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

Market Report: Avocet, Chemring dive into bid frame

There is only so far a stock can fall before takeover talk starts circling. The share prices of both Avocet Mining and Chemring have plummeted recently in response to disappointing updates, and yesterday analysts in the Square Mile were suggesting they could now be vulnerable.

The Queen’s expenditure has fallen since 2009, allowing her advisers to boast about frugality

How to spend it like the Queen? Try a £1m asbestos bill

Accounts show Royal family cost us more last year – led by vast repair bill for Buckingham Palace

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Winner Takes All, By Dambisa Moyo

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

Pathfinder Minerals to relist in London after Britain steps into licensing row

Shares in Pathfinder Minerals, the Mozambique-focused miner which suspended trading in November, will relist in London today after an intervention by the UK Government.

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.

Xstrata out to salvage £57bn merger with concessions on bosses' pay

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

Mark Steel: Who gets something for nothing?

How can anyone match that? A PM born into canyons of wealth condemns the "something-for-nothing culture". He's like a great sportsman, a Messi or Usain Bolt, who's so far ahead you can't imagine how to stop him.

Mark Steel: You have to work hard for a silver spoon

How's Cameron planning to stop the £90bn of tax avoidance we suffer?

One of Potash Corp's mines in Saskatchewan, Canada, where a foreign takeover was bitterly opposed

Firm hopes promise of jobs will gather support for potash plans

"There's potash in them thar hills" might lack the potency of the Klondike's rallying cry, but the discovery is causing passions to run high in the North York Moors.

How Whitby fell victim to potash fertiliser fury

Deep beneath the cherished North York Moors lies a valuable mineral that is dividing local people

Diary: when Hansard insisted on 'deleting genitalia'

There is a startling revelation in the latest volume of The Alastair Campbell Diaries, in the entry for 22 May 2003. During a cabinet meeting, the Home Secretary David Blunkett made a brief intervention. "People ought to read Hansard," Blunkett said, "especially when they were recommending 'delete genitalia and insert penis'."

Four students killed by 'motorcycle bomb' in Pakistan

A motorcycle bomb has ripped through a university bus in south western Pakistan, killing four students and injuring 50 people, a police spokesman said.

Fire crews tackle major blaze near to Athens

A major fire south of the Greek capital is raging for the second day, with gale-force winds hampering firefighting efforts.

Chinese buy London Metal Exchange in £1.4bn takeover

One of Britain's last great independent financial markets has agreed to sell itself to China.

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum