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

Chinese bid to build nature retreat rejected

A Beijing businessman has blamed anti-Chinese prejudice and double standards for Iceland's decision to turn down his proposal to build a vast nature retreat in the north Atlantic island nation.

Astraeus Airlines collapses

An airline whose pilots included former Iron Maiden rock star Bruce Dickinson has gone into administration, it was announced today.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been playing for Arsenal sooner than may have been expected

Pearce praises Arsenal winger Oxlade-Chamberlain

The England Under-21s manager, Stuart Pearce, feels Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can only get "better and better", both for club and country.

easyJet promises business passengers a free flight if they arrive more than 15 minutes late

EasyJet launches Iceland route

Low-fare airline easyJet is to fly to Iceland for the first time.

All Saints sinks to a loss after dire year

Profits were wiped out at the grungy fashion chain All Saints last year, reinforcing why it had to be rescued from the brink of administration in the spring. The private equity firms Lion Capital and Goode Partners acquired All Saints for a "nominal" fee in May, but they had to repay £105m of the retailer's debt.

Tips and deals of the week: 04/09/2011

The Festival

The London Mela is Europe's largest celebration of South Asian culture, with music, food and outdoor arts filling Gunnersbury Park.

Go to Londonmela.org

Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by AS Byatt

The gods knew, Odin knew, that the time of the wolf would come." AS Byatt's statement goes to the heart of what makes Norse myth so compelling. Its gods, are not immortals, but have precisely specifiable beginnings and a prescribed, and unavoidable, ending. For all the terrors they wreak and inspire, their power is ultimately finite.

Ben Chu: China buy up Iceland? They wish...

Poor Iceland. Its boom was spectacular. Its bust was traumatic. And now, apparently, colonisation looms. A Chinese tycoon, Huang Nubo, wants to buy 300sqkm of land on the north-east of the island for £5.4bn to open a luxury hotel and an ecological tourist resort.

Chinese in bid to buy Icelandic land

A Chinese millionaire wants to buy 300sq km of wilderness in Iceland, raising fears that Beijing is trying to extend its influence into the North Atlantic.

EasyJet raises profits guidance

Budget airline easyJet today said its profits were set to beat expectations after its new strategy, which includes appealing to more business passengers, started to bear fruit.

Iestyn Davies/Julius Drake, Wigmore Hall

It’s testimony to the extraordinary interest which counter-tenor Iestyn Davies now arouses that his weekday lunchtime recital was packed.

Tips and deals of the week: 17/07/2011

The tour

Relive the Icelandic sagas on a new tour that explores the island's rich literary history and follows in the footsteps of Viking poets.

Go to icelandtravel.is

Bobby Fischer Against The World (12A)

The life of US chess superstar Bobby Fischer divides quite neatly into three acts: Fame, then Obscurity, then Notoriety.

Pro-whaling nations walk out of meeting

Japan and other pro-whaling nations walked out of a meeting of the International Whaling Commission yesterday to protest against a proposal for a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic.

Greggs takes sausage rolls to Iceland

The economic chill has prompted the bakery chain Greggs to jump into the freezer. The company is moving into frozen foods after striking a deal with the retailer Iceland to sell frozen versions of its sausage rolls for home-baking.

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