Oprah Winfrey to receive Medal of Freedom

Chat show host Oprah Winfrey, women's rights activist Gloria Steinem and former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee will be honoured with a Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.

UK charities hit back at salary criticism after revelation that 30 bosses paid more than £100,000 a year

Charities commission claims disproportionate wages risk bringing 'the wider charitable world into disrepute'

Urine is not the best cure for a jellyfish sting

To pee or not to pee? Red Cross says using urine on jellyfish stings won't help

An unexpected boom in the number of jellyfish swarming around our coasts has prompted an unusual warning from the British Red Cross – don’t pee on a jellyfish sting.

You shouldn't pee on a jellyfish sting like in ‘Friends’ - and other medical myths

We all remember the episode when Monica, Chandler and Joey head to the beach. Monica gets stung by a jellyfish and to ease her pain Chandler urinates on her leg. And thus a worldwide health lesson was learned.

Urine is not the best cure for a jellyfish sting

To pee or not to pee? Red Cross says using urine on jellyfish stings won't help

An unexpected boom in the number of jellyfish swarming around our coasts has prompted an unusual warning from the British Red Cross – don’t pee on a jellyfish sting.

Primark escapes Bangladesh tragedy to report massive rise on sales

Primark escapes Bangladesh tragedy to report massive rise on sales

The budget clothing company saw a 22 per cent rise in year-on-year sales despite the Rana Plaza accident

Flat-pack fix for refugees

Ikea contributes to World Refugee Day with flat-pack fix for refugees... if they can build it

It’s been a rocky month for Ikea. The flat-packer’s flat-packer-in-chief – founder Ingvar Kamprad – left the company at the beginning of the month, a few days after British customers had been complaining in their droves (well, 50) about the firm’s spooky gnome advert.

Syrian children sleeping inside their family's tent in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Save the Children release images of Syria's children on 'death journeys' trying to escape civil war

The charity have teamed up with photographer Moises Samen to capture children and their families crossing boarders into neighbouring countries as part of today's World Refugee Day

A young Myanmar Muslim Rohingya refugee looks on behind a wired fence

Muslim refugees in Burma will be forced to remain in squalid emergency camps for at least 12 months, warns minister Alan Duncan

A British minister who visited tens of thousands of Muslim refugees in Burma said he believes they will be forced to remain in squalid emergency camps for at least another 12 months as there is no quick-fix solution to the crisis.

Leaders of the world's most powerful nations papered over their differences on Syria to agree a joint position at the G8 summit

G8: World leaders appeal to allies of Assad to force the Syrian President to surrender power

Loyalists could have a future in a new Syria if they topple their President

IF supporters in Hyde Park yesterday

Let's not kid ourselves - people power has almost nothing to do with this fight against global hunger

If you're looking for heroes, the best place to start is in the Lancet

North Korea sanctions 'hit humanitarian aid'

New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea's nuclear weapons programme are having unintended consequences.

Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

British military team will be sent to Somalia to train troops and help combat human rights abuses

UK will also contribute to a £50 million international fund for the state

British Foreign Secretary William Hague visiting a World Food Programme Center on the outskirts of Beirut earlier this year

European countries cut international aid

OECD reports budgets are down by 4 per cent but Britain sticks to foreign-spending target

David Miliband resigns from Sunderland board after Di Canio is hired

South Shields MP cites 'past political statements' of manager who once claimed to be a 'fascist'

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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

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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

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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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
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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

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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

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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