Life and Style Oxfam broke ties with Scarlett Johansson over her SodaStream ad

In a YouTube video with nearly five million views, Scarlett Johansson leans seductively into the camera and purrs: "My real job is saving the world."

How the tax man can help you help others

If the plight of the Kosovar refugees has led you to consider making a donation then a new law is on your side

War in the Balkans: Thousands respond with cash to disaster appeal

THOUSANDS OF callers jammed telephone donation hotlines within an hour of the televised launch yesterday of the official charity appeal for Kosovar refugees.

Aid agencies in TV plea to raise money

BRITISH CHARITIES, co- ordinated by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) will step up efforts today to increase aid to refugees fleeing the horrors of Serb attacks in Kosovo by beginning a joint television appeal for urgent donations.

African schools in crisis, says Oxfam Africans in deep crisis

THE SIGHT of African schoolchildren gathered enthusiastically for class in the shade of a tree is becoming rarer, and poverty is increasing as a consequence, Oxfam will warn today.

Letter: Mother and child

Sir: I was overjoyed to read Natasha Walter's column (15 March). A successful feminist, she has the imagination and empathy to understand that not all mothers wish to work outside the home while their children are small.

Gucci? No, darling, it's Oxfam

Knowing where - and how - to shop is the key to stylish dressing. And we're not talking Bond Street, says Melanie Rickey

South Africa: Primetime

The press roasted Helen Mirren for her recent performance in `Anthony and Cleopatra', but the tables are turned when she takes to the road for Oxfam in South Africa. Marina Cantacuzino joined her. Photographs by Brian Moody

Weapons trade `as vigorous as ever'

MILITARY EQUIPMENT refused an export licence by the Belgian government may have been flown out of Britain instead, a report out today suggests. The goods disappeared, probably somewhere in Africa, before they reached their stated destination.

Fashion: What, no safety pins? On the street

Hannah Hunter meets the post-punk punters at an exhibition of vintage Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren clothes

Well done, Mr Cook. Your latest failure's a success

The arms code might not stop one shipment. But the Foreign Secretary deserves credit for any code at all

Aid workers hit by expat tax changes

AID organisations are having to find extra cash to compensate field workers whose salaries are no longer tax-free.

Second-hand gets classy as rich join poor in search of a designer label bargain

JARVIS Cocker does it. So do Paul McCartney and Brian May. According to a new survey, Britain spends pounds 5bn a year at charity shops, second-hand shops and car-boot sales.

Charity status could save village shops

POST offices and small shops in threatened country villages could become charities under radical proposals being considered by the Charity Commission.

Letter: Arms catalogue

Arms catalogue

Diana's death boosts money for charities

THE death of Diana, Princess of Wales, sparked an massive increase in the amount of money given to charity, it emerged yesterday.
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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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