Charity calls for pacemakers to be removed from dead patients and reused

Pace4Life say thousands of the life-saving devices are thrown away each year, when they could be used to treat patients in the developing world

TV Review: EastEnders, BBC1

David Wicks (Michael French) was in particularly good form on EastEnders last night, delivering a masterclass in menace.

The 10 Best Eco toys

Give your children an early lesson in values with this pick of educational and environmentally friendly playthings

Despite the obvious passion of many fans, is Wembley always the best environment for the national team?

Comment: Wembley is not a home ground for England – it’s a handicap

Which constituency does the great temple beneath the arch serve? 

iPhone 5s: Apple fanboys get their mitts on the latest models...or do they?

After BBC anchor Simon McCoy picked up a pack of printer paper instead of his iPad, hordes of eager Apple fans fell into the same trap! D'oh!

Are your parents planning on nicking your bedroom? Probably...

From walk-in wardrobes to guest bedrooms - 76 per cent of new students' parents have grand designs for their kids' rooms

New homes should have bin stores, says Eric Pickles

New homes should be built with storage areas for wheelie bins to end the scourge of “bin-blighted” streets in England, the Communities Secretary has said.

Homeless man dies from ‘catastrophic injuries’ after bin he was sleeping in is taken to recycling plant

Ranjit Singh’s body was discovered among piles of rubbish

Firefighters tackle a fire at the recycling plant J&A Young in Birmingham

Lanterns are a 'threat to life': senior MP speaks out following the biggest fire ever seen at a West Midlands factory

Calls for a ban on Chinese lanterns are made after one is understood to have started a fire causing £6million in damage

Festival-goers leave Glastonbury Festival as the clean up begins

Glastonbury 2013: The big clean-up in numbers

As thousands of Glastonbury festival-goers pack up their tents today they will wade through fields of litter, not mud.

Anger at Monmouthshire council limits on rubbish bags

Plans by a Welsh council to restrict the amount of rubbish to be collected to two sacks per fortnight have provoked anger, with more than 1,000 people signing a petition opposing the limit.

Refuse collectors to go on strike in Green Party controlled council

Refuse and recycling workers at a Green Party controlled council will launch a week-long strike over pay tomorrow, causing collections to be suspended.

The Maflow car component plant, in Trezzano sul Naviglio, on the outskirts of Milan, crashed with €300m debts in 2009, shedding all but 80 of its 320 staff

How being laid off paid off for Italian car workers

In the face of a seemingly never-ending recession, a group of Italian workers is attempting to reassume control of its own destiny by occupying the factory that laid them off – in order to start their own business.

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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'
He's behind you, dude!

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?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there