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Last year Carphone Warehouse hung up on its partnership with US retailer Best Buy, but today it picked up new partner Samsung and approving investors piled in.

Blood, rage & history: The world's first terrorists

We think of jihadism as a modern creation, but a major new TV film reveals how the 19th-century anarchist movement was equally nihilistic – and equally deadly.

Shadow boxing is over for Xstrata and Anglo

Anglo American's fight for independence begins in earnest during the next two weeks, says Alistair Dawber

Anglo American warns of double dip in Chinese commodities demand

There are still doubts about the recovery in commodity prices, according to the chief executive of mining giant Anglo American, who yesterday warned that the soaring price rises of some metals in the last few months is unlikely to be sustained.

Xstrata reaches out to Anglo investors

British and Swiss mining giant says cost savings alone justify merger with its rival

Market Report: Kazakhmys in spotlight as Footsie falls

The FTSE 100 fell back amid a bout of profit-taking last night but Kazakhmys closed broadly unchanged after an influential broker said the mining group offered the best leverage to stronger economic growth.

Xstrata plots $700m sale of Chile's El Morro mine

Xstrata, the Ftse-100 mining group that is locked in a merger battle with peer Anglo American, is in talks to sell a key project in South America for up to $700m (£420m).

Market Report: Kazakhmys climbs on copper price hopes

Kazakhmys was the strongest of the blue-chip miners last night, rising by more than 4 per cent, or 40p, to 954p, as investors piled in on hopes of copper price gains.

Xstrata refuses to up Anglo bid

Anglo holds out as Xstrata EPS tumbles 77 per cent

Market Report: Miners enjoy copper-bottomed gains

Copper producers, including Antofagasta, up 7.6 per cent or 54p at 762.5p, and Kazakhmys, up 5.8 per cent or 45.5p at 833.5p, rallied last night, as investors piled in on the prospect of another spike in the metal's price.

Xstrata confirms bid for Anglo American

Xstrata approaches Anglo American for talks on a £41bn merger designed to create a mining behemoth

Endgame, Channel 4<br>Inspector George Gently, BBC1

The end to apartheid is hammered out in the most unlikely setting in a starrily cast historical drama

Banks and miners take market below 4,000

The FTSE 100 came off the boil last night, with leading miners falling prey to a round of profit-taking amid worries about the sustainability of the recent strength in the price of copper.

Market Report: Copper-bottomed rally lifts mining sector

Vedanta Resources led the mining sector last night, swinging to first place on the FTSE 100 as the price of copper touched a six-month high.

Market Report: SocGen advises clients to sell StanChart

Standard Chartered was in focus yesterday after Société Générale advised investors to move out of the stock, arguing that a combination of falling revenues, rising bad loans and high costs weighed on the investment case.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game