Andrew Mackenzie, the Anglo-Australian company's chief executive, said the mining industry was in a “new era” and needed “a different dividend policy to handle that”.
BHP duly slashed its dividend by 74%.
A proposal that would have seen a Chinese tech company take a stake in an American one fell apart after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a government body, said it would open an investigation.
中国科技公司清华紫光（Tsinghua Unigroup，北京清华大学下属控股子公司）原本可以以38亿美元收购美国西部数据（Western Digital，总部位于加利福尼亚州欧文镇）15%的股份，
The $3.8 billion deal would have given Tsinghua Unigroup, which is linked to Tsinghua University in Beijing, a 15% holding in Western Digital, which is based in Irvine, California.
不过在美国外国投资委员会（Committee on Foreign Investment）决定调查该交易后，双方达成的协议破裂。
Sharp, a struggling Japanese electronics company, said it had agreed to a takeover from Foxconn, a Taiwanese firm that assembles the iPhone in China.
But Foxconn announced a delay to sealing the bid because Sharp had inserted new terms into their agreement.
Foxconn had bid for Sharp against a fund backed by the Japanese government.
Sysco, an American company that is the world's largest supplier of catering food, agreed to buy Brakes Group, a food-services firm in Britain with operations in other European countries, in a deal valued at $3.1 billion.
Brakes supplies food to pubs as well as hospitals, restaurants and schools.
The rhetoric intensified between the FBI and Apple over a legal order to get the company to unlock an iPhone used by one of the attackers in last December's terrorist attack in California.
A Department of Justice filing claimed that Apple's argument—that unlocking the phone would weaken its encryption protections—was a marketing ploy to strengthen its business model.
Tim Cook, Apple's boss, said that what the FBI was asking it to do was the “software equivalent of cancer”.
America's consumer-safety commission deemed that no brand of hoverboard (self-balancing scooters that don't actually hover) currently on the market is safe.
The agency said it had received 52 reports of fires caused by batteries overheating in hoverboards in the past few months, which in two cases caused homes to burn down.
该委员会称过去的几个月就已收到52份关于该滑板电池过热导致着火的报道，其中有两起滑板着火导致房屋烧毁。翻译：倪凌晖 叶露 校对：林朵朵
1.law enforcement 执法部门
例句:The SEC, however, functions as law enforcement.
2.involve in 介入
例句:A late booking may involve you in extra cost.
3.in terms of 依据
例句:This is an ecological approach, the occurrence of disease is examined in terms of the interrelationship between man and his total environment.
4.attempt to 试图
例句:He made a desperate attempt to hijack a plane.