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Sarah Morrison finds out what traditional charities think of letting the poor spend it on what they like

Flames and black smoke billow from the burning Jomo Kenyatta international airport, Nairobi. A massive fire shut down Nairobi's international airport today with flights diverted to regional cities as firefighters battled to put out the blaze in east Africa's biggest transport hub

Kenya airport fire: Two international flights land, as airport seeks to resume normal service

Massive blaze closed Kenya's main international airport

Kenyan airport officials view the damage after a fire engulfed the international arrivals area of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi airport fire: Your rights if you are booked to travel to or through the Kenyan capital

I am in Nairobi and my flight to Heathrow has been cancelled. What are the airline's obligations?

General Service (GSU) officer stand outside the burning Jomo Kenyatta international airport. A massive fire shut down Nairobi's international airport today with flights diverted to regional cities as firefighters battled to put out the blaze in east Africa's biggest transport hub

Why Kenya airport blaze will raise questions over Nairobi's future as an east African hub

"The Flight Information Display System is unavailable at the moment. Kindly try again after some time. We are sorry for the inconvenience." That is the bland message on the Kenya Airports Authority website, where normally dozens of flights to and from Jomo Kenyatta airport are listed. After this morning's devastating fire, it begs serious questions.

Zimbabwe election: Morgan Tsvangirai supporters claim attacks in wake of Robert Mugabe win

Country edges closer to disorder after 'monumental fraud' of general elections

Votes counted in Harare last week appear to show a Mugabe victory

South African President Jacob Zuma congratulates Robert Mugabe on his landslide victory in Zimbabwe elections

But win provokes criticism from the UK and US, as Australia's Foreign Minister calls for election re-run

Tsvangirai in Harare yesterday. He wants Zimbabwe’s courts to investigate the election results

Zimbabwe election: Robert Mugabe 'stole' vote, says Morgan Tsvangirai

Country plunged into limbo as opposition leader alleges fraud and William Hague voices 'grave concerns' over election

Cameroon’s Boys’ Brigade is among those barred

Boys' Brigade's African visitors denied visas

Youth charity's global celebrations marred as Home Office refuses to allow delegates entry

President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has won 142 of the 210 parliamentary seats

Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe election victory was a 'masterclass in electoral fraud'

Opponents claim  Zanu-PF conned its way to power – rather than taking it by force

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (left) casts his ballot during the presidential elections while his wife Grace (centre) and daughter Bona (right) look on at Mhofu Primary school in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe election: Landslide victory for Robert Mugabe as president gets two-thirds majority

Opposition party says it does not rule out 'demonstrations and mass action' after process which it calls 'null and void'

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (left) cast his vote

Zimbabwe election results: Opposition leaders claim vote tainted by 'monumental rigging' as Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF claims victory

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvanirgai says his party considers the vote 'null and void' as election monitors warn that around one million people were denied their vote

Ali Babitu Kololo was charged with kidnap and murder after the death of David Tebbutt

Man sentenced to death for his part in murder and abduction of British couple in Kenya

A man has been sentenced to death for being part of a gang of pirates who murdered a British tourist in Kenya before holding his wife hostage, Scotland Yard has revealed.

Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe's opposition party, greeting supporters at a rally in Harare

Odds stacked against Morgan Tsvangirai as Robert Mugabe scents victory in Zimbabwe

Odds stacked against Tsvangirai as opposition candidates are harrassed  and fake voter registration appears widespread

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Sebastian Coe unsurprised by injury woes suffered by Olympic stars including Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford

Athletes are fragile after an Olympic year says the former gold medallist

Rebels 'disguised as women' launch attack near Goma in Congo

Fresh fighting has erupted in eastern Congo, following the arrival of armed men disguised in women’s clothing, say residents.

President Mugabe offers $330,000 reward in hunt for Facebook whistleblower leaking secrets from heart of his regime

Mole has been using Facebook to leak information about President Mugabe's leadership

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game