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."

Children found starving in rural Australia

Aboriginal disadvantage has not rated a mention during the Australian election campaign – there are few votes in it. But as the party leaders criss-crossed the country this week, shocking evidence emerged at a government inquiry: children in remote indigenous communities are starving.

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SW19 diary: Federer win keeps Oxfam bet bequest on track

It wasn't just fans of Roger Federer who breathed a sigh of relief when the Swiss reigning champion recovered to win in five sets yesterday: Oxfam was happy too. If Federer had been buried by his Colombian opponent then a bet from beyond the grave that could make the charity more than £100,000 would have been six feet under as well.

Donated book makes Oxfam £37k

Oxfam had its biggest windfall at an auction after a 19th-century book that was donated to one of the charity's shops sold for £37,200.

Oxfam condemns Haiti single tax claims

A leading charity today described reports that VAT waived from the Haiti earthquake charity single was to be clawed back by the Treasury as "extremely disappointing".

Leading article: Natural disasters demand a radical new response

The world's system of dealing with earthquakes and floods is outdated

BBC under fire for Band Aid 'slur'

Charities in uproar at claims that donations were spent on weapons

China accuses Oxfam of 'infiltration'

Oxfam shops have outfitted some of Britain's greatest rock stars, from Morrissey to Jarvis Cocker. But don't expect China's pop icons to be shopping there any time soon.

Forgotten authors No. 47: Nevil Shute & Eric Ambler

I sometimes wonder if this column's title is entirely right; perhaps it should be called 'Invisible Ink' because, while neither Nevil Shute nor Eric Ambler is truly forgotten, their words have faded to a faintness only discerned by loyal fans. Reprints are available and second-hand copies lie in Oxfam shops, but both authors have been caught out by the passage of time.

Barbara Stocking: Impatience of media ignores the facts

Alongside the reporting of the terrible effects of the Haitian earthquake, a second narrative has emerged in some parts of the media. According to a small but influential band of critics, the relief effort has been too slow, hampered by a lack of co-ordination between agencies. The BBC went as far as reporting accusations of a "vanity parade" in Haiti.

UK assistance team heading for Haiti

A team of specially trained firefighters from West Sussex were among those preparing to fly out to help rescue victims of the Haiti earthquake today.

Oxfam suffers as donations drop by 15 per cent

Oxfam suffered a 15 per cent fall in the amount of goods donated to its shops last year. It said that despite figures showing a rise in retail sales, donations of clothes, books, toys and crockery continued to be down during January.

'Until the West makes sacrifices, nothing will change'

Photographer Martin Parr visited a Vietnamese village to capture the lives of people for whom flooding caused by climate change is a fact of life

Errors & Omissions: The Cost of War in Afghanistan

In last Sunday's article, 'Vast Majority of Britons back IoS call for UK forces to leave', we referred to Oxfam's report, The Cost of War in Afghanistan. We would like to make it clear that this report reflected the cost of the war over the last thirty years and not merely the last eight years.'

The unwanted equation: poverty vs climate change

The proposed Copenhagen climate treaty has plenty of jargon – "mitigation" and "adaptation" are two examples already given. But the key word may yet turn out to be "additionality".

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