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New chief Andrew Mackenzie confident BHP Billiton can achieve 16% growth in two years

The first gold medal of the London Games goes to... the Olympic Torch

As anticipation for the London Games heats up, the first serious prize has gone to the Olympic Torch itself, as its British designers last night picked up the coveted "Oscar of the design world".

Deripaska upbeat on London arbitration case

Oleg Deripaska, the billionaire chief executive of the Russian aluminium giant Rusal, appeared to dismiss the prospect of arch-rival Viktor Vekselberg besting him in an arbitration case heading for London yesterday.

Porsche Boxster S

Porsche's Boxster sheds its apologetic skin to reveal the beast within

Jaguar confirms new F-Type will go on sale in 2013

Jaguar confirmed yesterday at the New York Motor Show that it will launch a new sports car, the F-Type, in mid-2013.

Beauty: The best make-up brushes

1. Lip brush

Ship building: Titanic Belfast approaching completion

Titanic endeavour: Simon Calder previews Belfast’s newest attraction

A century after Titanic set sail from Belfast prior to her tragic maiden journey, a £97m tribute to the ship and her makers is almost ready.

The Olympic rings pass Canary Wharf yesterday

'Mirror-effect' torch for Paralympics

A mirrored-effect torch to reflect the light of the Paralympic flame will be used in the London 2012 Paralympic torch relay.

The Veloster is not really the speedy sportster its name suggests

Hyundai Veloster

Enter Hyundai's Veloster – the first three-door car to add up

The great bonus clawback

Rio Tinto bosses became the latest to forgo millions in bonuses yesterday as pressure over payouts moves beyond bankers

The 10 best commuter bikes

1. Giant Halfway City 2

Mary Stuart, New Diorama, London

Faction Theatre Company won this year's Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award, a gong founded by the visionary Blanche Marvin, in recognition of the fact that ensembles -- the best training ground these post-rep days perhaps for young actors -- would benefit generally from having their profiles raised.

Gary Hume: 'Six Poles', 2011

Into the wild with a high-flying YBA

An exhibition of new work by Gary Hume sees him exploring the natural world in his usual pared-back, objective way

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The 10 Best Digital radios

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Michael Cherney, industrialist now wanted by Interpol. Right, Oleg Deripaska, survivor of Russia’s brutal ‘metal wars’

From Russia with hate: aluminium wars spill over into London court

Two more oligarchs are ready to trade blows over disputed billions, despite an Interpol arrest warrant

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Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

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Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

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Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

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