents per share.

The Freewest board says Cliff's latest offer is clearly superior to Noront's.

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