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Damien Hirst has today unveiled a new spot painting based on Disney character Mickey Mouse.

Michael Adebolajo (C), in 2010, among the nine suspected members of the Al-Shabaab Movement

Lee Rigby murder: UK’s street gangs ' are the next breeding ground for new brand of extremist'

Young urban gang members have been targeted by charismatic preachers for conversion to a radical form of Islam, in a development not being properly addressed by the Government's security programme, community leaders claimed in the wake of the Woolwich trial.

Strike a posy: Liz Taylor with first-night flowers

Thanks a bunch: Actors are forgoing the usual first-night bouquets - and donating the money to charity instead

Theatreland lore dictates that flowers should only be given to actors celebrating their opening nights after the curtain has fallen. Many still believe superstitiously that delivering a bunch of blooms prior to the first act invites a disastrous run for the play.

The shocking impact of recession and austerity on England’s poorest people has come to light again in figures showing the number of malnutrition cases treated at NHS hospitals has nearly doubled since the economic downturn

Malnutrition cases in English hospitals almost double in five years

Admissions to hospitals have soared as poorer families struggle to afford food

One Minute With: Sabine Durrant, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Kid couture: Global Kids Fashion Week - the strangest fashion week of them all

The children’s clothes market is worth £6bn. But should these wares be displayed on the catwalk? Charlotte Philby takes a ringside seat

They're not vermin – they need direction

We continue to believe that children involved in gangs are different from us. In describing them as "vermin", "predators" and "criminals", we negate them as a species apart.

Two children in every classroom go hungry as neglect takes its toll

Two children in every school class are going hungry because their parents fail to provide proper meals, according to new research.

Damien Hirst with Kids Company's founder Camilla Batmanghelidjh and children spin-painting in Covent Garden

Make your own Damien Hirst... along with the artist himself

They have been described by his most irascible critics as "junk food", created by anonymous helpers and easy to reproduce. Yesterday, a bunch of primary school children had their own go at making Damien Hirst artworks.

A spinning wheel and a splodge of paint – how hard can a 'Hirst' be?

Liam O'Brien joins the artist at a workshop for the Kids Company charity in London

Hirst collaborates with children on new spin painting

Britain’s richest living artist helped a bunch of children muck around with paint in London’s Covent Garden today.

More children go to school hungry, warn teachers

Recession has caused a worrying rise in malnutrition among pupils, survey reveals
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<br />This, the first British swimmer to win two
Olympic gold medals in 100 years, is the eversmiling
face of the athletes who will, we're
confident, make us all proud at London 2012

The IoS Happy List 2012 - the celebrities who inspire

Rebecca Adlington

This, the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals in 100 years, is the ever-smiling face of the athletes who will, we're confident, make us all proud at London 2012.

Thousands of children in the UK are not getting enough food to eat, and the number is rising

Look back in hunger: Britain's silent, scandalous epidemic

Evidence is mounting that thousands of children in the UK are not getting enough food to eat – and that, as financial hardship spreads, their numbers are increasing rapidly

Camila Batmanghelidjh, the founder of Kids Company

Camila Batmanghelidjh: A child chipped at pieces of brick to fill his empty belly

As toddlers, Taylor, Henry and Adam used to draw pictures of food on pieces of paper and swallow them. Mary, 15, and her 16-year-old brother stole frozen meat and ate it raw. Their stories are less common than they used to be. Shockingly, more and more children are coming to Kids Company for food.

David Cameron urges adoption 'culture change'

David Cameron today called for an end to the "tick-box mentality" in adoption services as league tables naming poor performers were unveiled.

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