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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."

Agencies plead for Congo cash

Britain's aid agencies are appealing for funds to ease the desperate plight of people affected by the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.

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New media charities: The digital battle to save Sierra Leone's children

Whether it's an online soap opera or cutting-edge film, Sophie Morris reports on how web-savvy charities are using the net to raise funds

Oxfam: Soaring food prices threaten millions

Millions of people in East Africa are being pushed into starvation and destitution due to rocketing food prices, a UK charity warned today.

The Jive Talker, by Samson Kambalu

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Festivals for free

There are still ways of getting to see your favourite bands at this summer’s festivals if you are willing to work for it.

Preview: Burma Cyclone Disaster Fundraiser, The Scala, London

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Sweatshop chic is so last year as fashion goes ethical

Launch of Oxfam's first designer shop leads trend for sustainable clothing

Beale's Best In Show: Oxfam (Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R)

I'm not entirely sure that I like this week's Best in Show. But I suspect that's actually the point.

Miliband urged to ban cluster bombs

Human rights and aid agencies have accused ministers of undermining the international plan to ban the use of cluster bombs.

DJ Shadow: The Kenya I saw

Soon after the hip-hop star DJ Shadow visited Kenya, the country errupted in violence. And the crisis is far from over

Booty for Oxfam after copycat row

Ripping off designer looks is a short cut to riches for some high street chains. But the latest case of copycat fashion has handed an unexpected windfall to Oxfam.

Expert View: Falling British bond yields: a tale of the unexpected

Given the inflationary pressures, the decline is truly remarkable

Leading article: Theories of relativity

It's been tough since at least 1859 for those who insist on the exclusive and invincibly superior nature of our species, and it's not getting any easier. Now we learn that we may have been rubbing along with chimpanzees in the closest possible way for four million years or so. This might make uncomfortable reading for some; others will wonder how the chimpanzees feel about it.

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