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PERHAPS JULIAN Ogilvie Thompson suffered a blinding flash on the road to Damascus or something, but the words used in yesterday's statement announcing the merger of Anglo American with Minorco and its shift of domicile from Johannesburg to London - "focused management and accountability, operational control of core assets, simplicity and transparency of structure" - are not those generally associated with the Oppenheimers' Byzantine corporate empire. Indeed, the two things would seem pretty much a contradiction in terms.

Anglo American creates pounds 6bn London giant

Mining merger: After 81 years, Anglo re-invents itself for the post-apartheid era

Anglo approach to Minorco

Anglo American, the South African mining and financial giant, has approached its affiliate company Minorco about a move which "may have an effect on the share price of each company", the Luxembourg-based mining group announced yesterday. Minorco is 46 per cent owned by Anglo, while the De Beers diamond group holds a 23 per cent stake and the Oppenheimer family controls a further 7 per cent.

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THE MARKET crash has sent investors scurrying for commodities which will be proof against the slump in shares but still give a strong rise in value as soon as growth resumes. Gold, platinum and diamonds are often used as refuges in times of uncertainty.

Minorco ponders first dividend cut

MINORCO is considering the first dividend cut in its 70-year history after first-half operating profits fell 26 per cent to $303m (pounds 180m) as commodity prices - most importantly copper, ammonia fertiliser and methanol - stayed weak after collapsing in the latter part of 1997.

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Dublin gangster Martin Cahill was killed by the IRA. But now he has been immortalised in John Boorman's film 'The General'. His life of crime was made for cinema. By Alan Murdoch

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If you doubt the power of the poster to catch your eye or sell you something, remember these words: 'Hello Boys'. Sold? Richard Cook visits the V&A

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Russia set to sign diamond deal

After more than a year of on-off negotiations, De Beers finally hopes to sign its long-awaited diamond marketing deal with Russia on April 15.

The late ticker: Diamond deal near

Russia may sign a new marketing deal with diamond giant De Beers as early as this week, according to the latest noises from its industry ministry.

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Double deals in Russia's new stone age

According to De Beers, Moscow is not playing fair in the diamond game. Paul Farrelly reports

Crowning glory at Tower exhibition

Further temptation will be unveiled this week at the Tower of London for the natural successors to Colonel Blood and the deranged woman who made a grab for the Imperial State Crown of George I in 1815.

De Beers beats record

Gem sales to hit pounds 3bn, but marketing deal with Russia breaks down
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