News Twitter user Craig Davies claims to have taken this photo of a hearse at the drive-through of a fast-food restaurant

Twitter user Craig Davies said the driver gave up and moved on to Starbucks

Protesters surround Thai PM's office

More than 20,000 red-shirted protesters ringed the Thai prime minister's office today, demanding the government resign and scoffing at its handout of cheques to millions of low-income workers as a buy off.

The meal deal: Britain's low-cost, high fat binge

It's cheap. It's tasty. It's full of fat. Junk food is back on the menu – but what's really behind the country's craving for burgers, fries and meatball subs? Simon Usborne joins the queues

Domino effect: another fast-food boost

Buckets of chicken, pizza and burgers now dominate the menu for Britain's penny-watching consumers as the recession proves the UK is still a fast food nation.

Fast-food nation: KFC bucks trend with 9,000 new jobs

Britain's employment map transformed as recession-hit consumers trade down

Split, By Suzanne Finnamore

American columnist Suzanne Finnamore was 40 when her husband walked out. With a young son to raise and a mortgage to pay, she decided to throw caution to the winds and write everything down.

Credit crisis diary: Jamie picks the wrong time to expand

The Diary bows to no one in its admiration for the "naked chef", right, but is it possible that Jamie Oliver's sense of timing has gone awry? Fresh from a gruelling stint persuading the people of Rotherham to eat more healthily, Oliver's next venture will be in a slightly more glamorous location. He plans a trendy new eatery in Canary Wharf. Shame the once-bustling malls beneath Docklands' finest investment banks are now beginning to resemble the south Yorkshire industrial wastelands with which our favourite chef is now all too familiar.

McDonald's: We're lovin' it!

Times may be tough, but there’s been no McCrunch under the golden arches. In fact, McDonald's will today announce 4,000 new jobs in the UK as sales here soar. James Thompson says the fast food giant went back to basics just as consumers were crying out for cheap and cheerful comfort food

Online junk-food ads 'targeting children'

Children are continuing to be targeted by junk food companies advertising their products over the internet or through "viral" promotions, despite a ban on television adverts promoting unhealthy food to the under-16s.

JAPANESE FAST FOOD: East meets West at speed

THE JAPANESE are masters at the art of convenience living. This is, after all, a country in which practically every street corner is furnished with a vending machine selling anything from the energising if unfortunately named soft drink, Pocari Sweat, to chilled green tea and hot coffee. And, quite apart from the ubiquitous noodle restaurants, several fast food chains have for years served indigenous eat-and-go meals. Among these, Tenya operates principally in the environs of Tokyo. It offers tendon, an inexpensive version of tempura delivered on a bed of rice and accompanied by bowls of miso soup. Yoshinoya, (pictured above), is a rather larger company with more than 1,000 outlets across Japan and around 250 overseas (in New York, Taiwan, China and more). It does brisk business in gyudon, bowls of rice topped with slightly sweetened beef stew.

Japanese Fast Food

East meets West at speed

Kentucky Fried Carnage? Fast-food giant in a flap after 'torture' exposé

With a casual wink and a cheeky smile, Kentucky Fried Chicken's founder, Colonel Harland Sanders has urged generations to sample his "secret recipe". Little did customers know that live birds were smashed against walls, spat on and tortured before being turned into Popcorn Chicken and Oven Roasted Twisters.

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