News North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (left) inspects the command of Korean People's Army. The country's Defence Commission has sent an open letter to South Korea calling for an end to

The letter comes ahead of military exercises between the US and South Korea that the North sees as provocative

Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array which could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans

Kids today! They’re so, so... kind: We’ve had wasters and entrepreneurs. But the new generation of youth are big into philanthropy

Doing good as a teenager used to mean mowing granny’s lawn or teaching English badly in a randomly selected  developing country. Then came the me-me millennials whose circuit-board brains helped propel them to overnight riches. Next up: a new generation that combines good intentions, Facebook entrepreneurialism and a desire to save humanity and/or the planet.

Fit For Work pilot: the scheme makes sense, but let's hope it isn't another Atos

I’m not sure I trust this Government to run the scheme in a sensible and sensitive manner given the way some reforms have been conducted so far

The late Venezuelan president in 2007

The secret of Hugo Chavez's hold on his people

The late president had wit and could play a crowd like a trouper

Keep your redactions. We want the whole truth

These Byzantine structures are riddled with secrecy, privilege, careerism, intrigue...
Theshadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper

Make it harder for migrants to receive Jobseekers Allowance, says Labour's Yvette Cooper

The shadow Home Secretary also said foreign workers should not be allowed to claim child benefit for youngsters living abroad

Editorial: This could be the birth of the activist footballer

Full marks to Kevin-Prince Boateng and AC Milan. In the face of racist abuse from fans at a (far from) friendly match on Thursday, the Ghanaian player walked off the field and the rest of his team duly followed him.

Editorial: A not-so-new dawn in Japan

When Japan's Liberal Democratic Party suffered its first election defeat in more than 50 years, it was widely heralded as the end of an era. Just three years later, however, the LDP has made a spectacular comeback, more than doubling its seats in the lower house of the Diet and catapulting Shinzo Abe – the former Prime Minister who lasted just a single, shambolic year in office – back into the top job.

President of Catalonia and of the Pro-Independent Catalan Convergence and Unity party (CIU) Artur Mas, casts his ballot for regional elections held in Catalunyaon

Artur Mas: The safe pair of hands who became radical leader of a revolution

With a reputation for being a hardheaded, canny, political calculator, at first glance Artur Mas has always seemed an unlikely figure to lead Catalonia on what has - after yesterday's elections - become an increasingly uncertain path towards possible independence.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and their wives Ann and Janna, embrace after Mr Romney concedes defeat

Will the Republican party be able to choose from a stronger field next time?

Mitt Romney may not have been the saviour they were looking for, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Republican who truly believes that a different candidate, from the array who put themselves up for the Presidential nomination, would have made a better fist of the job.

The regime said President Assad and his wife, Asma, had no plans to leave Syria

Assad's regime issues chemical weapons threat

The Syrian regime admitted for the first time yesterday that it possesses weapons of mass destruction, as it dismissed as "flagrant interventionism" an Arab League offer to provide a safe exit for President Bashar al-Assad and his family if he steps aside.

MI5 warning over terror-trained Britons

Britons are increasingly heading to the Middle East for terrorist training in preparation for attacks in the wake of the Arab Spring, the head of MI5 has said.

Last night's viewing: Surviving Progress, BBC4; Revenge, E4

It's hard to imagine that this film won't find a sympathetic audience

Album: The Hilliard Ensemble, Carlo Gesualdo: Quinto Libro di Madrigali (ECM New Series)

The quartet turn to the fifth book of Gesualdo's madrigals, an orgy of ecstatic grief and weeping wrought in angelic interlaced harmonies, as in "S'io non miro non moro": "I die if I do not look, but live not when I look – thus I am dead, but not bereft of life."

Stop plundering of the Titanic, says expert who found wreck

New rules must be implemented to stop people from plundering the Titanic, according to Dr Robert Ballard, who found the ship nearly 27 years ago.

Turf cutters invoke Easter Rising in row over peat bogs

In events that might inspire an Irish dramatist, an unholy turf war has broken out across the country's bogs, pitting the government, the European Commission and the green lobby against rural-dwellers fighting for the right to heat their homes.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas