News Charges against three men accused of stealing from waste-bins outside an Iceland store in London have been cleared by the CPS.

The men were accused of stealing food reportedly totalling to £33 out of Iceland bins last year

The European Union is about to launch its fiercest salvo yet in the so-called 'mackerel wars', finally opening sanctions proceedings against Iceland and the Faeroe Islands over their rising catches of mackerel and herring

EU tackles Iceland over 'mackerel wars'

Island nation and Faroes face trade sanctions over rising catches of fish

Perennial OK! cover star Kerry Katona

Marilyn Monroe production: Goodbye Norma Jeane and hello Kerry Katona

The news that the perennial OK! cover star Kerry Katona is to play Marilyn Monroe on stage in the forthcoming production of Norma Jeane The Musical was met with appropriate snorts of laughter. But do the blondes have more in common than it might first appear?

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What's that? It's a monster summer!

Brace yourself, because they’re going to be everywhere this summer – from the mutant creatures on our cinema screens to the music charts to giant arenas

Heatwave Britain: Foreign holidays suffer meltdown

As bathers in Margate enjoy higher temperatures than tourists in Tenerife and the Algarve, Britain’s heatwave is hitting foreign-holiday bookings as badly as the volcanic ash crisis did in 2010.

The website: Historic Britain allows you to book B&Bs, hotels and holiday lets with notable character. Properties range from a 15th-century manor house B&B to an 18th-century Cotswold farmhouse (historicbritain.com).

Tips and deals of the week: Historic Britain; Aurora Reykjavik; Four Seasons Lion Palace in St Petersburg

The website: Historic Britain allows you to book B&Bs, hotels and holiday lets with notable character. Properties range from a 15th-century manor house B&B to an 18th-century Cotswold farmhouse (historicbritain.com).

Why Britain definitely needs a liquorice museum

Pontefract aims to celebrate its most famous export, and lure liquorice-loving tourists to come and part with their pennies

Dressing table: The best face mists for muggy weather

The muggy weather may mean that your face is quickly covered in a sheen of sweat, but a more refreshing blast of hydration can come courtesy of a luxurious face mist...

Julian Assange is trying to help Edward Snowden claim asylum

Claim asylum like me! WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange aims to help whistleblower Edward Snowden

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is trying to help intelligence agency whistleblower Edward Snowden follow in his footsteps and claim asylum amid fears the latter will be extradited to America over his leaking of sensitive data.

Horse meat

Horsemeat scandal documentary goes behind-the-scenes at Iceland supermarket

A new documentary series goes behind-the-scenes at frozen food giant Iceland as it deals with the fall-out from the horsemeat scandal.

An independent Scotland might find itself unable to guarantee the deposits of savers in the event of another financial crisis, the Treasury has warned

Independent Scotland 'might not be able to guarantee savers' deposits'

An independent Scotland might find itself unable to guarantee the deposits of savers in the event of another financial crisis, the Treasury warns today.

Saturday - Iceland

The return of Eyjafjallajokull: Easyjet to drop a tonne of Icelandic volcanic ash into the air in bid to test flight warning system

Low cost carrier Easyjet plans to disperse ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which caused travel chaos in 2010, later this year and carry out tests using an aircraft warning system designed to detect ash clouds

Chill out with the locals in a watering hole

On the road in Reykjavik, Iceland

App warns for accidental incest in Iceland

In Iceland, a country with a population of 320,000 where almost everyone is distantly related, inadvertently kissing cousins is a real risk.

Icelandic 'anti-incest' app aims to stop families getting too close

We've all been there. You're having dinner at your new girlfriend or boyfriend's house and getting on famously with her parents. But wait, what's that? It's an old family photograph on the mantelpiece that appears to feature your own grandpa in his youth.

Clockwise from top left: the Blue Lagoon; Fimmvorduhals volcano; Reykjavik; Gullfoss waterfall

Foreigners are cool: Iceland's lesson for Britain as isolated island is voted the friendliest place on earth

The country that topped a hospitality poll could teach the UK (placed 55th) a thing or two, Jenna Gottlieb discovers

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