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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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