News A stretch of the M1, the motorway where two men died on Thursday

Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

Fundraiser Jamie McDonald who is running across Canada dressed as The Flash to raise money for children's hospitals.

'British Forrest Gump' Jamie McDonald beaten and robbed in New Years attack in Canada

The fundraiser said all his possessions were stolen in the incident in Banff

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry apologises after mocking Mitt Romney's adopted black grandson

Segment on her TV show poked fun at Mitt Romney's adopted black grandson

Greg Page missed out on millions and was killed by the tubes that were keeping him alive

Steve Bunce on Boxing: If there’s to be another heavyweight ‘lost generation’ they will do well to rival the crazy crew of the 1980s

There is a history in boxing of chaos following stability in the heavyweight division and now that Vitali Klitschko has left his title in an attempt to become Ukraine’s president, the greed, secret lobbying and joyful expectation have returned to the sport’s division of kings.

Want an earnest answer to 'voluntourism'? The International Citizen Service may be for you

Is it possible to travel the world and actually do some good?

Beckham’s dreams of becoming a ‘Sir David’ – and the resultant headlines about ‘Britain’s other royal family’ – were all but dashed when the New Year Honours List was finally revealed

Do not arise, Sir Beckham: David misses out on knighthood as Katherine Jenkins appears among the 2014 New Year Honours List surprises

The former England football captain and Olympic ambassador was nowhere to be seen, but the opera singer, DJ Pete Tong and the Queen's gynaecologist were

Family focus: Mark Zuckerberg

The rules on Facebook etiquette for parents, children and siblings

How do you keep familial relations sweet on social media?

What we can learn from the numbers Twitter and Facebook don't want us to see

Perhaps we should question social media more in 2014

Tales from the Water Cooler: Even sinning ain't what it used to be

Your moral compass may be a little off-kilter this week, due to our annual Yuletide willingness to explore the seven deadly sins.

Mind your language: 2013's words of the year

New terms entered common parlance with exuberant frequency this year. But what the most popular ones tell us about ourselves is not especially flattering

2013 - the year in review: Don’t hold the front page yet, as the PCC survives and the BBC wobbles on

Even Tony Hall admitted that his colleagues at the BBC had ‘lost the plot’. One MP called it ‘corporate fraud and cronyism’

Householders have taken to Twitter to express their frustration towards energy companies handling the power cuts

Public anger grows at energy companies' handling of Christmas power cuts crisis

Thousands of homes are still without power

Firefighters put out a blaze after an ex-Lebanese minister was killed in a powerful bomb blast in central Beirut

Lebanon: Hezbollah critic Mohamad Chatah’s murder blamed on Shia militant movement

Attack threatens to heighten tensions between the Syrian President’s allies and opponents

Police launch investigation after man's body found in Kidderminster pond

Police have launched an investigation after the body of a man was found in a pond in Kidderminster this morning.

Justin Bieber announces his retirement from music on Twitter - and this time it's 'official'

The pop star told 47 million beliebers he was 'officially' retiring

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine