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 this past week, you would have missed the following top ten items:, a news prediction site, has been comparing the predictions for 2008 made by assorted media organisations – and awarded the FT’s “crack corp of pundits” top marks.

If that success makes you want to take another look what we think lies ahead in 2009, you can find that here.

Jamil Anderlini, FT correspondent in Beijing, won print/web feature of the year at the UK Foreign Press Association Awards for his multimedia reporting on Chinese peasants’ demands for land rights.

Of particular note is that Jamil’s coverage combined text and video, using each to their advantage – text for depth and analysis, video for immediacy.

Credit, too, to Du Juan, who did the filming, and to Darryl Thompson and Fang Wang in London who edited the footage into a tight narrative.

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