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."

Paul Vallely: For those living on the margins, any change can prove fatal

There is nothing natural about the way that a billion people in the world cling to the extremity of existence

Martin Parr: Objects of their affection

Photographer Martin Parr asked key cultural figures to pose with the one item they'd save in a flood. It's a project that has a serious point, says Charlotte Cripps

Fire damages Oxfam clothes warehouse

Scores of firefighters battled a blaze that left an Oxfam warehouse badly damaged yesterday.

Blaze at Oxfam warehouse

Scores of firefighters battled a blaze that left an Oxfam warehouse badly damaged.

The Insider: How to find nice junk online

Oh the joy of stumbling across a little second-hand shop, crammed with random tat – and hidden treasures. They're rare these days, and increasingly pricy. The good news? There are lots of ways to get your rummage fix online (and it doesn't begin and end with eBay).

Lives Remembered: Tim Brierly

Tim Brierly, a founding member of Oxfam's African aid team, has died at the age of 84. An inveterate traveller, an efficient administrator, a helpful and appreciative boss, Tim epitomised the kind of solid, colonial professionalism Oxfam's aid programme enjoyed in the pioneering days of the 1960s.He belonged to that special cadrewho – thanks to Britain's then rolein the world – did and saw extraordinary things at a very young age.Entering the colonial service atthe last gasp of Empire, their careers were cut short by the "winds of change" in Africa, and Oxfam was lucky to recruit them.

Charities lose thousands as crime gangs target clothing donations

Clothes donated by members of the public to charity are being stolen by organised criminals and sold abroad, depriving leading charities of millions of pounds for good causes.

Cash Ventures: Oxfam chief in talks to raise a 'fund of funds'

Dame Barbara Stocking, chief executive of Oxfam GB, is in talks with European financial services groups about creating a "fund of funds". This would raise capital to invest directly in projects to help would-be entrepreneurs in some of the world's poorest regions.

'Since I was 18, I have wanted to save the world'

Oxfam's first lady is building bridges with the private sector to bring more focus and money to the business of helping others rise out of poverty

Diary: Kasabian's loss, Oxfam's gain

Elton John opened his own pop-up shop in Covent Garden to sell his old outfits. Kylie Minogue's costumes were the subject of an exhibition at the V&A. Yet despite being the frontman for the band named "Best Act in the World Today" at this week's Q Awards, Kasabian's Tom Meighan chose to dispose of the contents of his wardrobe at his local branch of Oxfam, in Leicester. The singer recently made two trips to deposit more than 100 items at the charity shop, including an £800 Vivienne Westwood jacket, signed T-shirts and Leicester City football strips. Meighan wore many of the garments at gigs and festivals; they have, allegedly, been washed since. "He was quite interested in how much money we made," store manager Ahsan Sheikh told the Leicester Mercury. "I said I'd let him know." (Let us know, too!) Among the apparel from Meighan's collection available to buy online is a pair of black jeans, which staff have helpfully placed in the "Women's Clothing" section of the store's website. Hmm. I always thought they looked a bit tight.

Oxfam condemns Tory's plan for military link to aid

A plan to focus more Government aid on failed states which threaten Britain's security will put even more humanitarian workers at risk, the head of one of Britain's biggest charities has warned.

Amir Khan: Pakistan tragedy hits me harder than any opponent

Compassion for struggling Hatton and harrowing journey to flood-ravaged homeland of parents leaves champ with weight of world on his shoulders

From floods to fasting: How Pakistan’s recent natural disaster cast its shadow over Ramadan

As Ramadan drew to a close, the photographer Alixandra Fazzina, who witnessed the devastation of Pakistan first-hand, examined how Muslim celebrations were affected in both the flood-hit land and among the community in the UK

David Prosser: Where should bank tax money go?

Outlook Good luck to Oxfam as it attempts to give the flagging campaign for a "Robin Hood tax" on bank's profits a shot in the arm. I say flagging because, while the arguments for additional taxes on the banking sector have had some success in recent times – with a range of levies now planned around the world – those such as Oxfam who hoped the proceeds would be channelled towards the developing world have been disappointed.

Flood victims vent fury at lack of help

Pakistani flood victims, burning straw and waving sticks, blocked a highway to demand government help as aid agencies warned that relief was too slow to arrive for millions without clean water, food and homes.

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