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

From Francis Walsingham to Mohammed Sidique Khan - Surveillance through the ages

Francis Walsingham, who ran Elizabeth I’s secret service, built up a vast spy network to protect the Queen against the very real risk of assassination.

Market Report: Pace still a runner in race for Motorola

Can a Yorkshire firm keep up with the pace in the bidding war for Google's Motorola set-top box business? The official deadline was last night, and Saltaire-based Pace was said to be up against Georgia-based Arris, France's Technicolor and private equity bidders.

'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.

Glencore/Xstrata merger approved

A multibillion-pound merger to create a new natural resources powerhouse was approved by shareholders today - but without paying a controversial retention package to senior managers.

Lonmin gets green light for rights issue

Lonmin, the struggling South African platinum miner, has gained clearance to proceed with a crucial $817m (£513m) rights issue after shareholders voted in favour of the offering.

Bonus snag as Qatar backs Glencore and Xstrata deal

The proposed £56bn merger between Glencore and Xstrata was in effect sealed yesterday, but with a twist, as the key shareholder Qatar blessed it but failed to back a £140m package of retention bonuses.

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.

Striking Amplats workers set to return after new pay offer

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the South African platinum miner, said it expected miners to return to work today after agreeing a new pay deal in an attempt to end two months of wildcat strikes.

Market Report: Miner Talvivaara is in a hole over debt

Although Talvivaara has plugged the leak in its nickel mine, it now might need to plug a gap in its finances. The miner's shares sank more than 30 per cent when it revealed the leak in a gypsum pond at its mine at Sotkamo in eastern Finland on 4 November. Production was halted and the likely financial impact to correct the damage to the environment caused investors to bail out.

Winston expands with BHP deal

Harry Winston, the luxury jeweller with outlets in Harrods and in Bond Street, is expanding the mining side of its business after paying BHP Billiton $500m (£315m) for a controlling stake in a Canadian diamond mine.

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

Pirc urges Xstrata investors to reject Glencore bid

One of Britain's leading shareholder advisory groups has urged Xstrata investors to reject the commodities trader Glencore's $33bn (£21bn) takeover offer.

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