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Why we love cheap choc

We've learnt to embrace the posh stuff. But few of us – even top chocolatiers – can resist the lure of a corner-shop bar, says Anthea Gerrie

Why we love cheap chocolate

We've learnt to embrace the posh stuff. But few of us – even top chocolatiers – can resist the lure of a corner-shop bar.

14 killed in car bomb blasts in Baghdad

Fourteen people were killed and more than 75 injured in a wave of car bombings across Baghdad today as violence surges in Iraq amid an escalating political crisis a month after the US military withdrawal.

Thorntons warns prices could rise

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