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Save the Children ambassador Myleene Klass models a Christmas jumper

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Children in the UK continue to enjoy some of the best standards of living in the world despite a global increase in child hunger, according to research by a leading charity.

Government pledges £1bn to family planning in developing world

The Government will today pledge to donate more than £1 billion to help family planning services in the developing world.

Pregnancy is 'biggest teenage killer worldwide'

Pregnancy is the biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide, a charity has said.

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Contrary to popular belief, a degree from a top university doesn’t guarantee a job after university. Many graduates struggle for months to find gainful employment, filling out endless applications to no avail, with the spectre of their student loan hanging over them.

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Nearly 40% of people who fear they might have cancer delay visiting a doctor because they are worried about what they will find, according to new research.

280,000 girls accept sex abuse as being normal

As many as 280,000 teenage girls are suffering from sexual abuse because they believe it is an accepted part of relationships or do not believe they can stop it, the NSPCC has warned.

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I hear from someone in a position to know that Lambeth Palace is not pleased with the unusual “Sunday Service” delivered by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, in a column in The Sun on Sunday.

Miller: both Nordoff-Robbins and the BRIT School have reason to thank him

Andrew Miller: Concert promoter and lauded fund-raiser

Nobody buys a concert ticket because of the name of the promoter at the top of the poster or on the ticket. Yet when something goes wrong on a tour or at an outdoor event the promoter often gets the blame – from the paying public, the media and the artists themselves. That this hardly ever happened to the British concert promoter Andrew Miller, during his four decades of putting on the likes of Barry Manilow, Meat Loaf and Nana Mouskouri, is testament to his organisational and personal qualities.

Edinburgh's Forest Fringe branches out

The Forest Fringe is putting down roots in London with a residency at the Gate. The tiny, not-for-profit hub started life in 2007, churning out free, round-the-clock experimental theatre in the Forest Café, just off Bristo Square at the heart of the Edinburgh Fringe. Over five years it has become a crucial stop-off for anyone looking for the next big thing from new work by Bryony Kimmings to Kindle's play/ dinner party held in the back of a van. Last year, Daniel Kitson performed a midnight gig at the cafe that went on until dawn.

Government aims to clear adoption hurdles

The Government is to legislate to ensure that potential adoptions are not blocked purely because the would-be parents are not the same race as the child, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced today.

300 children die every hour of every day because of malnutrition

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One young child in four around the world is too malnourished to grow properly, a major new investigation reveals

£800m funding for waterways trust

The new “national trust for waterways” will receive £800 million in funding over the next 15 years to help it look after canals and rivers, the Government said today.

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