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There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

Sir Elton John, Angélique Kidjo, Richard Curtis, Bill Gates, Bill Nighy and Mo Ibrahim

G8: 'There is one world – and we need to change how it is run'

Curing poverty, hunger, disease: Charity luminaries set out their stalls for Lough Erne summit

Chalk Talk: How London pupils got a window on world hunger

Hands up those of you who have been hungry for three days, asked Sylvia Mwichuli, director of communications at AGRA, which aims to help smallholder farmers in Africa combat hunger.

Indian homeless eat food at a feeding programme for the poor in Hyderabad

Malnutrition costing the world trillions a year, says UN report

Malnutrition now costs the world $3.5 trillion (£2.3 trn) – or $500 for every person– in healthcare and lost productivity, the United Nations has warned.

Daniel Pelka is alleged to have been deliberately starved over several months.

Court hears that four-year-old boy was 'deliberately starved' by mother and stepfather in case of 'incomprehensible cruelty'

An emaciated four-year-old boy died of a head injury after being subjected to a campaign of “incomprehensible” cruelty by his mother and stepfather, a court has heard.

Taking disabled children away from the sidelines

Access to sport and recreation is not only every child’s right, but it has an incredible ripple effect which can impact other vital sectors like health and education

Julia Donaldson, creator of ‘The Gruffalo’, is backing the campaign

Children’s authors unite to fight scourge of malnutrition

Children’s authors are launching a campaign today to persuade governments to step up aid to combat malnutrition which blights the life chances of millions of children.

Social-housing landlords training staff to spot tenants at risk of suicide

Maintenance workers, call-centre staff and housing officers are being sent on courses after growing problems among victims of austerity reforms

A malnourished Somali baby at the Banadir hospital in Mogadishu. Almost 260,000 Somali people, half of them children, died of dire hunger from 2010 to 2012, greatly more than was feared at the time

Somalia: UN’s late declaration of famine in 2011 cost lives

The United Nations has admitted that a delay in declaring a famine in Somalia in 2011 cost additional lives, after a new report revealed that more than a quarter of a million people died, half of them young children.

North Korea to build replicas of Big Ben and Eiffel Tower for big-budget Pyongyang theme park, despite a food crisis that has left 2% of children suffering 'chronic malnutrition'

Country-wide building projects believed to represent an end to decades of austerity in North Korea, with the government using the slogan 'no more belt-tightening'

Joo-il Kim, a North Korean defector who now lives in New Malden, Surrey

Q&A: So, North Korean defector Joo-il Kim, what was life like for you at home?

The Independent spoke to Joo-il Kim, a North Korean defector who now lives in New Malden, Surrey, about his life and the current political stand-off in Korea. His story of what led to him escaping is one of shocking sadness, but since coming to the UK - where he is working on a newspaper to smuggle into the country - he has been able to lead a much happier life.

Joo-il Kim defected from North Korea and now lives in New Malden

Never mind nuclear war, says North Korean defector Joo-il Kim, the reality of famine is bad enough

Joo-il Kim believes the rhetoric is just a distraction

Kevin McGeever owned a palatial home in Craughwell, Galway

Irish property developer Kevin McGeever held by police investigating alleged 'kidnap'

When he was found Mr McGeever had lost around five stone in weight, had a long beard, hair and nails and had to be treated for malnutrition

Pablo Neruda foundation supports exhumation of Nobel Prize-winning poet's body for autopsy

The body of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed for an autopsy seeking clues to what killed him.

Irish tycoon 'had gun held to his head during eight-month captivity'

The brother of a businessman found wandering dishevelled in rural Ireland after an eight-month absence has said a gun was held to his head and his life threatened several times while he was held captive.

We can help poorer countries by tackling tax evasion and avoidance

Britain is leading the fight against global hunger. Millions of families in the world's poorest countries are getting the food and nutrition they need, thanks to the hard work of our charities, the generosity of our people, and the UK development budget.

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Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
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Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

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Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

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Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

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Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
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Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
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Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

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Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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