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

Centamin surges after production boom

The gold miner Centamin shrugged off its recent troubles in Egypt today as it shattered production targets, sending the company's shares surging.

One of the eight Monopoly tokens is being relegated to history in favour of a replacement that 'reflects the interests of today's players'

Will they give the Scottie dog the boot? Monopoly board game makers launch online vote to scrap one of its famous playing pieces

Fans will be able to 'vote in' a more up-to-date replacement piece

Australian Mark Cutifani is taking over as chief executive of Anglo American in April

Anglo American finds a safe pair of hands

Mark Cutifani has an impressive CV, but he will need all his experience to handle what's regarded as the toughest job in mining

AngloGold Ashanti boss Mark Cutifani will succeed Cynthia Carroll as Anglo American’s chief executive

Aussie veteran to take on the top job at Anglo American

Speculation over who will succeed Cynthia Carroll as Anglo American’s chief executive ended today as AngloGold Ashanti boss Mark Cutifani was appointed to what has been dubbed “the toughest job in mining”.

Ancient bridge succumbs to flood’s force

Floodwater swept away one of Britain’s oldest bridges yesterday and forced the cancellation of the New Year’s Day race meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse as rain again lashed the country.

'White knight' Abramovich buys $2bn stake in Norilsk Nickel

Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club, is seeking to end a four-year power struggle between two fellow Russian resources heavyweights after agreeing to buy a $2bn (£1.2bn) stake in their company Norilsk Nickel.

Abramovich acts as white knight with £1.2bn plunge into Russian miner row

Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea football club, is seeking to end a four-year power struggle between two fellow Russian resources heavyweights after agreeing to buy a $2bn (£1.2bn) stake in their company Norilsk Nickel.

Handing over: 'The future for the men's side looks really positive,' says Kristian Thomas of the Olympic legacy

Kristian Thomas: Setting the bar higher

The gymnast who ended Britain's 100-year wait for a men's Olympic team medal explains that he and his fellow competitors aim to build on the nation's appreciation of their skills when they compete in Glasgow next weekend

Ian Skelly, Cut from a Star (Watertown)

Former Coral drummer-turned-multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Ian Skelly's solo debut was apparently inspired by a fevered hallucination. Small wonder, then, that it has a slightly miasmic, blurry texture and heady sound that harks back to the late-Sixties heyday of British psychedelia. "Cut from a Star" suggests what Pink Floyd might have sounded like augmented with Roy Wood's cellos; and spangly guitar arpeggios, flute and mellotron make "Paper Sky" a real throwback to the Summer of Love. Elsewhere, "Caterpillar" –doubtless smoking a hookah – gradually submerges beneath extraneous found-sounds, while Skelly's pastoral harmonies are best employed on the wyrd-folk-rock of "Nickel and a Dime".

Another grey trained by David Pipe, Dynaste

Pipe plots familiar Dynaste storyline

The usual suspects dominated at Cheltenham yesterday, when David Pipe and Paul Nicholls landed a double apiece on the opening day of a meeting they always target as the first major skirmish of the campaign. The success of Uncle Junior for Willie Mullins meanwhile testified that the most powerful stable in Ireland is also stirring from his summer repose.

James Moore: Qataris are right to stand back from voting for these Xstrata retention deals

Outlook Thanks to the Qataris, Glencore boss Ivan Glasenberg's protracted quest to win control of Xstrata is now all but over. The oil-rich state's sovereign wealth fund will likely carry the day for him because, even though the structure of this mining mega-merger means that only 16 per cent of Xstrata shareholders saying "no" could kill it, there isn't enough stomach among the rest to torpedo it now the big dog is laying at Mr Glasenberg's feet.

Lonmin in plea to its investors

The beleaguered South African platinum miner Lonmin has made an impassioned plea to investors to support its $817m (£514m) rights issue, with a stark warning that its future would be in jeopardy if they didn't.

Obama's re-election: a time for prayer?

Dear Lord... Energy firm boss's prayer after Obama re-election

For the chairman and chief executive of Murray Energy, an Ohio-based coal company, the reelection of President Barack Obama was no cause for celebration. It was a time for prayer — and layoffs.

Rebuffed Xstrata set to make new bid for Lonmin

Strikes at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in South Africa pushed it to a $698m loss

Tom Bawden: Rivals will keep outperforming Anglo American

Investment View: Cynthia Carroll didn't do such a bad job in an extremely difficult situation

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