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M&S TV advert to feature disabled boy Seb White

A four-year-old boy with Down's Syndrome, who modelled for Marks & Spencer after an internet campaign by his mother, will make his television debut in a Christmas advert this week.

Babyjabs.co.uk warned over advertising prescription-only medicines to public

A parenting website has been warned about advertising prescription-only medicines to the public just months after it was ordered to remove discredited claims that the MMR vaccine is linked to autism.

Stills taken from anti-Romney and anti-Obama Super PAC videos. There are questions over how effective the negative ads are among voters

Two candidates, $660m raised, endless adverts. But is it worth it?

Americans' TV screens have been bombarded by campaigns paid for by controversial Super PACs – but they're not as effective as everyone expected

Hamish McRae: Ad man is worried about four major uncertainties in the world economy – and if anyone knows, he does

It is better for us if business leaders are realistic rather than over-optimistic

Sir Martin Sorrell warns of 'grey swan' troubles ahead in advertising slowdown

WPP, the world's biggest advertising group, has raised fresh fears of a global economic slowdown as it warned of a marked change in behaviour by clients since September.

Miss-leading Dior: Natalie Portman 'miracle' mascara advert banned by consumer watchdog

Natalie Portman’s eyelashes have been the subject of intense scrutiny after a Christian Dior advert for mascara featuring the actress and the “miracle effects” of the makeup was banned for misleading consumers.

Richmond ham advert nudity complaints rejected

An advert for a brand of ham featuring a group of naked picnickers prompted 371 complaints, the majority objecting that it was offensive.

Sainsbury's ad campaign ruled misleading by ASA

Sainsbury's has been ordered to change its “brand match” campaign after the advertising watchdog found it was misleading consumers.

Harvey Nichols wet advert cleared

An ad for a Harvey Nichols sale has escaped censure despite attracting 105 complaints that it pictured people who had apparently wet themselves with excitement.

The billboard campaign for Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Weddings prompted hundreds of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority

Channel 4's 'Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' adverts banned

The advertising watchdog has ruled that two ads for Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Wedding were offensive and irresponsible, in a partial reversal of a decision earlier this year.

Laser-eye deal advert irresponsible

An online advert urging people to snap up half-price laser eye surgery was irresponsible, the advertising watchdog rules today.

A star is born as product placement hits the screen

Giving brands roles in movies will soon be a $2bn industry, reports Mark Leftly

SME baby formula advert complaints upheld

Complaints that a campaign for baby formula made misleading claims that it is the best alternative to breast milk have been upheld by the advertising watchdog.

The show goes on at Reach4

The seemingly endless queues of tourists keen to see established shows in the West End are keeping the ad agency behind many of the billboards busy.

Andy Murray with the US Open trophy backstage on the US morning TV show, Live With Kelly and Michael

A $6 soda to toast a £20m payday: Andy Murray's brand new world

Sponsors and politicians court Grand Slam winner – so will he take the Beckham route?

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own