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Shares fell as much as 14% in early trading after company warned on 2014 profit outlook

Coffee-shop hopefuls hit as Lavazza roll-out goes cold

Court orders winding-up of firm appointed to steer the venture

Train passengers 'treated worse than livestock'

Rules governing space for standing train passengers are less generous than those for transporting some farm animals

Gaming reviews: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist; Charlie Murder; The Drowning

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist

A kind of bromance: Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine in JJ Abrams's action sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Into Darkness voted 'worst Star Trek film' by trekkies

The Trekkies have spoken. Into Darkness has been declared the worst film in the Star Trek franchise, in spite of its critical success and impressive performance at the box office.

Nine Bangladesh cricketers charged with match-fixing

The International Cricket Council has charged nine Bangladesh cricketers and officials with match-fixing and other related offences allegedly committed during this year's Bangladesh Premier League.

African Union peacekeepers take position outside the UN compound in Somalia

British foreign aid for Somalia falls into hands of al-Qa'ida

Almost £500,000 of goods and equipment "confiscated" by terror group as aid budget row continues

Richard Troue: Fund manager with a twinkle in his eye

Fidelity's Alex Wright looks for under-valued companies with unrecognised potential

'Luis Suarez moving to Arsenal is ludicrous': Liverpool owner John W Henry insists striker must stay and they will not sell to rival for top-four place

John W Henry anticipates Champions League qualification for the club this season

McDonald’s has admitted 90 per cent of its UK employees are on zero-hours contracts.

They won't be lovin' it: McDonald's admits 90% of employees are on zero-hours contracts without guaranteed work or a stable income

Fast-food chain is potentially the largest zero-hours employer in the UK’s private sector

Alex Rodriguez is still owed $100m from his Yankees contract

Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez set to return as drugs storm finally hits

A-Rod suspended until end of 2014 but appeal allows first Yankees game of the season last night

Avatar grossed $2.8bn at the box office

James Cameron to make three Avatar sequels

James Cameron will make three follow-up films to his 2009 3D epic Avatar rather than the two movies he had originally planned.

Matt Smith has decided to stand down as Doctor Who

Doctor Who is it? Identity of the next Time Lord to be revealed on live TV this Sunday

In a prime time live television event that promises to combine the theatrics of the final of Miss World with the nostalgia trip of This is Your Life, the next incarnation of Doctor Who is set to emerge from the TARDIS on Sunday.

150 jobs axed at Railcare repairs firm

More than 150 jobs were axed today after a rail repairs and refurbishment company went into administration, with hundreds more workers facing redundancy, unions said.

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko could lose his starting place

Transfer news: Tottenham could launch bid for Manchester City's Edin Dzeko if Roberto Soldado deal falls through

Manager Andre Villas-Boas is desperate to sign a new striker and could move for the Bosnian international who has slipped down the pecking order at the Etihad

YouTube launches 'Geek Week', nerds left in the shade

Running August 4-10, each day of the week will be dedicated to different strand of geekery

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003