FTSE 100 dragged lower by mining stocks

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(Close): Leading London shares closed lower, dragged down by mining stocks.

The FTSE 100 index fell by 49.52 points, or 0.78%, at 6260.9, with Anglo American and BHP Billiton among the biggest losers.

It comes after Asian markets sank again, following pre-weekend losses on Wall Street.

It is a busy week ahead globally, with policy meetings at the US Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan as well as earnings reports from major firms.

Winners included Imperial Brands, Berkeley Group, British Land Company, and ITV.

On the currency markets, the pound rose 0.56% against the dollar to $1.4489, and was 0.06% higher against the euro at €1.2856.