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Nutella prices could be on the rise. Here's why

The threat of a Nutella shortage is looming after bad weather destroyed nearly 70 percent of the hazelnut crops, the main ingredient in the popular spread

Steve Ballmer, the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was on form at the Staples Centre rally

Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board of directors

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has step down from the company's board of directors to focus on the LA Clippers franchise he recently bought for a record $2 billion and continue teaching.

HSBC has already closed bank accounts belonging to Syrian refugees and students in the UK, such as Majid Maghout

Paying the price for sanctions: The customers with Iranian links being ditched by British banks

HSBC and others deny discrimination, but have hefty fines led to some banks being far too cautious?

German authors sign letter attacking Amazon in latest price row

Protests against Amazon's e-book pricing strategy have crossed the pond after a group of German-language authors signed a letter criticising the online retailer for “taking hostage authors” in a dispute with publishing group Bonnier.

Al Gore

Al Gore sues Al Jazeera over sale of Current TV

Al Jazeera agreed to pay $500 million to buy and rebrand Current TV

Burger King ditches low calorie 'Satisfries' chips

Fast food chain ditches 'diet chips' as it announces the return of its deep fried 'chicken fries'

SeaWorld to revamp killer whale theme parks after 'Blackfish' backlash

Documentary raised concerns about the treatment of killer whales in captivity

Monster shares soar after Coca Cola buys 16.7% stake

Coca Cola looking to expand its presence in the fast growing energy drinks market

Tilikum in a scene from 'Blackfish'

SeaWorld shares sink amid concerns over killer whale displays

Theme park hit by concerns over the treatment of killer whales as shown in the award-winning documentary 'Blackfish'

Tim Cook at an Apple presentation in September

Tim Cook 'not satisfied' with Apple's record on employee diversity

Apple's figures mirror its Silicon Valley peers and highlight the lack of representation of women and ethnic minorities in the tech sector

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
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Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London