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China continues to show off its influence over the London market as some of the big miners took a heavy dent on the first day when most trading desks were full after the festive celebrations.

Zimbabwe increases pressure on miner

Impala Platinum's Zimbabwe unit Zimplats said it is in talks with the government after authorities rejected its black empowerment plan.

Market Report: US takeover chatter helps Kingfisher soar

Kingfisher flew up the blue-chip index last night after vague rumours suggested that two of its fellow DIY retailers from across the Atlantic could both make a move for the B&Q owner.

Rio warning on commodities

Mining giant Rio Tinto warned yesterday that it expects to see high levels of volatility in commodity markets continue, pointing to risks to prices from monetary tightening in the developing world as well as European sovereign debt crises.

Peabody and Arcelor turn hostile in fight for Macarthur

Peabody Energy and the steel giant ArcelorMittal have taken their A$4.7bn (£3.2bn) bid for Macarthur Coal directly to the Australian group's shareholders as its board seeks to drum up interest from rival suitors.

British firms cry foul over Australia's carbon tax

FTSE 100 giants Rio Tinto and International Power have added their voices to the debate about Australia's plans for a carbon tax.

Market Report: Takeover talk engineers gains for blue chip IMI

With market gossips enjoying a busy start to the week, takeover tales continued to dominate investors' attention yesterday as bid rumours pushed forwards a number of companies.

Life On Mars? No, but it's the next best thing

The unearthly landscape of the Rio Tinto in southern Spain makes it ideal for a Red Planet mission test run. Dale Fuchs reports

Market Report: Takeover gossip keeps Ferrexpo on a rich seam

As rumours continued to swirl that a bid approach could be around the corner, Ferrexpo maintained its advance up the mid-tier index last night after investors were told to bet on its long-term potential.

Pollution row hits mining firm supplying Olympic medals

Pollution from the copper mine chosen to produce metal for the medals awarded at the 2012 London Olympics is responsible for up to 200 premature deaths each year, campaigners have claimed.

Aborigines to block uranium mining after Japan disaster

Since Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant began leaking radiation after last month's earthquake and tsunami, those watching with consternation have included the Mirarr Aboriginal people of Australia's Northern Territory, who are determined to limit uranium mining on their land despite the promise of vast riches.

Rio in last-ditch bid for Riversdale

Rio Tinto has changed its tactics in a desperate effort to push through its A$3.9bn (£2.5bn) bid for Australia's Riversdale Mining. Rio has extended the timetable to 6 April and said it would raise the price if it secures more than 47 per cent of the company.

Spanish departments clear Emed's Seville project

Emed Mining has moved a step closer to developing its Rio Tinto project near Seville.

Rio Tinto earnings jump nearly 200 per cent

Rio Tinto's net profit soared to more than $14bn (£8.7bn) in 2010 amid strong demand in Asia for coal and iron ore, prompting the mining giant to launch a massive share buy-back.

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