News Michael Dugher has called for action before the 30th anniversary of the so-called Battle of Orgreave on July 18

Shadow Cabinet Officer minister Michael Dugher calls for action before 30th anniversary of the Battle of Orgrave

Lev Leviev

Meet Lev Leviev, the billionaire who lost his sparkle in Cannes jewellery heist

The Carlton Intercontinental hotel on the exclusive Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes was the setting for an extraordinarily brazen diamond heist at the weekend, in which a lone gunman strolled into a jewellery exhibition taking place at the hotel and stuffed a suitcase with millions of pounds worth of Leviev diamonds before walking out. The owner of Leviev diamonds, Lev Leviev, is yet to comment on the theft. Apart from being a billionaire with an amazingly alliterative name,  just who is this wronged bling merchant?

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Union leader Bob Crow seeks to form new 'working class party' to replace Labour

Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, will seek to exploit Labour’s wranglings with trade unions by urging the movement to break ties with Ed Miliband and create a party that “speaks for working people”.

Market Report: Improving news digs miners out of trouble

Miners managed to dig themselves out yesterday after weeks of being in the red as the US bellwether Alcoa reported better than expected results. The aluminium producer is the first to report earnings in the US each quarter, and beat expectations this time around. This, combined with better economic news across the board, a rise in metal prices and news of falling Chinese production costs sent metal miners soaring.

Market Report: Miners in a hole after dollar soars

A better-than-expected US jobs report pushed the dollar up, which in turn melted metal prices yesterday and miners ended up buried at the bottom of the blue-chip index.

The battle for Mandela’s legacy is only beginning

Even before Mandela’s illness, the political parties of South Africa were at loggerheads over their versions of the anti-apartheid struggle. Now the struggle is intensifying

Buyers fail to take a shine to Rio Tinto’s diamonds arm

Diamonds are forever for mining giant Rio Tinto, which today scrapped plans to sell or float its  $2 billion (£1.3 billion)  precious stones division.

Oligarchs set to put in lower bid for ENRC

The scandal-riven oligarchs behind mining group ENRC today looked poised for success in their attempts to buy the company for a knockdown price of £3 billion after they secured the reluctant backing of its biggest shareholder, and rival, Kazakhmys.

Market Report: Bargain-hunters take shine to miners

Bargain-hunters who began their spending spree on Thursday afternoon continued yesterday, and decided mining stocks were still a snip as they piled in. The gold miner Randgold Resources was shining toward the top of the benchmark index and added 122p to 4,881p, while Vedanta Resources put on 27p to 1,212p.

Lonmin worker killed as tension builds again

A shop steward from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was shot dead at one of Lonmin's South African mines yesterday, sparking fears of a renewed cycle of violence in the country's troubled platinum mining belt.

Middlesex host Kent in May 2009, the first match to be played at Lord's under floodlights

England and Wales to host the 2019 Cricket World Cup

The England and Wales Cricket Board can begin the process of allocating matches for the 2019 World Cup after finalising the hosting agreement with the International Cricket Council.

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Zorro returns?

ENRC reveals details of low-ball bid from founders

Shares in the controversial FTSE 100 miner Eurasian Natural Resources (ENRC) dropped yesterday after it confirmed details of an unwanted attempted takeover bid by its oligarch founders and the Kazakhstan government.

James Ashton: Shaken and stirred, Sir John Bond is ousted after digging himself into a hole at miner

Mr Bond, we've been expecting you. The ambush that greeted Sir John Bond in a small Swiss theatre was every bit as dramatic as the assaults his namesake superspy has faced over the years.

Shareholder rebellion claims five scalps at Glencore

Tony Hayward steps into chairman role at resource giant's annual meeting

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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