Lush often uses its front windows to campaign against social injustice

Cosmetics chain Lush stands up for gay rights in run up to Sochi Winter Olympics

As the Sochi games approach, Lush stores around the world will be running a Valentine’s campaign in defence of equal love

Flag up: An anti-government protester in Bangkok earlier this month

A tourist’s take on the protests in the Thai capital

Something to Declare

MegaFon Installation for Sochi by Asif Khan

Sochi 2014 spectators to become the face of the Games on 'Mount Rushmore of the digital age'

London designer Asif Khan's "MegaFaces" to play a prominent part in the Winter Olympics

Companies such as Coca-Cola should take a lead in establishing measures to ‘capture the value of water’, the expert says

Exclusive: Make food and drink corporations ‘account for water usage’, says scientist

Food production’s effect on water supplies must be investigated and properly recorded, warns Professor Tony Allan

In February the General Synod will debate a motion that calls for a change to the rule requiring clergy to wear formal vestments at services

Surplice to requirement? Church of England may cast off vicars’ robes

Anglican clergy could be allowed to cast off their robes if Synod backs motion

Margaret Hodge, the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, led the grilling of top executives

A new boom industry: coaching select committee witnesses for ‘ordeal by Hodge’

They have publicly humiliated former business titans from Rupert Murdoch to Bob Diamond, forced Starbucks to cough up £10m in tax and made villains of some of the world’s best-known brands. But corporate Britain is fighting back against Parliament’s newly invigorated inquisitorial committees by hiring highly paid specialist consultants to prepare executives for grillings by MPs.

Andy Warhol's

Andy Warhol painting sells for record £65m

The pop artist's "Silver Car Crash" broke his own auction record at Sotheby's

Poundland is aiming to be quids in for years to come

The store is confident its strategy remains sound as it eyes an £800m float

A Coke delivery in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Mexico’s Coke wars ignite as the government places a tax on ‘the real thing’

The 'Mexicoke' recipe is produced using traditional cane sugar, which its fans believe tastes far better

'Bing It On': Microsoft puts its search engine to the test as it goes up against Google - with surprising results

Results showed that more people picked Bing than Google results in blind test

The England manager made an appearance on Saturday night's Match of the Day

Fifa announce decision to seed European play-off matches for the World Cup

England could find themselves forced into a two-legged tie if results over the next seven days do not go as planned

A woman sells coca leaves in La Paz, Bolivia, where the plant has traditionally had medicinal purposes

Lifting ban on cocaine plant can help millions of lives, MPs told

Coca can treat muscle pain and could provide income for impoverished farmers, says study

Garry Kasparov will receive 10,000 euros as compensation from the Russian government

Russia ordered to compensate chess grandmaster (and Putin critic) Garry Kasparov over protest arrest

Police held him before 'March of Dissenters' protest in Moscow in 2007

The developed world’s growing sweet tooth has increased global land deals to make way for lucrative sugar crops

Oxfam accuses Coke and Pepsi of taking land from the poor

Communities from Brazil to Cambodia are losing homes to make room for sugar crops, it is claimed

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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
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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
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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
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