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

Pack your bags, let’s rock around the world

Bored with the likes of Latitude? Then follow Nick Hasted to the festival scene’s furthest frontiers

Madonna to open Malawian orphanage

Madonna plans to open an orphanage in Malawi.

Letters: What signal are 'Slut Walkers' sending out?

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has given us a perceptive view of Slut Walking" ("How does dressing like a 'slut' help protect women?", 13 June), drawing attention to the naivety of the participants. She could have gone farther and discussed the forces that they are playing with.

World Day Against Child Labour - picture story

Today on the World Day Against Child Labour the international children’s charity EveryChild highlights the plight of child labourers in India and Malawi.

Johann Hari: It's not just Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The IMF itself should be on trial

Imagine a prominent figure was charged, not with raping a hotel maid, but with starving her, and her family, to death

Lord Triesman to reveal 2018 World Cup bid details

Former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman will today give the inside story of England's failed 2018 World Cup bid when he comes before a committee of MPs.

Tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions

Britain has ordered Malawi's high commissioner to leave the country after Lilongwe expelled the UK envoy.

Malawi diplomat ordered out of UK

Foreign Secretary William Hague today ordered the acting High Commissioner of Malawi to leave the UK in a tit-for-tat response to the expulsion of Britain's representative in the African country.

Madonna sued by eight workers

Madonna is being sued after she decided to "discontinue" plans to build a school for girls in Malawi.

Madonna, Malawi and the mismanaged millions

Plans for academy collapse amid allegations of grotesque waste

Traveller's guide: Family safaris

If you get the details right, a trip to view Africa's amazing wildlife can be the ultimate adventure for parents and children, says Mike Unwin

Video: Anti-farting law sparks anger in Malawi

Residents in Malawi have called their government's attempts to ban farting in public 'a waste of money'.

Lives Remembered: John Dawkins

My father, (Clinton) John Dawkins, who has died peacefully of old age, packed an enormous amount into his 95 years.

Potential African leaders of the future given a helping hand

Hilary Wilce reports on Edinburgh Business School's ambitious outreach programme

Malawian gay couple 'split over woman'

A gay couple whose 14-year prison sentence for their love affair led to international condemnation, have split over a girl, according to the Malawian daily newspaper The Nation.

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'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture