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

Lonmin poaches new chief executive from Amplats

Lonmin, the beleaguered platinum miner, has appointed Amplats' head of engineering, Ben Magara, as chief executive. He will start on 1 July, replacing Ian Farmer, who stepped down last August due to illness.

Kazakhmys shares dive as it takes $2bn hit on ENRC

Shares in FTSE 100 copper miner Kazakhmys tumbled by more than 7 per cent yesterday after it wrote down the value of its stake in fellow Kazakh miner ENRC by $2.2bn (£1.4 bn).

Market Report: Countrywide debut cheers IPO market

Countrywide got off to a lively start on the London Stock Exchange yesterday as shares in Britain's biggest estate agent raced up 13 per cent to 397p, valuing the business at £848m. The shares had already been priced at the top of the range at 350p and experts said the high first-day premium bodes well for the £1.3bn flotation of Esure at the end of this week. The insurer is expected to be priced at the top of a 275p to 310p range today in time for trading to start tomorrow.

Album: Telemann, 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin - Maya Magub (CDR)

Published in 1735, Telemann's Fantasias were long dismissed as music for amateurs and compared unfavourably with Bach's Sonatas and Partitas.

BHP Billiton facing 'corruption' inquiry into Beijing Olympics

BHP Billiton faces the threat of a multimillion-dollar fine after American and Australian anti-corruption authorities began to investigate allegations that it provided inducements, hospitality and gifts to Chinese officials in the run-up to the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Glencore bosses' £270m dividend payouts despite profits dive

The top five directors in Glencore will collectively pocket about $410 million (£270 million) in dividends after the commodities trading giant - and its impending merger partner Xstrata - both revealed tumbling profits for 2012.

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The Last Runaway, By Tracy Chevalier

Pioneer America and the fight for abolition meet in a novel as artfully stitched as its quilts

New finance chief for Rio as big mining shuffle goes on

The changing of the guard continued in the FTSE 100 mining industry as Rio Tinto appointed Chris Lynch, a former finance head at BHP Billiton, as its chief financial officer.

Cyclone Rusty heads for Australian north west

Australia's major iron ore port was shut down and residents along a remote stretch of the country's west coast ordered to take shelter as a powerful cyclone bore down on the region today, bringing drenching rains and lashing winds.

Market Report: City scents a $17bn golden opportunity

A deal between the owner of basketball team Brooklyn Nets and two Russian retail and fruit juice tycoons yesterday got the City speculating that a $17bn (£11bn) miner could be created in the wake of the sale.

BHP Billiton becomes third FTSE 100 global mining giant to change CEO in as many months

BHP Billiton became the third of the FTSE 100 global mining giants to change its chief executive in as many months as the industry braces itself for a long period of sluggish resources prices.

Amplats counts the cost of wildcat strikes

The world’s-biggest platinum producer, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), lost 6.3 billion rand  (£44.9 million) last year after it was hit by two months of wildcat strikes and lost production.

Rio Tinto's new man at top wins praise from investors

£8.7bn writedowns blow but hopes are voiced of a 'hard-nosed' era for miner

Amplats fuels strike fears after it cuts 14,000 jobs in South Africa

Anglo American Platinum risked triggering a repeat of last year's violent strikes in the South African mining industry today as it announced plans to mothball two mines and sell another, with the loss of 14,000 jobs.

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