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New chief Andrew Mackenzie confident BHP Billiton can achieve 16% growth in two years

England coach Andy Flower (L) and captain Alastair Cook (R) look set to continue in their roles despite coming under-fire for the dismal Ashes series performance

Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook and Andy Flower to remain as captain and coach respectively

The ECB chief executive David Collier has given his backing to the under-fire pair

The 10 best hair tools

Want to make a style statement this NYE? Try one of these curlers, stylers and straighteners on your locks to see in 2014 with a new do

Nelson Mandela is gone, but South Africa will thrive says Anglo

Anglo American's links with South Africa are so entrenched that it has been described as running like a spine through the country's history. The founder of the FTSE 100 mining titan, Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, established it there in 1917, sowing the seeds of a giant empire in diamonds, gold and minerals.

Gabriel Resources gold plans suffer setback, as Romanian parliament rejects mining law

A parliamentary vote in Romania has rejected revisions to a new mining law that would have allowed Gabriel Resources, a Canadian mining company, to create Europe’s largest open cast gold mine in the Transylvanian village of Rosia Montana.

Bumi investors move closer to Bakrie split-up

Shareholders will vote on the separation on the week commencing 16 December

The 10 Best slippers

The cold snap’s coming and it’s tempting to hibernate inside. Don’t forget to keep your feet warm in a snuggly pair of slippers. Here’s our pick of the best – there’s a pair for every family member

Hicks arrests a juvenile delinquent in ‘The Lily White Boys’ at London’s Royal Court in 1960

Barbara Hicks: Veteran of stage and television who excelled in period dramas and worked with Olivier, Coward and Ayckbourn

Among those actors who never starred but always shone, Barbara Hicks is guaranteed a place. She was at the Royal Court during its ascendant years, and her time at the National Theatre would reflect its own first quarter of a century, from being directed by Laurence Olivier in The Crucible (1965) – for which she had the appropriate Puritan countenance – at the Old Vic, to performing on the South Bank stage named after him, in Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business (1987).

Market Report: Miners draw the bargain hunters

Punters on the hunt for a bargain turned to the metal diggers yesterday.

Party bursars hope Margaret Thatcher’s image will swell the party coffers

Tory conference: Any old Iron Lady for sale in the party's curiosity shop

Say what you like about the Tories but they do have a sense of humour. The highlight of this year's conference will be the "Our Maggie" souvenir shop, an emporium of Thatcher-themed tat endorsed by the party.

IMI appoints Mark Selway as new CEO as Martin Lamb retires

IMI boss Martin Lamb stepped down today from the engineering group after 13 years in the top job. He will be replaced by former Weir Group chief executive Mark Selway on 1 January, before retiring from IMI’s board at its AGM later in the year.

Kloppers picks up $16 million in his final year at BHP Billiton

Marius Kloppers, one of the biggest names in world mining, was paid $16 million (£10 million) in his  final year leading BHP Billiton, it emerged today.

Market Report: Fed shock puts the shine back on gold

City traders are fickle types, and yesterday the only thing they appeared interested in was stocks that dig up yellow metal. The markets surged after the shock news that the US Federal Reserve will not reduce its current asset purchasing programme – much to the surprise of many who had predicted a tapering of quantitative easing. As the markets took it on board, the dollar weakened and gold, in turn, jumped.

Police check the bodies of miners after opening fire on the strikers outside the Nkageng settlement last August

Police in South Africa 'lied about killing 34 miners' during pay strikes

Commission of inquiry finds police falsified and withheld documents and gave fabricated accounts of events in August last year

Market Report: Bid talk casts Shire as buyer, not target

Traders have named the pharmaceuticals group Shire as a takeover target more times than they have taken paracetamol, but yesterday the City was overdosing on rumours that Shire was lining up a takeover of a US drug group.

Afghan mine collapse kills at least 27 workers

The deaths follow a mine collapse in December in which 11 men were believed to have died

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions