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Free-to-play titles MapleWorld and CombatArms will introduce the Gangnam Style star in new quests.

Time to pension off Ronald McDonald, say campaigners

He has been the smiling face of the McDonald's fast food empire for more than 40 years, but doctors in the US are demanding that Ronald McDonald finally be ordered into retirement – for the good of everyone's health.

DoNation: 'If 50 people give up bottled water, I will run a marathon'

Forget hounding your friends for cash – a new sponsorship site asks people for good deeds, not their money. By Alice-Azania Jarvis

Nixon pulls out of Simonseeks

Simon Nixon, the entrepreneur behind Moneysupermarket.com, has walked away from his online travel venture after two years saying the business model was "simply not viable".

UK Coal struggling after £125m loss

The UK's biggest coal producer has admitted to "deep-rooted problems" after it recorded losses of more than £100m for the second year in a row.

The Mill - City of Dreams, Drummonds Mill, Bradford

When you are told to turn up for a night at the theatre dressed in "very warm" clothing and stout shoes it is clear that this is not going to be your typical kind of play.

Justin Francis: 'I want to be a challenger'

Justin Francis launched Responsibletravel.com a decade ago to bring an ethical dimension to tourism. Simon Calder catches up with a man on a mission

David Prosser: JJB steps back from the brink – for now

Outlook So JJB lives to fight another day. That it is not shutting up shop in the face of the problems that have plagued it in recent times is a tribute to the tenacity of its management. KPMG, its accountant, also deserves congratulations for the imagination it showed in coming up with a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that, while unpalatable for landlords, at least offered them some upside when (or if) JJB returns to health. That was an advance on the detail of other CVAs that the retail sector has come up with in the past.

Stephen Foley: Hunt's cameo can't hide Pinewood concerns

Outlook The Secretary of State for Culture, Jeremy Hunt, crowbarred his way into the press release announcing Pinewood Shepperton's plan to invest in small-budget UK films yesterday. Perhaps he is feeling guilty about the cavalier abolition of the UK Film Council.

Is this the start of a Mac-lash?

That Apple makes money from apps is not news. But it's the way it works that has hacked off fanboys and disenchanted developers. Ian Burrell examines how loyalty has been tested to the limit

Gold-buying companies told to polish up their act

Two companies that offered to buy gold jewellery through the post have stopped trading following an Office of Fair trading inquiry, while a further three have been forced to improve the way they treat customers.

Ghouls go to war over the tourist pound

Fake blood could soon be shed on the streets of Southwark as a feud between two of London's most macabre tourist attractions threatens to turn nasty.

The Oscars are all white

Why are there no black contenders among the nominees for this year's Academy Awards? Guy Adams lifts the lid on the failure of the film industry to represent people of colour

Investment Column: Babcock looks good for the long term

Games Workshop; International Ferro Metals

David Prosser: Give HMV a chance to find the right tune

Outlook It is time to back off HMV. Contrary to the impression givenelsewhere – including in the stock market, where investors continue to mark down its shares – should you go in search of, say, the Bruno Mars album today, you will not find branches of HMV boarded up. This is a retailer that will remain on our high streets for some time to come.

'We make stars, we don't buy them' says Gill in dig at City

The Manchester United chief executive, David Gill, has taken a swipe at local rivals Manchester City by claiming that his club develops world stars rather than buys them.

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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch