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

Soil on Mars 'is like Hawaii'

Scientists say the Martian soil at NASA's Curiosity Rover's landing site contains minerals similar to that found on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano.

Mittal puts his business first with $350m cut to dividend payout

Lakshmi Mittal, ArcelorMittal's chief executive and a 41 per cent shareholder, is set to lose dividends worth about $350m (£217m) after proposing to slash investor payouts at the steel maker by nearly three-quarters next year.

Album: Calvin Harris, 18 Months (Fly Eye)

Following Kelis's somewhat perfunctory opening verse, Scotland's answer to David Guetta hits his stride about a minute into "Bounce", and stays on it for pretty much the entire album, his pumping, Brutalist synth-stomp riffs ploughing an extended furrow in which a succession of vocalists – Rihanna, Tinie, Ne-Yo, Dizzee and the like – sow their meagre seeds. The poorest served is hapless Ellie Goulding, struggling against the hurtling momentum of "I Need Your Love"; more successful is Florence Welch on "Sweet Nothing". But the killer cut remains the collaboration with Dutch DJ Nicky Romero on "Iron", a berserk, Prodigy-esque blend of wailing banshee synths and quacking dubstep hook.

FTSE 100 loses another female boss as Anglo American's Cynthia Carroll steps down

The FTSE 100 Index is to lose another female chief executive after Cynthia Carroll announced she is to step down as boss of Anglo American.

South African miners win small pay rise

The Chamber of Mines announced yesterday that it had agreed with gold-mining companies and the National Union of Mineworkers to raise miners' monthly salaries by up to R500 (£35).

Copper mine problems a headache for Xstrata

Problems at its huge copper mine in Chile have provided a fresh headache for the mining giant Xstrata, which is in the throes of a $32bn (£20bn) takeover by commodities trading giant Glencore.

Xstrata is hit by worries at Chilean mine

Problems at its huge copper mine in Chile have provided a fresh headache for the mining giant Xstrata, which is in the throes of a $32bn (£20bn) takeover by the commodities trading giant Glencore.

Amplats tots up strike costs

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said it has lost 1.1bn rand (£78m) in revenues as a result of strikes at its mines in South Africa.

The art of light: This light offers an interesting interplay of light and shade when lit, but is also a pleasingly sculptural object when not in use. £45 johnlewis.com

Rays of hope

There's no point looking back – the incandescent bulb is dead. Trish Lorenz tracks down the LED lights to get the mood just right this autumn

Cookson braced for a hit as Europe reins in its steel production

One of the UK's oldest industrial companies has warned its profits will be materially below hopes due to a slide in European steel production.

Third platinum chief executive quits

The chief executive of Aquarius Platinum has resigned as pressure mounts across the South African precious metal industry, with falling prices and violent wage protests.

A striking display from workers in iron-ore sector

A series of wildcat miners' strikes in South Africa spread to the iron-ore sector yesterday and hit another gold firm in an escalation of the labour unrest that is testing President Jacob Zuma's leadership.

Richemont buys Swiss watch firm

The Swiss group behind the luxury brands Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC has snapped up a small watch parts maker.

EU to vet £50bn mining merger

The battleground over the £50bn mining megamerger of Xstrata and Glencore is expected to move from the City to Europe tomorrow.

Mining giants locked in final talks on terms of deal

Xstrata and Glencore were scrambling to sort out their differences yesterday ahead of Monday's deadline to agree the final terms of an $80bn (£50bn) mining and commodity trading mega-merger between the two.

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Diana Krall interview

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