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

Tips and deals: 30/11/2008

The gear

New from firebox.com, the Wrap-up Tripod is a protective case featuring an integrated stand. Attach the die-cast aluminium tripod to your camera's screw-in socket for use on the move with the minimum of fuss. Price £19.95.

Warring oligarchs bring their battle for nickel mines to shareholders in London

Russian oligarchs Oleg Deripaska and Vladimir Potanin will continue their battle for control of Norilsk, the world's biggest nickel producer, with investor roadshows in London and New York.

Austerity craft: Never mind the flatpacks

Who needs Ikea when your local skip has so much to offer? Drills at the ready as we show how to turn a load of old junk into the hippest of homeware

Brussels rules out Mandelson investigation

The European Commission today attempted to draw a line under the growing clamour for full disclosure about Peter Mandelson's official contacts during his four years as the EU's Trade Commissioner.

The Sketch: A full investigation is the last thing the Government needs

Our back-from-the-brink PM got a yelp of welcome from one of his bench monkeys. He's back on form. Dogged. Sullen. Random, wolfy grin. And, at the end of every answer, a punch, a poke in the eye, a political point. That got him in trouble at the end.

Mandelson defended over billionaire claims

The European Commission's most senior trade official has defended Peter Mandelson over claims of a conflict of interest during his time in Brussels as Trade Commissioner.

Apple's announcement: Aluminium every-thin

In the monitor stakes, bigger was always - until Apple started putting little high-resolution monitors into iPods that were so detailed, you can watch movies on them. Since then, and perhaps also due to environmental and power-saving constraints, nowadays everything new seems to have higher resolution while being slimmer.

Rio Tinto breaks all records with earnings of $6.91bn

Strong commodity prices are helping Rio Tinto, the world's second largest mining company, to beat all its records – and it is still saying no to rival and suitor BHP Billiton.

Rusal calls in mining's big hitters in battle for Norilsk

United Company Rusal, the world's biggest aluminium producer, has shortlisted six candidates to take board positions at Norilsk Nickel, in which it holds a 25 per cent stake.

The Aluminum Show, Pleasance Courtyard

Usually found in the kitchen, humble aluminium is the star of this show (if spelt the American way). Devised by the Tel Aviv dancer Ilan Azriel, with fantastic designs and special effects by Yuval Kedem, the show's whimsical use of the metal offers unalloyed pleasure.

The 50 Best Camping Essentials - Furniture

Whether it’s a rock festival or a faraway field, Simon Usborne finds the tents, togs and tackle for your outdoor adventure

Sailor completes 4,800-mile voyage in wave-powered boat

A Japanese adventurer has completed a three-month journey from Hawaii to Japan in a boat powered by the energy of ocean waves. The 4,800-mile voyage, which began in Honolulu in March, ended as Kenichi Horie's three-ton yacht docked in Wakayama in western Japan late Friday night.

The Ten Best Electric Fans

Cool off this summer with our guide to the best electric fans on the market

Boardroom control in the balance as shareholders vie for Norilsk

Fears are growing that only one independent candidate will win a place on the board of Norilsk Nickel, as the battle for control of the $51.7bn (£26bn) mining giant intensifies tomorrow.

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