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

Idris Khan, Victoria Miro, London

Mystery appeal in dark material

Peugeot RCZ

The new RCZ augurs well for the next generation of Peugeot hot hatchbacks

Vedanta kicks off breakup with $20bn aluminium float

Vedanta Resources, the India-based Ftse 100 miner, is ready to begin a massive break-up of its business with the demerger of its $20bn (£13bn) aluminium division.

Indian miner to list up to six spin-off firms

Vedanta Resources is plotting one of the biggest money-spinning corporate break-ups of a Ftse 100 company in years. The Agarwal family, which has a majority stake in the India-based miner, is considering a spin-off of several of its interests, resulting in five or six companies plus a parent. Vedanta would retain controlling interests in them all, but each would be separately listed.

Investment Column: Severn Trent may be a rare rose in winter

PZ Cussons; Porvair

Vedanta under scrutiny as 100 feared dead at aluminium plant

The safety policies of the London-listed mining giant Vedanta Resources are set to come under scrutiny after an accident at one of its sites in India killed as many as 100 people on Wednesday. The group has already been blacklisted by some investors over ethical and environmental concerns.

Deripaska snubs London over $30bn mining float

United Company Rusal, the Russian aluminium giant run by oligarch Oleg Deripaska, is planning to list in Hong Kong by December in a huge blow to the London Stock Exchange.

Rio Tinto posts big profit drop but pays down debt

Rio Tinto unveiled a record 64 per cent drop in first-half profits yesterday, saying it was "cautious" about the short-term outlook for commodities.

Oligarch challenges court ruling

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska today challenged a court ruling that a £2 billion-plus lawsuit launched against him by a former friend should be tried in England rather than Russia.

Clash of the oligarchs

A mysterious lunch date at the Lanesborough, the Russian mafia claims and the disputed £2bn debt

A breath of fresh air: The new Serpentine pavilion

Is it a silver cloud or a floating pool? Whatever it is, SANAA's new Serpentine pavilion will rocket them into the architectural big league, says Jay Merrick

BMW Z4

This obviously isn’t the best time to be launching a two seater roadster costing upwards of £28,645, but BMW seem confident enough about their new Z4 to predict a respectable sales figure of 3,500 units a year worldwide. Of those, a fairly hefty chunk may well come to the UK: We are the largest market for convertibles in Europe, despite our weather. Or perhaps that should be because of our weather, as we like to make the most of what little sunshine we enjoy. Even in a credit crunch.

Rio shareholder attacks Chinalco deal as watchdog extends probe

Mining company's senior executives accept pay freeze

Millionaire dead in double shooting named

Forensic examinations were under way today at the scene of a double shooting which left a millionaire businessman dead and his partner in hospital.

Michael Williams: Routemasters are just the ticket for hard times

Early in Ken Livingstone's reign as Mayor of London he famously said: "No one but a moron would get rid of the Routemaster." Eventually he had to eat his words as Douglas Scott's icon of the capital creaked to its 50th anniversary and the end of the road. Livingstone saved himself from entire humiliation by retaining two Routemaster tourist routes – No 9 and No 15 – which still ply their way between Harrods and the Tower of London.

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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin