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

Anthony Hilton: Rowland keeping it in the family bank

I rather fancy the idea of being so rich that you buy your own bank to look after your money rather than having to lie awake worrying that your high street branch is about to go bust on you.

A replica Viking ship. The 'sunstone' could be one of the secrets behind the Vikings’ reputation as remarkable seafarers

Not just the stuff of legend: Famed Viking 'sunstone' did exist, believe scientists

For centuries, it has been a crystal of legend locked in the verses of Norse myth with little or no evidence that it was ever real. Now it seems scientists at last have grounds for believing that the Viking “sunstone” used to navigate the seas did indeed exist.

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Nestlé’s Buitoni products were withdrawn from Italy and Spain

Investigation into processed meat widens to 500 products

The Food Standards Agency is widening its search for traces of horse meat in processed meat products with a further series of tests, it has been announced.

'Total victory' for Iceland over UK in saga of Icesave depositors

European court rules that Nordic nation does not have to compensate Britain for bailout
The mackerel fish has joined the likes of North Sea turbot and most sea bass on the “caution” list of species people should buy only occasionally

Tasty but no longer sustainable: fear over mackerel overfishing

For years, chefs extolled it as a perfect example of a cheap, tasty and, crucially, sustainable fish which could be eaten with a clear conscience.

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Travel Challenge: A half-term adventure in Iceland

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a family adventure in Iceland during the school half term. Prices are for four (two adults, two children). Packages include five nights' accommodation with breakfast, activities and Icelandair flights from Heathrow to Keflavik on either 16 or 17 February.

A total of 27 beef products were analysed by the FSAI with 10 containing horse DNA

Horse DNA discovered in beefburgers on sale at Tesco and Iceland

Iceland Foods Ltd; update.

Since publication of this article, Iceland have informed us  that only a very small (0.1%) level of horse DNA was found in two of their own brand quarter pound burgers when tested by the FSAI.  They point out that result is well below the threshold level  of 1% which the UK FSA applies as indicative of contamination or adulteration, and that a test result of 0.1% is so low that it could amount to a “trace” level. Iceland subsequently tested samples of burgers from the same production batch to the same tolerances used by the FSAI and no evidence of any horse DNA was found. Iceland also state that since then over 2000 tests of Iceland beef products have been carried out and no trace of horse meat or DNA has ever been found.

The News Matrix: Friday 4 January 2013

Millions struggling to pay the rent

15-year-old girl with missing moniker set to sue Icelandic government in fight to legally use her name

Parents who don't want to take a name from a government list have to apply to a special committee that has the power to say yes or no to the chosen name

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk, Thursday 3 January

Volcano visit

Jewellery chains sold to US buyout firm

The group behind the Goldsmiths and Mappin & Webb retail jewellery chains has been sold to a US private-equity firm in a deal worth £175m, including debt.

Tchenguiz brothers to sue SFO for £200m over arrests

The Tchenguiz brothers are to sue the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for more than £200m after it scrapped a high-profile investigation into the property tycoons' role in the banking crisis.

Backlog of immigration cases is 'out of control' as MP reveals it is the size of Iceland’s population

The number of outstanding asylum and immigration cases rose by 25,000 in three months and is “spiralling out of control”, making the total caseload the equivalent of the population of Iceland, an MP has said.

I Remember You, by Yrsa Sigurđardóttir, translated by Philip Roughton

It's not often that the newspaper coverage of books leaps off review sections (such as the one you're reading now) to the body of the paper, but the phenomenon certainly happened – with a vengeance – for Yrsa Sigurđardóttir’s new novel in her native Iceland.

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