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."

Oxfam bucks trend with record £385m income

The poverty charity Oxfam achieved record income figures last year despite the downturn in the third sector, which has left many charities struggling for donations. The latest UK Giving Report published by the Charities Aid Foundation showed a 4.3 per cent drop in aggregate donations to large charities.

Oxfam hopes for Federer Wimbledon win after man leaves bet in will

While the nation roots for its first British Wimbledon champion in 76 years, one charity could be hoping that Federer takes the title.

Top law firm celebrates International Women's Day with cake-baking competition

A top UK law firm has celebrated International Women's Day with a 'bake off'.

Drought disaster threatens 13 million

Drought has left 13 million people on the brink of a full-scale humanitarian crisis in West Africa.

Employers reject jobs scheme that's all work and no pay

Backlash spreads against project that forces benefit claimants to give their time for free 

Sales jump at Oxfam as austerity bites

Oxfam posted a 5 per cent jump in underlying sales over the final quarter of last year, laying bare pressure on household budgets in austerity Britain.

Supermarket staff live 'in poverty'

Hundreds of thousands of workers at the big four grocers are not paid a living wage, claims study
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The 10 best diaries

1. Agenda Graphic Building

As well as attractive graphic illustrations throughout, it comes with a sticker sheet and tear-off postcards. All the profits go towards the upkeep of the V&A museum.

£15, vandashop.com

Oxfam official quits Haiti post

Oxfam GB's country director in Haiti has resigned amid an inquiry into allegations of staff misconduct, the charity has said.

Caught in the Net - A surgical strike from Annie Clark

"Surgeon", the new single from Annie Clark (below), better known as the artful US indie pop act St Vincent, is brilliantly strange.

Child labour in Pakistan on the rise a year after devastating floods

With their parents still unable to find jobs, children are being sent to hazardous areas to scour for badly needed income

Parts of south Somalia suffering from famine, says UN

Parts of southern Somalia are suffering from famine, a UN official said today, and tens of thousands of Somalis have already died in the worst hunger emergency in a generation.

'Irregularities' in Oxfam Pakistan flood funds

Oxfam has launched an investigation into its finances after finding "irregularities" in their flood relief programme in Pakistan.

World's food system broken, Oxfam warns

Doubling of prices and 70 per cent rise in demand means millions more will go hungry
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