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Miners left reeling as copper price crashes

Prices hit a six-year low last week but the metal’s versatile properties augur well<p>A few years ago, copper theft in the UK was such a problem that BT had to douse cables in an invisible liquid that glowed green on criminals’ hands when cast under a special light.<p>The metal is valuable for its …

For many people this Black Friday, a bargain was no longer enough

By now, the dust has settled from Black Friday, which in the US marks the post-Thanksgiving kickoff to the Christmastime consumer frenzy. It’s when Apple products, Legos, and cashmere scarves replace turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.<p>This very American tradition has even spread to Britain, …

Bestsellers

How one Syrian refugee wound up bringing his dying wife with him to Greece

When the boat arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos, his wife was dead.<p>Some 100 refugees have died trying to make the treacherous crossing from Turkey to Lesbos, including more than 60 on one tragic night in October, when a trawler sank in high seas. The dangers are well known, but people keep …

Boats

This is why it's impossible for Londoners to buy a house any time soon

The dearth in basic supply and rising demand mean prices have skyrocketed to £286,000 on average across the country, according to the Office for National Statistics. And guess what? — the level of home ownership in the UK is falling to its lowest level in almost 3 decades.<p>But anyone looking to buy …

Housing

Queen Elizabeth Meets With Commonwealth in Malta: Pictures

Climate Change