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Canadian confectioners, with a poll revealing that 38 per cent of Canadian women prefer chocolate to love-making. The figure was highest among French- speakers, with 77 per cent of Quebec women lusting more than anything after a good bar of chocolate.

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Progress, as building work began on the first McDonald's restaurant in the islands of the South Pacific. "This is something I have been dreaming of for a long time," Western Samoan finance minister Tuilaepa Sailele said. "It is synonymous with progress."