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."

Steve Connor: Even rain brings no relief


The aid effort: Rescue response 'not up to crisis'

As aid organisations from around the world mobilised to help the victims of the Sumatra disaster yesterday, a UN official warned that the emergency efforts so far were inadequate for the scale of the problem.

Album: 7 Worlds Collide, The Sun Came Out, (Columbia)

Neil Finn, Liam Finn, Johnny Marr, Jeff Tweedy, assorted Radioheaders and, er, KT Tunstall... All proceeds to Oxfam... What could go wrong? Not much, actually, and Finn Sr's charity project is indeed worthy and occasionally wonderful.

Early Christmas card threats probed

It is a long-held complaint of many shoppers: Christmas appears to get earlier every year. The sight of stores decorated in tinsel and baubles, rocking to the strains of Jingle Bells in mid-August are apparently becoming all too frequent... in Yorkshire, anyway.

Boom for Britain's volunteer army as graduates face the dole

They are young, gifted and out of work: Britain's record number of graduates and A-grade A-level students. But instead of sitting on their haunches and signing on the dole queue, record numbers have enlisted in Britain's volunteer army.

Da Vinci code author 'tops Oxfam donation list'

His new novel is tipped to set new global sales records - but Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's works are revealed today as the books most likely to be offloaded to second-hand shops.

Free tickets on offer with Arctic Monkey's Oxfam single

Shoppers picking up Arctic Monkeys' new single from Oxfam today could win "golden tickets" to see them in person.

Ox-Tales: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, various authors

To raise money for its charities and celebrate the impending world domination of its second-hand bookshops, it seems appropriate that Oxfam has published this collection of four books of short stories. Not because they draw attention to Oxfam’s good work - mostly, they ignore it. But because one comes away from them as one comes away from a good second-hand bookshop: baffled by riches and with a ballooning reading list.

Boyd Tonkin: A feast of stories for a planet in want

The Week In Books

Lives Remembered: Michael Harris

In her book A Cause for our Times: Oxfam, the first 50 years, Maggie Black wrote of my father: “[Michael] Harris was a Quaker who detested conflict and injustice, a person of deep convictions which he carefully hid behind an idiosyncratic style modelled somewhere between George Bernard Shaw and Bertie Wooster.”

Party Of The Week: Making Hay while the sun shines

There was a party atmosphere as well as a party at the Hay-on-Wye Festival of Literature and the Arts over the bank holiday weekend. Record temperatures brought a record crowd – more than 20,000 in one day – to hear speakers ranging from the great historian Eric Hobsbawm to a great piece of cultural history, Jane Birkin.

Public gives £600,000 to Gaza appeal before broadcasts are aired

The Gaza appeal which the BBC is refusing to broadcast raised £600,000 before it was shown. Donations flooded in to the Disasters Emergency Committee website before the initial transmission of the two-minute appeal on ITV1 last night.

Mary Dejevsky: Oxfam is there to help people – not to dabble in politics

The catastrophic conditions in the Gaza Strip, brought about by Israel's military action against rocket attacks from Hamas, have brought out some of the best in individuals and organisations – as extreme situations so often do.

Cause and effect: how to choose presents that make a difference

From charity cards to sending animals to Africa, Nargis Ahmad and Julian Knight look for Christmas gifts that will help the developing world

Miliband hoping for strong commitments to battle global warming

Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband today called for a European deal on renewable energy and reducing emissions as the "only route" to securing an international agreement on global warming.

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