News The rise in the cost of groceries has contributed to the rise in people using food banks, such as this one in Poplar

The Government has been accused of protecting corporate profits at the expense of the world’s poorest people by trying to block European Union reforms to curb food speculation.

City gives a warm welcome to Glencore Xstrata debut

Glencore Xstrata shares found favour with the City today on the newly formed mining empire’s first morning of trading as a single company.

Madagascar's Iron Lady Emma Rasolovoahangy believes in minerals

Presidential runner seeks western investors. Mark Leftly reports

Green light for Glencore

Giant commodity trader Glencore is set to get final clearance for its $32 billion (£20.9 billion) takeover of mining group Xstrata some 14 months after it first launched their bid.

Paul Rogers parades the trophy in 1999

FA Cup semi-finals: Paul Rogers caught with his pants down after Wigan's winner in 1989

Paul Rogers will be at today’s FA Cup semi-final hoping that Wigan Athletic can repeat their victory over Millwall in the teams’ previous Wembley meeting, when he scored the only goal of the 1999 Auto Windscreens Shield final.

China's surprise trade deficit as imports surge

The Chinese economy is still growing apace, though it recorded a surprise trade deficit for the month of March as imports surged.

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Glencore-Xstrata deal put off again

The merger between the commodities giants Glencore and Xstrata is set to rumble on for at least another month, as the completion date was pushed back because of investigations in China.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 26 March 2013

Shoppers on credit-card spree

Market Report: Fresnillo left with a free float dilemma

How will punters be able to get their hands on shares in the world's largest silver producer? Mexico's Fresnillo was discussing just that today. The miner is one of a handful of groups on the benchmark index facing a ticking clock – the deadline for their free float to reach 25 per cent is the end of the year.

China holds up Xstrata and Glencore merger on its fears over copper

Glencore's £56bn merger with Xstrata is being held up by the Chinese government on concerns the resulting group could wield too much influence over China's copper market.

Glencore bosses' £270m dividend payouts despite profits dive

The top five directors in Glencore will collectively pocket about $410 million (£270 million) in dividends after the commodities trading giant - and its impending merger partner Xstrata - both revealed tumbling profits for 2012.

Market Report: Glencore joins the boys in Brazil

The billionaire investor Carl Icahn will be sharing a spot on the share register of a Brazilian miner with Glencore. The world's largest commodities trader is hoping to grasp a share of the lucrative iron-ore market to add to its hold on the tradeable zinc, copper, grain and oil sectors, and has bought a holding in Ferrous Resources. Reports suggest it has offered funding to help develop the Viga mine in exchange for a bigger stake in the group.

French family kidnapped in northern Cameroon

A French family of seven - three adults and four children - have been kidnapped in northern Cameroon, President Francois Hollande confirmed

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