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

Miners hope Afghan law change could spark a modern 'gold rush'

Mineral rich, but war-torn Afghanistan is to reform its mining laws in what operators in the country say could spark a "gold rush" in the country.

Ousted South Africa ANC youth leader Julius Malema blames police in mine deaths

Miners and their families welcomed expelled politician Julius Malema today as he told the thousands who gathered at the site where 34 miners were killed this week that South African police had no right to fire the live bullets that killed them.

Cheering crowds welcome London 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning heptathlete Jessica Ennis back to her home city Sheffield

Olympics golden girl Jessica Ennis has told thousands of people in her home city: "This is my home and this is the place that I love."

Riot police at the Markikana mine yesterday

Mine 'bloodbath' shocks post-apartheid South Africa

Police shot dead more than 30 at Marikana mine; Brutal images shock post-apartheid South Africa; President Zuma cuts short Mozambique trip; World platinum prices spike, Lonmin shares slump

South African police 'open fire on striking miners'

Television footage showed at least seven bodies lying on the ground

Pirc calls for protest over Vedanta

Pirc, the UK shareholder advisory group, is calling on investors to stage a protest vote over hefty Indian political donations by Vedanta, the London-listed, India-focused mining group, in the run-up to key state elections.

Ed Miliband will promise to reform the culture of the big banks; Ed Balls accused the SFO of being 'tardy'

Miliband heads to Corby to fire up voters

With a by-election looming, the Labour leader is desperate to get his man into the seat vacated by Louise Mensch. By Oliver Wright

The island of Tonga was often visited by pirates and is believed to be the last resting place of the Port-au-Prince

Wreck may be sunken British pirate ship

The wreck of a 19th-century pirate ship believed to contain a hoard of sunken treasure may finally have been found off Tonga, according to officials in the South Pacific island nation.

The island of Tonga was often visited by pirates and is believed to be the last resting place of the Port-au-Prince

South Pacific wreck may be full of pirate treasure

The wreck of a 19th-century pirate ship believed to contain a hoard of treasure may finally have been found off Tonga, according to officials on the South Pacific island.

Mary Dejevsky: One way for MPs to have it all

When Louise Mensch resigned this week as an MP, she said she wanted to keep her family together. This is a choice that relationships across distances tend sooner or later to demand, and – old-fashioned though it seems – it still tends to be the woman who moves. For MPs representing constituencies outside London, an MP's life requires enough commuting; Mensch concluded that adding another home, on another continent, was one too far.

Xstrata profits slump as commodity prices decline

Xstrata, the mining giant that is pursuing a £57bn mega-merger with Glencore, yesterday reported a 42 per cent tumble in first-half profits as commodity prices fell sharply.

This is how you see sailing

Why sailing is not a spectator sport

The action is out there but, asks Chris McGrath, does anyone actually know what's happening?

Advice to Europe - from Britain's richest man

Even Lakshmi Mittal is feeling the economic pain. The metals magnate tells James Ashton what he would do about it
The convention venue’s location next to the harbour is a top concern

Tampa in lockdown – because the Republican convention is coming

Protesters and terror attacks among the potential threats

Miners prepare to reveal billion-dollar profit falls

Rio Tinto and Xstrata pincered by rising costs and lower prices
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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

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Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

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Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

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Bradley Cooper is terrific