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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?

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India results boost Burmah Castrol

Shares in Burmah Castrol rose 28p to 1064p, continuing their recent strong run, as the lubricants and chemicals business announced full-year results for its 51 per cent owned Indian subsidiary. Castrol India, the third largest of Burmah's Castrol companies in profit terms after the US and Germany, saw operating profits rise from pounds 21.8m to pounds 24.4m.

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Rarotonga, one of the Cook Islands, is tiny, its lagoon sharkless and its forests virgin - a perfect Polynesian paradise. But what will be the long-term effects of France's nuclear tests in the area? Peter Walker reports

Nuke tests crack colonial grip

WHEN Jacques Chirac the French President, ordered the storming of the two Greenpeace protest vessels in the South Pacific on Friday he may have done more for the independence movement in French Polynesia than he ever intended.

Brando's daughter kills herself

The actor Marlon Brando was in mourning last night after his 25-year- old daughter Cheyenne, who had long suffered from bouts of depression, committed suicide by hanging herself on the South Pacific island of Tahiti.

Motorists run into trouble as quake strikes

Lucky motorists in Nemuro escape with their lives as an earthquake hits Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. At least 177 people were injured by the earthquake in Japan and nine people were killed on the neighbouring Russian-ruled Kurile Islands.

Russia fights for Pacific islands

MOSCOW - In a sign of Russia's apparent determination to defend its territorial gains made in the Far East during the Second World War, coast guards yesterday opened fire on six Japanese fishing boats near the Kurile Islands off northern Japan, writes Andrew Higgins. The shooting follows a similar incident on 15 August when a Japanese fisherman was hit by Russian gunfire near the Kuriles.

Bottom Line: Rentokil shows strains of expansion

IT'S OFFICIAL: the widely admired profit margins earned by Rentokil, the hygiene and office services concern, are under pressure.

NZ may fill top world trade post

PHILIP BURDON, the New Zealand Trade Minister, has been sounded out informally over his willingness to head the World Trade Organisation, the successor to Gatt which will oversee the new global trade agreement.

Islands emergency

Officials declared a state of emergency on Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos islands where wildfires have raged out of control for a week, AFP reports from Quito, Ecuador. More than a dozen types of Galapagos tortoises live on the various islands in the archipelago. So far, they have not been harmed.

Growth plans for Asia Pacific region

The Asia Pacific region will need to invest dollars 1,000bn (pounds 700bn) in the next six years to meet its growth plans. There will have to be higher charges for users of power, water, road and telecommunications projects before investors and banks will make the money available, the Asian Development Bank said in its annual report.

Shandwick wins more time from its banks

SHANDWICK, the debt-laden public relations company, has negotiated new medium-term banking facilities and won valuable breathing space for its stretched balance sheet.

Heart Searching: Life can be simply Super: Rachel Lipman talks to an author who believes we all have the power to change our lives for the better

Anne Naylor, author of Superlife, certainly enjoys a super life, dividing her time between France and a house overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara, California, but she insists that you don't need to be rich, famous or glamorous to find personal fulfilment.

Hawaiians say Goodbye to Aloha: A campaign to reclaim Polynesian land and culture threatens ties with the United States

BEHIND the 'Aloha' welcome and the lei garlands of island flowers, all is not well in Hawaii. Two hundred years after Captain Cook's first landfall, the native Polynesians want their culture back.

Bottom Line: An expensive world

VODAFONE'S ambitions beyond these shores carry a high price tag. Were it not for a pounds 13m loss from overseas operations, half-time pre-tax profits would have increased by 16.4 per cent rather than 8.9 per cent. But mobile telephony in Europe and the Asia Pacific region is the key to sustained strong earnings growth at Vodafone in the longer term, even though it is not enjoying the free ride it was given by the UK government.
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