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Gold miners are having a very tough time of it, but things can only get better. Dominic Frisby explains why, and tips the best mining stocks to buy now.
In September, US non-farm payrolls grew by 142,000, and August's gain was revised down to 136,000 from 173,000. It'sthe first time since 2012 that employment has risen by less than 150,000 for two months in a row.
Having failed to stoke revolution in Bolivia, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, one of history's most famous revolutionaries, was captured by the army and executed on this day in 1967.

Podcast - what VW and the aid industry have in common

This week, Merryn and John discuss skewed incentives – why we can expect more scandals like VW, why the aid industry is holding back Africa, and why big companies aren't as safe as investors think. They also talk about gin.

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Merryn Somerset Webb talks to Alex Perry about the opportunities in Africa's vibrant, innovative economy – and the corrupting influence of the global aid industry.

The Philippines: Asia’s bright star

Emerging markets may be struggling, but the Philippines is still looking bright. Here’s one fund to buy in to the country’s impressive growth.

The copper price won’t bounce far

While the copper price could stage a temporary recovery, don’t count on the bounce lasting.

Markets: FTSE 100 continues to climb

The FTSE 100 continued to climb yesterday, adding a further 0.8% to close at 6,374.

Britain's economic bright spot amid global gloom

While the International Monetary Fund points to a bad year for global growth, Britain’s economy picks up speed.

Chart of the week: jobs slump rules out Fed interest rate hike

A weak US jobs reports has pushed back an expected rise in American interest rates yet further back.

Matt Ridley: when it comes to the economy, no-one’s running the show

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to author Matt Ridley about how nobody is in control of the world economy – and that’ s exactly how it should be.

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