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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.

Pietro Ferrero: Heir to the famously secretive Ferrero confectionery

Pietro Ferrero, the eldest son of Michele Ferrero, the richest man in Italy and the inventor of Nutella hazelnut paste, died in Cape Town while training on his bicycle, his secret passion. There were conflicting reports that he was hit by a car or suffered a heart attack. He was in South Africa with his father, the firm's supremo, looking into the possibility of setting up a new factory.

Thorntons warns prices could rise

Thorntons dealt chocolate-lovers a blow yesterday as it became the latest confectioner to warn soaring cocoa costs could soon lead to price rises.

100 holiday ideas for 2010: Hotels

Transporting its much-loved Thai luxury formula to China for the second time, Amanresorts opens Amanfayun (, its 24th luxury retreat, this month. Set amid bamboo groves and botanical gardens just 20 minutes by car from the historical centre of Hangzhou, this village of houses with clay tile roofs feels as rural as can be, with the 42 individually designed rooms, suites and villas resplendent in a unique heritage-steeped tea plantation context.

Barnes says bankruptcy order due to 'oversight'

John Barnes has applied to have a bankruptcy order against him annulled after the chaos of his departure from Tranmere Rovers led to it being issued at court in his absence. His embarrassment about the order has been compounded by suggestions that he filed for bankruptcy, but he told The Independent yesterday that the order had been issued because he failed to answer a court summons on 14 October.

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Food agency calls for ban on six artificial colours

Food regulators moved to ban artificial additives from hundreds of products yesterday, three decades after parents began complaining that their children suffered mood swings after consuming brightly coloured sweets, cakes and drinks.