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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee