Arts and Entertainment Madonna inset with the painting Cubist Fernand Léger auctioned by Sotheby's New York for over $7m

The Queen of Pop will donate the proceeds to her Ray of Light Foundation to promote girls' education in the Middle East and South Asia

US performer Madonna tours the Mphandura orphanage near Lilongwe, Malawi, Friday April 5, 2013

Madonna vs Malawi: A very uncharitable relationship

The President says she is a bully. Madonna says the President is a liar. So how did a mercy mission go so horribly wrong?

Boxing: Audley Harrison and Tony Bellew get their chance at redemption

Harrison to fight American Deontay Wilder

US performer Madonna tours the Mphandura orphanage near Lilongwe, Malawi, Friday April 5, 2013

Madonna 'very annoyed' at having to queue at Malawian airport after VIP status stripped

Madonna, her children and a large entourage were reportedly forced to queue to check in and go through security with ordinary passengers at a Malawi airport terminal after the pop star was apparently stripped of her VIP status in the country.

Madonna pictured carrying her Malawian adopted son David Banda in 2007

Madonna takes her adopted children to see their Malawi birthplace

Madonna is visiting Malawi with the two children she adopted from the impoverished African country.

Tony Bellew admitted easing off on his opponent midfight

Boxing: Bellew rues mistakes that cost him chance of a world title shot

Tony Bellew ruefully admitted he only had himself to blame for missing out on a shot at the WBC light-heavyweight title.

Tony Bellew (left) fighting Roberto Bolonti last November

Boxing: 'Isaac Chilemba doesn't understand that I'm not joking... I'm willing to die in the ring,' says Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew upped the stakes in his pre-fight chat when he said: "I'm willing to die in that ring."

The 10 Best Easter egg hunts

It's not just about chocolate... Will Coldwell rounds up family-friendly events and treasure hunts around the country

CBI and Greening link to boost growth in emerging economies

The UK has dramatically switched the focus of its overseas aid spending from simply fighting poverty to helping recipient countries develop their economies.

Madonna with her Malawian son David Banda

Madonna and Angelina Jolie told they are ripping the heart out of Africa

Mozambique-born model Tasha da Vasconcelos criticises adoptions by foreign celebrities

Pop star Madonna cuts the ribbon at the ground breaking ceremony for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls in Malawi in 2009

Madonna's charitable endeavours rubbished by Malawi education authorities

Madonna’s charitable endeavours were dealt another blow when Malawi’s Education Minister flatly denied the pop star’s claims that her charity had built 10 new schools in the country.

It’s anniversary time for Everest, because 2013 marks 60 years since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first climbed the world’s highest mountain

Travel in 2013: Holidays for the intrepid

One of the world's great explorers, David Livingstone, was born 200 years ago in March.

World's oldest dinosaur discovered in drawer

A set of fossilised bones kept for more than half a century in the dusty storerooms of the Natural History Museum in London have turned out to have belonged to the earliest known dinosaur to roam the land.

World Aids Day: I met Enoch. Three years ago he couldn't stand up. Now his life is transformed. The cost? 23p a day

I choose not to listen to the cynics, whose philosophical opposition to aid bewilders me

Martha Payne who blog Never Seconds has been turned into a book

Controversial school meals blog girl Martha Payne to release book

An enterprising schoolgirl who raised more than £120,000 for charity through her controversial school meals blog has released a book charting her story.

Paralympic Shorts: Two short as African nations fail to make line-up

Publishers of London 2012 trivia guides will be fuming after Malawi's two Paralympic athletes, the visually impaired sprinters Chisomo Jeremani and Janet Shedani, withdrew hours before the Games began, changing the number of competing nations from 166 to 165.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Cabbage is king again

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee