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The province of Lopburi, 150km north-east of Bangkok, is famous for the hundreds of crab-eating macaques that overrun its Old Town – including the 13th-century temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot.

Jiroemon Kimura, 115, became the oldest man in recorded history on Friday, according to record keepers.

Japanese 115-year-old becomes oldest man in recorded history

Jiroemon Kimura, a 115-year-old Japanese man born when Queen Victoria still reigned over the British Empire, became the oldest man in recorded history on Friday, according to record keepers.

The wreckage of the Air Bagan Fokker 100 near Inle Lake

British family among 11 injured in Burma air crash

Pilot may have mistaken road for runway in accident that killed three including man who was crushed while riding his motorcycle on the road where the aircraft hit

Christmas with the child soldiers

Even as instability continues in the Central African Republic, Unicef are doing everything they can to give former child soldiers a proper Christmas day

Prawn, persimmon and cucumber salad

Prawn, persimmon and cucumber salad

Serves 6-8

The shop lacking in packaging

An innovative shop sells everything you could ever need for a great meal. There's only one catch – it won't give you anything to take it all home in. Gillian Orr investigates

Unpackaged, which sells mostly organic and fair-trade produce into reusable containers supplied by the customer, has just opened in Hackney, London

Innovative shop Unpackaged is at the forefront of a consumer revolution

It sells everything you could ever need for a great meal. There's only one catch – it won't give you anything to take it all home in.

Kenneth Kendall: Much-loved newsreader who became the first to be seen on screen

When, on 4 September 1955, Kenneth Kendall became the first newscaster to appear on a British television screen in the flesh, it was the culmination of years of debate at the BBC – at first over whether it was right to broadcast news on television at all, and then whether images of any kind might distort the message.

Tong Chee Hwee: 'Poached nashi pears with bitter almonds are a great way to fend off winter colds'

My Life in Food: Tong Chee Hwee

'Poached nashi pears with bitter almonds are a great way to fend off winter colds'

Books of the Year 2012: Food

From art to sport, poetry to nature, travel to food, history to music: our writers select the best of the year’s books in a comprehensive guide to the highlights in every shade of the literary spectrum – except grey

Alan Yau, restauranteur: 'Comfort food should have a touch of umami, like dolly noodles or japanese curry'

My life in food: Alan Yau, Restaurateur

'So many chefs use excessive fat to enhance flavours. I use herbs and spices'

Lamb with saffron rice and walnuts by Salma Hage

Lamb with saffron rice and walnuts

Ingredients to serve 4

Thinking of Ewe: Prime Minister David Cameron's drawing goes under the hammer

A signed doodle by Prime Minister David Cameron is going under the hammer for schemes run by the Cornwall-based Eden Project.

Unleashed, Barbican Theatre, London

In a central scene of Unleashed, accounts of the fears and frustrations of young Londoners build into a scene inspired last year’s riots.

Porcini and cavolo nero risotto by Margot Henderson

Porcini and cavolo nero risotto

Ingredients to serve 4

Nadine Dorries MP was the first person evicted from the 2012 I'm A Celebrity... contest

I'm A Celebrity experience made Nadine Dorries 'not so self-important'

MP Nadine Dorries became the first person to be evicted from I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! after 12 days in the jungle.

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

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Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

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
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all