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Critics like to cite research showing the rise in the world’s average surface temperatures has slowed down since 1998. But is it true?

A worker is scanned for radiation as he enters the emergency operation centre

One year on, Japan is still feeling the heat

David McNeill reports from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant

Members of the media wear protective suits asthey are shown around by Tepco staff

Fukushima: Return to the disaster zone

A year since the Fukushima nuclear plant was destroyed, the fight to prevent disaster goes on. In an exclusive dispatch from the reactors, David McNeill becomes the first European journalist to revisit Japan's ground zero

Mohawk to be first Native American saint

Kateri Tekakwitha, a 17th-century Mohawk Indian woman who died aged 24, after professing her vows of virginity, is to be the first Native American saint. She is among seven canonisations set for October, the Vatican said yesterday.

BT profits soar despite a dip in revenues

BT shares yesterday rose 4 per cent to a three-and-a-half-year high as the telecoms giant boosted profits, despite another dip in revenues and some renewed concern over its pension liabilities.

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Thomas Cook Signature has an eight-night break at the beach resort of Pattaya, on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand, for £729 per person.

The time jump means that Samoa's 186,000 citizens, and the 1,500 in the three-atoll United Nations dependency of Tokelau, will now be the first in the world to ring in the new year, rather than the last.

Samoans celebrate skipping Friday

Sirens wailed and fireworks exploded over Samoa as the tiny South Pacific nation jumped forward in time, crossing westward over the international date line and effectively erasing Friday, 30 December, 2011, from the country's calendar.

Three people killed in shipwreck off Russia's east coast

Rescue vessels and a helicopter are searching for five people missing in a fierce storm off Russia's east coast after a Cambodia-flagged ship sank this morning.

Rescue teams recovered six bodies from the Sea of Okhotsk where the floating oil rig capsized

Deathtoll from Russian oil rig accident rises

The deathtoll from Sunday's oil rig accident off Russia's east coast has risen to 17 people.

Hopes fade for survivors of rig disaster

Rescuers said yesterday it would be a miracle if they found anyone else alive after a drilling rig sank with 67 people on board in the icy seas off Russia's eastern coast.

Revealed: climate quirk that doubles risk of war

New study shows stark correlation between the fluctuations of El Niño and the incidence of civil conflicts

Sun, sea – and stick-up: Pacific island Aitutaki in shock after its first ever bank heist

The pace of life is languid, to say the least, on Aitutaki, an idyllic coral atoll in the South Pacific. Described as "the world's most beautiful island" by Tony Wheeler, the Lonely Planet co-founder, it is also extremely devout, with more than 20 churches for a population of fewer than 2,000.

Video: US-China aircraft carrier 'face off'

China and the US have been flexing their military muscle, showing off their aircraft carriers in the South China Sea.

Indonesian volcano erupts twice in half an hour

A volatile volcano in central Indonesia has erupted again, spewing ash almost 2,000ft (600m) into the air.

Has the mystery of Easter Island finally been solved?

New book challenges accepted wisdom about demise of the indigenous civilisation

Branson's latest stunt? To plunge new depths...

His past endeavours include space tourism and attempts to circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon.

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The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
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A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
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Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

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Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
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Britain as others see us

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