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

The Skoda Rapid is roomier than the previous-model Octavia but doesn't look overly bulky

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Cultural life: Lucy Rose, singer

Music

I listen to the Maccabees’ new album Given to the Wild all the time, especially if I’m travelling anywhere. The guitar work is incredible, such as the double guitar harmonies.

Call for nationalisation of South African resources

The controversial politician Julius Malema yesterday said black South Africans are worse off than during apartheid and launched a hit list for nationalisation as he capitalised on discontent over the Marikana mine massacre.

Antofagasta hit by prices drop

The Chilean copper miner Antofagasta has reported a 7.2 per cent drop in first-half profits, as falling prices and higher exploration costs outweighed the benefit of higher output from its Esperanza project.

South Africa seeks Lonmin mine peace but wage deal may be elusive

Feuding South African unions, platinum producer Lonmin and government officials tried on Wednesday to broker a peace accord at a mine where 44 people were killed in the worst such violence since the end of apartheid.

Nasa releases first Mars images from Curiosity rover

Nasa yesterday showed off the first high-resolution, colour portrait images taken by the Mars rover Curiosity, detailing a mound of layered rock where scientists plan to focus their search for the chemical ingredients of life on the Red Planet.

Lonmin woes pile up as its chief will be off sick for 'some months'

Lonmin's troubles continued to mount yesterday as the owner of the South African platinum mine where police shot dead 34 workers last week announced that its chief executive, Ian Farmer, would be off work for "some months".

Market Report: African Minerals falls as mine falters

It is usually retailers that blame the weather for bad business but it was the turn of Frank Timis's African Minerals to blame wet weather for a cut in production targets at its Sierra Leone flagship mine.

Miners mourned across South Africa

Grieving families were mourning today at memorial services for 34 striking miners killed by police, as South Africa asked who gave the orders and who must be blamed.

BHP Billiton sees a dive in profits

BHP Billiton has delayed its planned $20bn (£13bn) Olympic Dam copper expansion and said no major projects would be approved in the year to June 2013, as it battles escalating capital costs.

Market Report: Mining strife threat to Anglo American

The unrest that struck Lonmin's platinum mines in South Africa is swiftly spreading and has now hit mining giant Anglo American. Anglo American Platinum – Amplats – the world's largest platinum producer, which is 80 per cent owned by Anglo American, has admitted that it has received demands for higher wages from its workers – sparking fears the conflict at Lonmin's Marikana mine, which left 44 dead, is spreading.

Higher wage demands spread to other South African mines

South African President Jacob Zuma traveled today to a mine where police killed 34 strikers and wounded another 78, causing outrage and eroding support for the party that has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid.

Glencore chief calls Qatar's bluff on Xstrata

Glencore chief executive Ivan Glasenberg called Qatar's bluff yesterday, giving the strongest sign yet that he will not cave in to its demands to hike his £30bn offer for Xstrata.

Market Report: Fresnillo glisters as gold price soars

As the price of gold hit a three-month high, metal miners from around the world shone brighter with Mexico's Fresnillo top of the FTSE 100 leader board.

Diageo sales to top £10bn

Guinness stout-to-Veuve Clicquot champagne producer Diageo will announce that revenue has broken the £10bn mark in its annual results this week.

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