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The Business On... John Paulson, founder, Paulson & Co

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Forests fight back all over the world

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Wildfires cause £100,000 damage in Scotland

Thousands of heathland fires raged across swathes of the UK today, as the record-breaking dry spell continued.

Finland's paper mills battle the internet

UPM, the world's largest graphic paper producer, is diversifying to cope with falling demand

Sale of 15 per cent of English forests to raise £100m

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Forests sale 'within four years'

Sales of 15% of England's public forests will go ahead within the next four years, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said today.

Enterprise key to recovery says Cameron

David Cameron will put his faith in "hungry" British entrepreneurs today as the coalition struggles to pull UK plc out of the doldrums.

The Hacker: Arrested development after police inspector lays down law

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Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

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How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

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The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

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Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

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Blackest is the new black

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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

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Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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