Introduction: Upstart Xstrata makes a multi-billion dollar approach for Anglo-American, the establishment mining company; the turf battle over banking regulation intensifies in the UK; the Iranian authorities tighten a noose around the opposition; and Michael Jackson, the Peter Pan of pop, dies in California, aged 50.
Award watch: Barney Jopson’s articles on the political and economic impact of water aid in Asia and Africa won a distinguished mention in despatches in the Martha Gellhorn prize.
And if you missed the Financial Times or ft.com this past week, you would have missed the following top ten items:
The FT did extremely well in the Society of Publishers in Asia awards, the region’s most prestigious, taking five top slots and a runner-up prize.
Joe Leahy’s coverage of the Mumbai bombings, together with pieces on the struggles of Indian farmers and sweeping changes in corporate India, won him Journalist of the Year Award.
Online coverage of the Olympics won us the Best Digital category.
Tom Mitchell led a story on David Li and a settlement related to alleged insider trading that picked up Scoop of the Year.
The FT also won for best Newspaper Design, Best Feature Writing (FT Chinese) and runner up in the Special Feature award for its annual China Report.
In London, Steve Johnson won the journalists’ journalist award in the Ignis Asset management awards.