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.

How The Independent covered the Glencore food crisis story yesterday

Vatican urges G20 to convene crisis summit on food prices

Holy See attacks grain speculators for profiting from the most poor and needy on the planet

Leading article: Time to put a stop to speculating on hunger

Even the slightest increase in prices may mean that people go hungry

Glencore chief calls Qatar's bluff on Xstrata

Glencore chief executive Ivan Glasenberg called Qatar's bluff yesterday, giving the strongest sign yet that he will not cave in to its demands to hike his £30bn offer for Xstrata.

Glencore threatens to walk away from Xstrata

Glasenberg resists Qatari attempts to get trader to raise £30bn offer for miner

Diageo sales to top £10bn

Guinness stout-to-Veuve Clicquot champagne producer Diageo will announce that revenue has broken the £10bn mark in its annual results this week.

Slump in metal prices rocks ENRC

The controversial Kazakh miner ENRC counted the cost of plunging metal prices yesterday as profits slumped and the group slashed its interim dividend.

Miners prepare to reveal billion-dollar profit falls

Rio Tinto and Xstrata pincered by rising costs and lower prices

New date for merger showdown

Mining giant Xstrata named 7 September as the new date for shareholders to vote on its controversial, £57bn merger with the Glencore commodities trading group.

Qatar PM calls for a higher price for Xstrata

The prime minister of Qatar yesterday added his voice to the chorus of shareholder opposition to the proposed £57bn mega-merger between Xstrata and Glencore, calling for a higher price to be paid.

Now Knight Vinke joins Glencore-Xstrata tie-up opponents

The proposed £57bn merger between the mining and commodity giants Glencore and Xstrata was dealt a further blow yesterday as another key shareholder, Knight Vinke, said it opposed the deal.

Marina and the Diamonds, Tabernacle, London

Who is the real Marina Diamandis? Is she the emancipated songstress from her debut; the girl who stepped off the quirky bus driven by Regina Spektor? Or is she the archetypal, commercial paradox of her recent album, where she delved even further into the complexities of womanhood? Her apparent glee and fortitude at being both perhaps show that her talents belong on the pedestal of a theatre rather than at a gig.

Glencore could pay £300m if merger fails

£50bn deal with Xstrata at risk as investors call for better terms – but penalties would be high

Winner Takes All, By Dambisa Moyo

A fresh perspective on the Chinese economic race and its link to Africa's natural resources

Xstrata concedes over pay in bid to save £57bn merger

Xstrata has bowed to pressure from angry shareholders over its proposed mining-commodities mega-merger with Glencore, significantly changing controversial plans to pay key executives £170m just to keep them at the combined group if the deal goes through.

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