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This millennium, Britain’s dragonfly contingent has been in the throes of revolution. Several sparkling species have crossed the sea to start colonising the UK. In this ambitious itinerary, you might see up to seven magnificent dragonflies unknown in Britain two decades previously.

Platinum miners sacked as tensions rise in South Africa rise

Tensions mounted in South Africa's resources industry yesterday as Anglo American fired 12,000 platinum miners, Shell declared force majeure on fuel deliveries and unrest in the mining industry spread to take another life.

Investment Insider: Are giant companies such a big deal for investors?

Shares in Apple climbed above $660 this week, propelling its market value to $624bn, which topped the previous record held by Microsoft. The maker of iPods, iPhones and iPads is now worth more than Switzerland. Bought shares in Apple in 2002 and you'd be looking at an average annual return of 46 per cent.

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Time almost up for Shell to begin Arctic drilling

Shell is racing to begin a massive drilling campaign in US Arctic waters before they freeze over and postpone activities by a year.

Shell faces 12 month setback in $4.5bn Arctic drilling campaign

The oil company has converted a 300-foot vessel to comply with heightened safety standards
Walter Haefner: industrialist and philanthropist who made his fortune in the post-war car industry and the burgeoning world of computers

Walter Haefner: Businessman and philanthropist

Walter Haefner, the world's oldest billionaire, was an industrialist and philanthropist who made his fortune in the post-war car industry and the burgeoning world of computers. He remained, however, an unshowy man – despite an interest in horse-breeding and his later ownership of the successful Moyglare Stud Farm.

Coalition 'united on carbon cuts', says Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today dismissed claims of rifts within the coalition Government over its commitment to cutting carbon emissions, as he unveiled a £100 million investment in energy efficiency.

Family ties: George Osborne, right, and his father-in-law Lord Howell, are both supporters of fossil fuels

Osborne accused over gas lobbyist father-in-law

Campaigners ask if Chancellor's energy policies are influenced by Lord Howell

Shell disappoints as profits fall

Falling energy prices left its mark on Royal Dutch Shell today after a weaker-than-expected profits performance drove a big fall in its share price.

Greenpeace campaigners target Shell petrol stations

Motorists faced delays at petrol pumps as environmental campaigners launched a protest at an oil firm's plans to drill in the Arctic.

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Italy's credit rating cut by Moody's

Shell and Thailand's PTT face penalty shoot-out in battle to land Cove Energy

After five months without scoring that decisive goal, the match between Shell and Thailand's PTT for the trophy that is the oil explorer Cove Energy is hurtling towards a penalty shoot-out.

Leading article: Business with Burma must benefit both sides

When Burma's democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was released after more than 20 years under house arrest, David Cameron led the way in making sure this great event was celebrated in the world with the gusto that it merited.

British businesses head to Burma for trade delegation

British businesses, including the oil giants BP and Shell, will arrive in Burma tomorrow for the first government sponsored trade delegation to the south east Asian nation in nearly two decades, the Independent has learned.

Edinburgh fights back

The Scottish capital's film festival has fallen on tough times. But, says Geoffrey Macnab, despite hiccups, there are some signs of life to be found in this year's scaled-back event

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

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'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
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Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

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Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

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