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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.

Indian courts close Vedanta copper smelter

Vedanta Resources, the Indian mining company that in recent years has been widely condemned for its human rights and environmental record, suffered another blow yesterday when the high court in Madras ordered a subsidiary of the group to close the world's ninth-biggest copper smelter on environmental grounds.

Gold rush boosts A&B profits

Albemarle & Bond said its gold-buying service contributed nearly a fifth of total profits in its first full year of operation.

ENRC will defend any DRC action

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation yesterday said it would "vigorously" defend any legal action over the ownership of assets it recently bought in the DRC.

First Quantum pulls out of Congo

London-listed First Quantum Minerals has pulled nearly all its expat worers out of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the government seized its Frontier copper mine.

China cheers markets with promise of growth

Upbeat economic data from China and India have helped to support stock markets and the price of copper, and calmed fears of a global "double dip" recession.

Tips that could save Chile's trapped miners

A Briton who spent 105 days alone in a cave offers advice to the 33 men who may be underground until Christmas

Chilean football star is among 33 people trapped in mine collapse

Former international whose playing days ended before era of big wages turned to mining after retirement

H&T Group's profits up 71 per cent

The UK's largest pawnbroker posted a 71 per cent surge in half-year profits to £14.5m yesterday after volumes at its "Gold Bars" shopping-centre sites more than tripled.

Trapped miners in fine voice after receiving fresh supplies

Singing the national anthem in a full-throated chorus, 33 miners trapped deep underground thanked their rescuers and settled in for a long wait until a tunnel wide enough to pull them out can be carved through half a mile of solid rock.

Chile starts four-month rescue of 33 miners

Engineers reinforced a lifeline today to 33 miners entombed deep inside a Chilean gold and copper mine, preparing to keep them supplied with food, water, medicine and communications during the four months it may take to carve a tunnel wide enough to pull them out.

Manganese deal with Geely off

Geely Auto has withdrawn its £14m offer to buy a controlling stake in Manganese Bronze, the maker of London's black cabs.

Xstrata outlines $5bn growth plan as earnings soar

Xstrata is planning to invest more than $5bn (£3bn) in new projects as its focus shifts from acquisitions to organic growth.

Peter Popham: Vedanta's very embarrassing silence

Imagine it: a room full of suits in London's austere and business-like Institute of Civil Engineers, engaged in a passionate debate about religion. That was the scene on Wednesday at the annual general meeting of the London-based and LSE-listed mining company Vedanta, which has been trying for years to get permission to mine bauxite on Nyamgiri, a mountain in the east Indian state of Orissa.

Owner of Spain's Riotinto copper mine plans move to the LSE's main board

Emed Mining, the owner of the 5,000-year-old Riotinto copper mine in south-west Spain, is considering a move to the main board of the London Stock Exchange.

Return to King Solomon's Spanish mine

Fire, floods and legal fights did not deter Emed from digging at Riotinto. Mark Leftly reports from Seville on a great comeback
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