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Thieves steal 20 tons of Nutella and chocolate

German police have warned anyone with a sweet tooth who may be offered large quantities of chocolate to report it after thieves made off with 20 tons of Nutella and other treats in a stolen lorry trailer. The missing cargo, worth between €50,000 and €70,000 (£45k-£64k), also included Kinder …

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Govt wants no physical changes to Irish border

No border posts or physical monitoring should be installed at the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Government said as it unveiled plans for one of the most contentious Brexit issues. The Whitehall paper has effectively recommended no changes to the current arrangements. The position …

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Admiral profits held back by rising personal injury costs

Shares in Admiral sank 7% after the insurer said the rising cost of personal injury claims hit profits.The firm’s pre-tax profits rose 2% to £193m in the six months to the end of June 2017, as the number of UK insurance customers rose 11%.However, changes to the way payments …

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Brexit: UK position paper opposes Irish border posts

The government has said it does not want any border posts between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in its new position paper on Brexit.The paper is part of its negotiations with the European Union and the broad ideas in the document appear familiar.It suggests a “new customs …

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Billing errors cost energy customers £102m last year

Billing blunders by energy firms cost customers more than £102m last year, figures reveal. A survey by energy switching site uSwitch found around 1.3 million households were overcharged by an average of £79 each by suppliers – and some are still waiting for a refund. One in three of …

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Changing formats

If you happen to switch on the TV in Brazil then you might come across a four-hour live talk show presented by a popular celebrity and her puppet parrot. The programme includes pre-recorded video clips, which the parrot and presenter then discuss.So far, so foreign television. But what you …

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King's ransom

When a downward-spiralling Elvis Presley died 40 years ago on 16 August 1977, a cynical music industry insider was overheard to remark that it was a “smart career move”.Apocryphal tale or not, death has given a lucrative boost to the selling power of not just Elvis, but also Bob …

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IMF warns on China's credit boom

The International Monetary Fund has warned that China’s credit growth is on a “dangerous trajectory”.In a new report, the IMF says there is an increasing risk of a “disruptive adjustment” and/or a marked slowdown in economic growth”.The agency calls for decisive action to deflate the credit boom smoothly.Without the …

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