Badger cull: National Farmers' Union begins mass killing in Gloucestershire and Somerset to tackle TB

5,000 badgers are expected to be culled in a controlled shooting

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg wants the whole world on the web

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook hunt for five billion new friends: Can we trust Silicon Valley's do-gooders?

Out of America: First Bill Gates's malaria mission, now Mark Zuckerberg's global ambition. Philanthropy from profits seems to be the way forward

Ignore the galling PR, there's more to internet.org than a new audience for Facebook

Yes, Silicon Valley pioneers are pompous types. But this could make a real difference

Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg's hunt for five billion new friends

Facebook founder’s audacious bid to put the entire planet online

Tunisian activist quits Femen protest group as she believes it is Islamophobic

Amina Sboui, the Tunisian Femen activist who was detained by authorities for almost three months after protesting topless, said she has left the radical feminist group because she believes it is Islamophobic.

Mark Zuckberg's Facebook page hacked to highlight flaw

Programmer tried to alert Facebook to the bug but was ignored and so took more direct action

Radio station apologises after encouraging listeners to troll Helen Flanagan

Listeners to the Manchester station hit back, accusing it of promoting bullying

Michelle Obama

From Gmail to Ask.fm to Twitter to Facebook: When tech treats us badly, why don't we just leave?

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Facebook testing a 'PayPal killer' to simplify mobile payments

Social network users could type in their login details to make on-the-go payments

Facebook testing a PayPal killer to simplify mobile payments

Social network users could type in their login details to make on-the-go payments

Facebook can lead to unhappiness, according to new study

University of Michigan researchers find a correlation between using the social network and a decline in user-well being

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Air New Zealand has forced a sacked flight attendant to let bosses examine her bank records and Facebook pages in a row over her claiming sick leave.

Sacked woman ordered to show her Facebook pages to prove she didn't misuse sick leave

Air New Zealand has forced a sacked flight attendant to let bosses examine her bank records and Facebook pages in a row over her claiming sick leave

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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