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Why sloths descend from the safety of the trees once a week to go to the toilet has baffled scientists - but one specialist thinks he has the answer

T&N sale will help asbestos fund

T&N sale will help asbestos fund

Bre-X bosses netted millions on shares

Directors of Bre-X Minerals, the troubled Canadian mining firm, made millions of dollars from share-dealings last year when the stock price was riding high, it emerged yesterday.

Diamond find puts glitter into Emerald Isle

The sleepy valleys of Donegal used to nothing louder than the sound of fly fishermen casting lines could soon face a rush of Klondike proportions following a British company's announcement that important diamond reserves may exist there.

Vital ingredients of life are discovered on Jupiter's moon

Suppose there is someone out there

English China Clays dives into pounds 43m loss

English China Clays, the world's biggest producer of kaolin, yesterday slashed its final dividend by more than 33 per cent and unveiled pounds 95m of exceptional charges as it acknowledged strategic mistakes had been made in the past.

Book review

Never again will a single story be told as if it were the only one." This line, from G by John Berger, was used by Michael Ondaatje as the epigraph for In the Skin of a Lion. It is also there like a watermark, touching every page of Anne Michaels's novel.

T&N gets asbestos reprieve

T&N, the auto components maker, was yesterday given a temporary reprieve from a ruling which could have reopened hundreds of millions of dollars in lawsuits resulting from its past life as an asbestos company.

Inchcape sells ITS for pounds 380m

Inchcape sold its Testing Services business to Charterhouse Development Capital yesterday for about pounds 100m more than analysts' original expectations. The pounds 380m price tag secured by the new managing director, Philip Cushing, will make a big dent in the distribution group's debts, which stood at pounds 463m at the end of last year.

T&N warns on pounds 50m asbestos claims

T&N warned yesterday that it could have to pay out pounds 50m in new asbestos claims if it failed to overturn a recent US court ruling. The courts decided that a multi-million pound industry-wide settlement with claimants was illegal.

English China Clays faces serious shake-up

A large-scale shake-up at English China Clays, the world's biggest producer of minerals for the paper market, was in prospect yesterday after the group warned that continued destocking in the paper industry had hit first- half trading.

SFO flies out to Sumitomo talks

Three Serious Fraud Office investigators fly out to Tokyo today to talk to Japanese officials about the Sumitomo copper scandal.

SIB carpeted trader five years ago

The Sumitomo executive at the centre of the pounds 1.2bn copper scandal was interviewed by Britain's top financial watchdog, the Securities and Investments Board, nearly five years ago after complaints he had attempted to falsify trading documents.

Harmony on a plate

Apple pie without cheese/Is like a kiss without a squeeze.

Council criticised over `asbestos' flats

Westminster under fire: Report says Tory body housed families in danger blocks to thwart `left-wing' buy-out

Profits plunge at Wilson Connolly

Wilson Connolly confirmed the dire state of the house-building market last year with a plunge in sales and profits from its mass-market housing operation, which sells three and four-bedroom houses for about pounds 60,000, writes Tom Stevenson. The fall in profits from pounds 38.2m to pounds 22.5m was well below expectations in the City and the shares tumbled 12p to 162p.
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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Who is Oliver Bonas?

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Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

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Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

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Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent